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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) response to Department of Health's decision on the future funding of the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)

Date of publication: 13/02/2015
Category: Position statement
Audience: Journalists and media

The PSA oversees the 9 UK statutory regulators of health and care professionals. In 2011, the Government announced that the PSA would cease to be an arms-length body and would, in the future, be funded by these regulators. This includes the HCPC. The Department of Health recently consulted on options for how this funding might work and has now announced that it will be calculated on registrant numbers.

We are disappointed with this decision. We are the second largest regulator by registrant numbers, but have the lowest registration fee of the all the UK regulators of health and care professionals overseen by the PSA. We have strived to keep our registration fees as low as possible and believe the Department’s decision unfairly and disproportionately penalises our registrants. In the future we will be paying a greater percentage of our income to the PSA compared to other regulators whose total income is considerably higher than ours.

This decision will mean that we will have to examine increasing our registration fees in the short term which will directly impact on our registrants.

The HCPC remains committed to being the most efficient and cost effective UK statutory regulator of health and care professionals. We will be working with the Department for Health to make operational and legislative changes that will minimise the impact.

Additional information:

DH consultation outcomes document
HCPC consultation response

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