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New name for the Health Professions Council
On Wednesday 1 August 2012 we will change our name to the Health and Care Professions Council. At the same time, we will also become the statutory regulator of social workers in England, taking over regulatory responsibilities from the General Social Care Council. These changes have been made by government through the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Although not everyone who is registered with us works in ‘health’ or ‘care’, the new name is intended to better reflect the increasingly diverse range of professions we regulate, many of whom work in settings including education, community or social care. We will also be adopting a new strapline ‘Regulating health, psychological and social work professionals’ and this will be used on a range of materials including the website and social media as well as public information materials and the display materials used at professional conferences and events.
To help us, we commissioned independent research to gauge perceptions of possible names. This included telephone and online interviews and discussion-based focus groups. The findings showed that 81 per cent of the general public felt that ‘Health and Care Professions Council’ could best reflect the role of a regulator of many different professions. In the focus groups we ran, it was also the preferred option with both the public and the professionals we currently regulate who felt it was the most suitable name to cover the range of professions to be regulated by us.
To reflect the name change we have revised the main corporate logo as well as the registration logo, a bilingual English / Welsh logo and variants for use across our social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Chief Executive Marc Seale commented:
“On Wednesday 1 August 2012 we will change our name to the Health and Care Professions Council. This name more accurately reflects the diverse range of professions we regulate. However, we would like to reassure our registrants that we will be the same organisation and will continue to undertake the same regulatory functions.
“At the same time, the Health and Care Professions Council will also be expanding as we take on the regulation of 85,000 social workers in England. We are working hard to ensure both these changes happen as smoothly as possible and with minimal disruption to our professions. The necessary measures are being put in place and everyone in the organisation is committed to providing a high quality service to those we regulate.”
On Wednesday 1 August 2012, the new name and revised logo will appear on our website as well as on publications and in correspondence. HPC registration cards and certificates will remain valid and our standards unchanged. We have also revised the registration logo which registrants can use on stationery and marketing materials.
HPC’s existing professions will not be paying for these changes as they are being brought about through the Health and Social Care Act 2012. We have received a grant from the Department of Health to cover the cost of amending our materials due to the change of name and the work to allow social workers in England to join our Register.
There is no deadline for the discontinuation of the old registration logo or a requirement for registrants to change their marketing materials immediately. Where possible, we hope that registrants will move to the new logo as soon as possible, but understand that some may need time to use up stationery or materials. We are not asking registrants to incur undue costs as a result of this change, but to gradually phase in the changes where they can.
For more information about how these changes might impact on registrants visit www.hpc-uk.org/aboutus/namechange
For individuals using the current registration logo www.hpc-uk.org/registrants/promoting