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HPC launches consultation on the registration renewal date for social workers in England

07/12/2011 - 07:00

Consultation on the registration cycle for social workers in England

The Health Professions Council (HPC) has today launched a consultation to invite stakeholders for their views on setting the registration cycle for social workers in England.  This is part of our preparatory work before opening the Register for the profession and is a statutory requirement in accordance with our Rules*.

The Health and Social Care Bill currently before Parliament provides for the transfer of the regulation of social workers in England from the General Social Care Council (GSCC) to the Health Professions Council (HPC). Subject to Parliamentary approval of the Bill, the GSCC register for social workers in England is expected to transfer to the HPC on 31 July 2012.

Unlike the GSCC where individuals renew in three yearly cycles on the anniversary of their registration, each profession registered with the HPC renews its registration in two yearly cycles. This means that when a profession is due to renew its registration the HPC writes to each individual and asks them to renew their registration by the end date of the registration period for their profession.

The HPC is proposing that the registration cycle for social workers in England should end on 30 November in even numbered years.

Assuming that the GSCC register for social workers in England is transferred as planned on 31 July 2012, this would mean that social workers in England would be required to renew their registration for the first time between August 2012 and 30 November 2012. The end date for the registration cycle for social workers in England would then continue to be 30 November in even numbered years on an on-going basis.

HPC’s Director of Policy and Standards, Michael Guthrie, said:

“The registration cycles for each of the professions we regulate are set out in our statutory rules and in order to set this cycle for social workers in England, the relevant dates must be added to these rules. This consultation will be of particular interest to social workers in England who will be regulated by the HPC in the future as well as interested groups and individuals.  We would welcome responses to our consultation as well as comments on any related issue.”

The consultation will run from 7 December 2011 - 29 February 2012.

See below link to the consultation:



Notes to Editors:

*Schedule five of the Health Professions Council (Registration and Fees) Rules
Order of Council 2003 outlines the registration end dates for each of the parts of
the HPC Register.

1 All media enquiries to Ebony Gayle on 020 7840 9784 or email

2 For further information about the consultation, please contact Alison Croad, Policy Officer on  or email

3 Responses to the document can be made by:

Writing to:
Policy and Standards Department
Health Professions Council
Park House
184 Kennington Park Road
SE11 4BU

You may also email responses to or send a fax to +44 (0)20 7820 9684.

4 If you would prefer your response not to be made public, please indicate this when you respond. We will publish on our website a summary of the responses we receive, and the decisions we have taken as a result. 

5 The full documents are available on-line and a copy can be downloaded from the HPC website:

6 The Health Professions Council is an independent, UK-wide health regulator set up by the Health Professions Order (2001).  The HPC keeps a register for 15 different health professions and only  registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HPC will take action against people who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

7 HPC currently regulates the following 15 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HPC. To see the full list of protected titles please

• Arts therapists
• Biomedical scientists
• Chiropodists and podiatrists
• Clinical scientists
• Dietitians
• Hearing aid dispensers
• Occupational therapists
• Operating department practitioners
• Orthoptists
• Paramedics
• Physiotherapists
• Practitioner psychologists
• Prosthetists and orthotists
• Radiographers
• Speech and language therapists

Ebony Gayle
0207 840 9784

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