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HPC promises action over re-registration storm

The Health Professions Council is to meet the CSP to discuss concerns over re-registration.

The CSP requested talks after it emerged that around 2,000 physios had been lapsed for allegedly failing to re-register correctly and on time. Sally Gosling, CSP head of professional development, wrote to the HPC, saying some members believed they had been lapsed ‘for reasons not to do with their own personal error’. She highlighted the disruptive impact lapsing had on individuals, their colleagues and patient services.

Dr Gosling told Frontline she hoped the meeting, on 27 August, would provide a positive opportunity to explore how the CSP could work with the regulator to boost awareness and understanding of professional regulation requirements.

In his reply agreeing to talks, HPC director of operations Greg Ross-Sampson said he was disappointed to see a ‘slight increase’ in the number of physios lapsed from the register this year, compared with two years ago. His letter goes on: ‘We do of course appreciate the disruptive impact a lapse in registration presents.’ The HPC would investigate fully and ‘put things right’ if it was clear the council ‘had made an error or indirectly contributed to the lapse in registration’.

Mr Ross-Sampson continues: ‘The next time physiotherapists are invited to renew their registration we hope to have an online renewal system in place. This project is a priority for the HPC as we believe that it will dramatically improve the renewal process for registrants. We are very keen to work collaboratively with the CSP so that the response to renewals is improved when this next takes place in 2009-2010.’

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