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Re-registration talks prove fruitful

The CSP has held ‘useful and constructive’ talks with the Health Professions Council to discuss concerns raised by physiotherapists over re-registration.

The Society requested a meeting after it emerged that around 2,000 physios had been lapsed after being deemed to have failed to re-register correctly and on time earlier this year.

CSP representatives met with a team of HPC officers led by Greg Ross-Sampson, HPC director of operations, on 27 August.

Sally Gosling, assistant director of practice and development at the CSP, told Frontline discussions centred on a number of issues.

She said the regulator had indicated it would work to cut the number of registrants who were lapsed in future re-registration processes. It was ‘very keen’ to hear directly from registrants whose personal experience of the recent exercise had not been straightforward.

‘The HPC has given its assurance that any concerns will be pursued and that it will use lessons learned to improve the services it provides to registrants,’ Dr Gosling said.

She said the HPC wanted registrants to be aware that a ‘programme of service improvements’ is already underway.

By the time physiotherapists go through re-registration again (in 2010), the HPC’s online re-registration system will be in place. Before this, registrants will also be able to amend their personal details, including change of address, online.

The HPC told the Society that the number of physiotherapists whose registrations were lapsed this year was a ‘little above the average for other professions’.

However, a significant proportion of these have now been re-registered.

Dr Gosling said: ‘The CSP is keen to work with the HPC to help raise awareness and to make the process of re-registration as smooth as possible for members, particularly as, the next time round, the HPC’s continuing professional development requirements will also be audited as a component of the process.’

She said the talks also focused on broader collaborative working to help CSP members engage with strengthened arrangements for professional regulation.

The meeting provided a useful opportunity to update the HPC on CSP activity to support members’ CPD and professionalism, Dr Gosling told Frontline. This includes the Society’s launch of its online portfolio and Charting the Future project.

FURTHER INFORMATION

To contact the HPC directly on re-registration issues, ring 0845 3004 472 or 020 7840 9802. Alternatively, email registration@hpc-uk.org

 

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