Record numbers renew registration

A record number of physiotherapists renewed their registration with the Health Professions Council ahead of the cut-off date, the council has confirmed.

Despite a quarter of registrants still needing to submit their renewal two weeks before the 30 April deadline, the final count saw 95.1 per cent of physiotherapists return their forms.The number is the highest percentage return in the HPC’s seven-year history. Two years ago 9.6 per cent of registrations were allowed to lapse. If registrations fail to be renewed, individuals can no longer practise or use their protected title ‘physiotherapist’. Frontline reported concern about the number of physios still to renew registrations back in April. The same month, the HPC offered online registration for the first time, with 3,000 physios taking this option. The HPC pledged to continue to improve its internal processes and systems to ensure the number of registered practitioners continues to increase. HPC’s head of registrations, Richard Houghton, said: ‘This is a tremendous achievement. It reflects the HPC’s approach to continually improve processes and the excellent communication strategy delivered in partnership with the CSP.’ Sally Gosling, CSP assistant director, practice and development, said the renewals record was ‘excellent news’. ‘We will continue to liaise closely with the HPC to promote its regulatory requirements to members and to help identify how implementation of these can be made as straightforward as possible,’ she added.
Sally Priestley

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