HCPC deregistration

If you are a chartered physiotherapist you should check that you are still on the HCPC register. Any member who is missing from the register, or who has missed the 2022 deadline for reregistration, should read the following advice urgently

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Advice to all members

  • Reregister with the HCPC immediately. If you do so within one month of having been deregistered, there is no additional fee payable beyond the normal renewal fee
  • You must stop advising or seeing patients as a registered practitioner with immediate effect. You may undertake duties as an associate or undertake delegated activities
  • You must not use the protected titles of “Physiotherapist” or “Physical Therapist” until your HCPC registration is confirmed

Employed members

  • Inform your employer immediately that you are currently not HCPC registered (normally via your manager)
  • If you need support or advice, contact your CSP steward
  • NHS staff will likely have a local policy that sets out the role you can undertake and pay you will receive during this unregistered period
  • Non-NHS staff are less likely to have a local policy – check with your manager
  • Agree with you manager what duties you may undertake until your HCPC registration is confirmed
  • Agree what your pay will be during this period
  • If there are no duties that you can undertake, you may be placed on “gardening leave” (sent home and not expected to attend work, until your HCPC registration is confirmed) Note: This may be with or without pay, depending on your contract of employment and any local policies
  • Some organisations may start an investigatory process for failure to follow the professional regulators reregistration process. Where this is the case, seek advice and support from your local CSP steward
  • Once HCPC registration is confirmed, you can restart your practice

Self-employed members

  • You must stop advising or seeing patients as a registered practitioner with immediate effect. You may undertake duties as an associate or undertake delegated activities
  • You can employ others to take over your work, however; you should not undertake clinical support or clinical supervision with them.
  • You can provide managerial supervision of any staff
  • Once HCPC registration is confirmed, you can restart your practice

Temporarily working as a support worker

  • If your employer agrees you may work as a Physiotherapy Assistant whilst you are not on the register
  • In this instance you would need to make sure you're working to the job description of a Physiotherapy Assistant and have tasks delegated to you.
  • Because of insurance implications, you must complete our temporary associate member declaration and email it back to us. Please complete pages one and two only of the form and return it to enquiries@csp.org.uk.
  • Once we've received this, we will put a note on your record that you have completed it and are temporarily an associate member. 
  • Please read the information on our website about working as an assistant / support worker, and the scope of practice
  • Once you are returned to the register, please inform us so we can make sure you are back in the practising membership category when you need to be.

Help and support

If you are investigated by your employer, your local CSP steward can support you through the process. If there is no CSP steward in your employing organisation, call the CSP on 020 7306 6666 to seek further advice.

When completing the HCPC's reregistration form, members are advised to mindful of their professional obligation be open and transparent when answering the question of when they last practised as a registered physiotherapist. Members should note that if that period of time is following their removal from the HCPC register, the HCPC may investigate why this has been the case.

The CSP will support any member that is investigated by the HCPC, and you should seek support from your local CSP steward. If there is no CSP steward in your employing organisation, call the CSP on 020 7306 6666 to seek further advice

If you will suffer hardship by being unable to work, you can make an application to the Members Benevolent Fund (MBF).

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