Registration consultation for social workers

The Health Professions Council has today launched a consultation on setting the registration cycle for social workers in England.

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The Health Professions Council has today launched a consultation on setting the registration cycle for social workers in England.

Social workers are currently expected by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) to renew in three yearly cycles on the anniversary of their initial registration.

However, the Health Professions Council (HPC), which is due to take over responsibility for the social care register in July 2012, expects professionals to renew at a set date every two years.

If the GSCC’s register is transferred as planned on 31 July 2012, social workers in England will be required to register with the HPC for the first time between August and 30 November 2012. The HPC is proposing that the end date for the registration cycle for social workers would then be 30 November in even numbered years.

Last month it was revealed that the timing of the transfer could result in some social workers having to pay twice to keep their place on the register.

The consultation will close on 29 February 2012. Take part

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