Social workers should renew their registration now, says HCPC

More than three-quarters of social workers have yet to renew their registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, the regulator has revealed.

HCPC: It's easier and quicker to renew online (Image Broker/Rex Features)

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is urging social workers in England to renew their registration online now, rather than waiting until the November deadline.

Fifteen thousand social workers have renewed their registration online since 1 September, according to the HCPC, leaving approximately 70,000 still to log in and complete the process.

The regulator says it is both quicker and safer to renew online, because there is no risk that the forms will be delayed or lost in the post.

Mark Potter, the HCPC’s stakeholder communications manager, said managers and assistant directors should take some responsibility for ensuring their staff renew on time: “If your teams don’t register, they won’t be able to practise and it will affect service provision.”

The deadline for renewing – and paying your £152 registration fee in one or several instalments – is 30 November.

Social workers can pay in a single instalment or set up a direct debit payment of £38 every six months.

Video: HCPC chief executive Marc Seale explains how the renewal process works

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