The window for renewing your registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) opens next Monday – but are you ready?
Over half of social workers aren’t, according to a survey by recruitment consultancy Liquid Personnel, which polled a range of permanent and agency social workers in both children’s and adults’ services.
51% of social workers surveyed said they do not feel ready for re-registration, even though failing to re-register will mean they can no longer practise as a social worker.
When asked how confident they felt that they know what is involved in the re-registration process, less than 10% of the social workers said they are “very confident” and 20% said they are “not confident at all”.
Almost half of social workers surveyed were “unsure” whether or not they know what’s involved in registration despite only having until the end of November to complete the process without which they will be unable to practise legally as social workers.
One social worker surveyed said: “I am aware that it will happen, however I have had no information about the registration.”
Another said: “Because this is a new system, I’m not quite sure what is expected in terms of continuing professional development.”
Alongside the re-registration process, a random sample of 2.5% of all social workers in England will submit evidence of their continuing professional development (CPD) for audit.
However, only a third of social workers surveyed by Liquid Personnel felt they have had adequate access to training and CPD materials. Almost half of social workers described their access to CPD support as “some but not enough”.
One agency worker said: “Some local authorities will not let you undertake training with them if a locum, so not only do you need to find and pay for it but also lose money for attending.”
Another temporary worker said: “It is difficult to maintain training when working as a locum. Any e-learning must be carried out in one’s own time. If one is employed by a local authority this is not the case.”
Jonathan Coxon, the managing director of Liquid Personnel, said: “It’s the first year of a new re-registration system, so communicating effectively to all social workers was always going to be a major challenge. It’s clear that there is still some work to be done.”