Setting the standard



GovernanceNRCPD is governed by a board which sets policy, spending priorities and strategic direction.

Board members act as the guardian of professional standards for the industry. Their decisions are supported by information and guidance provided by our professional standards advisors. The board is committed to making sure that deaf people, service providers and employers can access high quality communication services where ever they are in the UK.

The board is supported by professional bodies that participate in the NRCPD Practitioners' Forum. Here the full range of regulated professionals' views are discussed and fed formally and collectively into our decision making. Practitioners' Forum member organisations sign up to a Memorandum of Understanding, which gives the organisation direct, bi-annual meetings with our staff.

The board gets its authority from the Signature Board of Trustees, which established NRCPD in 2009 as an independent body to oversee the regulation of communication professionals. Signature Trustees set the Terms of Reference that delegate to NRCPD funds and overall responsibility for setting standards, policies and procedures for the regulation of communication professionals who work with deaf and deafblind people. NRCPD sets its own strategy and budgetary priorities and reports at agreed intervals. From 2012 it will publish an annual report on activity and progress.

The board consists of:

  • A chair, who must not be a member of the Signature Board of Trustees;
  • One member, who must be a member of the Signature Board of Trustees; and
  • Between five and seven additional members who will be recruited so the skills, expertise and experience of members enable NRCPD to meet its strategic needs.

Members serve a term of no more than three years, and may be invited to serve a second term. No Member may serve more than two terms.

NRCPD Trustee Vacancies

The National Registers of Communications Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) seeks four Registrant Board members

This is an exciting opportunity for communication professionals who are registered with NRCPD to play a role in its future. You will help it protect the public by upholding the professional standards of the industry.

NRCPD regulates communication professionals who work with deaf and deafblind people. Our job is to safeguard the wellbeing and interests of people who rely on those professionals. We check that every sign language interpreter, sign language translator, speech to text reporter, lip speaker, interpreter for deafblind people and note taker is properly trained to do their job safely and consistently. We promote the importance of registration and make sure it is seen to add value to the vision of a society in which deaf people are fully included. We want deaf and deafblind individuals and the general public to be able to locate a communication professional that best suits their needs at any time and do this through a free online register which is available 24 hours a day, every day.

The challenge

You will be a member of a board that is committed to making sure deaf and deafblind people, service providers and employers can access high quality communication services across the UK.

Together you will oversee the continual improvement of registration services and raise the profile of communication professionals and registration. As an individual you will bring your view and experience as a Registrant.

The commitment

This is a voluntary role commencing as soon as possible. It is initially for a period of three years with the potential for renewal for a further three years.

It requires a commitment of four to six days per year. It is not remunerated, but expenses will be paid and a small honorarium is available to cover additional activities if required.

The appointment

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their skills and experience. Your CV will be evaluated against the role description and personal specification which are available here.

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