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03 July 2015
NHS England has recognised the importance of registration in its accessible information standard.
Published today, the standard requires all providers of NHS care and publicly funded adult social care to identify and meet the communication needs of patients and service users who are disabled or have a sensory loss.
That includes providing communication and language professionals who must have the appropriate qualifications, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, and be signed up to a relevant professional Code of Conduct. The implementation guidance goes on to say communication and language professionals should be registered with NRCPD.
Jim Edwards, chief executive of Signature, said: "This is excellent news for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, and a great step forward for public services in the UK.
"Not only will people now have their needs met, they will be met by people who are properly qualified, bound by our Code of Conduct, and continually developing their professional practice.
"NHS England is to be commended for taking this step, and we hope to see other public services doing the same in the near future."