NRCPD Newsletter | July 2015

29 July 2015

Dear colleague

Our Board met on 20 July and discussed a number of issues. You can view the agenda and minutes of the March meeting on our website.

The chair of the Board, Huw Vaughan Thomas, has announced he will be stepping down after the November meeting. We will be seeking someone to take on the role who has extensive experience of strategic leadership and change management. The right person will also have an interest in and understanding of the importance of communication to securing social justice.

The Board considered drafts of a new Code of Conduct and complaints process following a consultation. There is a bit more work to be done and the Practitioners' Forum will be asked for a final comment on the Code of Conduct before it's adopted.

If you have questions about anything in this newsletter, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can also follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

Kind regards

Kate Price

Registration Service Manager

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Statement of regulatory intent

At its recent meeting the Board agreed to publish a statement of regulatory intent. It will explain why NRCPD wants communication and language professionals working with deaf and deafblind people to be regulated by law.

The statement will also describe the changes we are going to make to how we do things. We want to make sure we are as effective as possible and ready to become a regulator.

The statement will be published soon and we want to know what you think about it. Please email dan.sumners@signature.org.uk if you want us to speak to a group of people at a meeting.

Importance of registration recognised by NHS England

NHS England has recognised the importance of registration in its accessible information standard.

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.

CCS publishes draft of language services framework agreement

The Crown Commercial Service has published a working draft of the specification for the language services framework agreement.

Following legal advice, we are satisfied the specification requires suppliers to only provide communication and language professionals registered with either NRCPD or SASLI. We are also pleased to note contracts for non-spoken language services will be awarded on a regional basis.

We have suggested the specification recognises it may not always be possible to find a registered professional, particularly interpreters for deafblind people. In those cases, we have recommended the professional used should meet the standards required for registration.

Ministry of Justice Language Service Contract

Last month we expressed concerns about the Ministry of Justice second generation contract for language services after its failure to confirm it will make registration a requirement.

This month we met with Ministry officials to reinforce these concerns. We also said contracts for non-spoken language services should be awarded on a regional basis so they benefit from local knowledge and experience.

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For Registrants

Consultation on standards for regulated Trainees

In April we published new guidance for TSLIs, endorsers and supervisors. This was the first step in strengthening our standards for regulated Trainees.

We will soon be asking for your opinion on changes to the eligibility requirements to become a regulated Trainee and how they are supervised.

CPD Handbook

The CPD handbook has been updated. It now includes more details of what evidence you need to collect for both structured and unstructured activities. Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions.

Keeping your registration up-to-date

To avoid a lapse in your registration we recommend you start the renewal process at least two weeks before your current registration expires. If you let your registration lapse for more than three months you will have to reapply rather than renew.

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Published information

Current Number of Registrants

We currently have 944 Registrants and 233 Trainees. Please see the table below for the breakdown by region and discipline.


Discipline

Region

Electronic Notetaker

Deafblind Interpreter

Lipspeaker

Manual Notetaker

Sign Language Interpreter

Sign Language Translator

Speech to Text Reporter

Trainee SLI

Trainee SLT

East Midlands

2

 

1

 

95

 

1

19

 

North West

2

2

4

1

121

 

5

29

 

South

East

2

1

6

3

146

3

2

42

 

North

East

 

 

1

 

26

1

 

3

 

South West

1

2

2

1

61

 

2

20

 

Strathclyde

2

3

1

1

20

 

 

4

 

West Midlands

1

4

2

3

101

1

 

52

 

East of England

 

2

3

 

60

2

7

18

 

London

 

2

3

1

91

2

5

21

3

Central Scotland

 

 

1

 

16

 

 

 

 

Northern Ireland

 

 

1

 

24

 

 

2

 

Wales

 

 

5

 

41

1

2

6

1

Yorkshire & the Humber

 

 

3

 

66

 

2

12

 

Grampian

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Highlands & Islands

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

Lothian & Borders

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Tayside

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Dumfries & Galloway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Eire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Total

9

16

32

10

874

9

25

229

4


* Some Registrants register in more than one category. The numbers therefore represent the number of registrations rather than the number of individuals. 1208 is the number of individual Registrants.

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