07 November 2019


We have been in the midst of some important developments these past few months and so we wanted to give you a full update of what has been happening at NRCPD.

As you may be aware from previous communications, we have been moving towards full independence for some time, as we have been supported by Signature since we first formed. We have made significant progress recently especially with our IT updates at the beginning of October. These IT updates were to support our internal processes as we separate, as well as to improve the registration service for all of our registrants. We hope that you are pleased with what you have seen so far? If you have any feedback regarding the IT updates, please send them through!

The NRCPD team has grown. We now have a new Communications & Marketing Officer - Laura Driver joined the team in August and oversees all of our Communications and Marketing, including the management of our social media channels. You may notice more activity on Twitter! On another note, Laura is also deaf. Melanie Judd joined the team on a three month contract as the Registration Support Officer at the beginning of September. We will be recruiting permanently into this role in January.

We have a survey going out to those on our registers on Monday 11th November 2019 - keep an eye out for this! We look forward to your feedback.


We also sent out an email to registrants last week regarding fees for 2020. If you did not receive the email, please check your junk mail folders or get in touch with us! Registration fees were held at 2018 levels for 2019, and the NRCPD Board has decided that registration fees will increase by 1.7% overall for 2020. This adjustment came with careful considerations from the Board and ensures that we can continue to invest in our capabilities, so NRCPD can operate effectively as an independent regulator.

Current fee rates will apply to any application (first registrations, renewals and upgrades) received on or before 31 December 2019. The revised fee rates will apply to all applications received on or after 1 January 2020. Administration and badge replacement charges will not change. For more details, please see:


From left to right - Marcus, Laura, Kate and Terri

Marcus Hawthorn - NRCPD Director

Laura Driver - Communications and Marketing Officer

Kate Price - Registration Service Manager

Terri Haggarty - Case Administration Officer



On Tuesday October 22nd 2019, NRCPD and the Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre collaborated for a joint event at UCL in London. Marcus discussed our role in regulating communication professionals. DCAL presented on how they work with NRCPD registered BSL Interpreters. There was a lively and positive discussion, with questions afterwards.

In the photograph are: Dr. Manjula Patrick - DCAL Co-Director, Sannah Gulamani - DCAL Reasonable Adjustment Coordinator, Dr. Robert Adam - DCAL Coordinator of Sign Language and Deaf Studies and Marcus Hawthorn - NRCPD Director.

Look out for our 2020 programme of events which will be out in January!


We are thrilled to have found our new offices! We will be moving in February to Richard Annand VC House (which is in the same estate where we are now). So, we won't be moving far! We will publish the full address of our new premises nearer the time.


In September, we had our annual 'Strategy Day' at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in London.? The team met with the Board of Trustees and we discussed our Vision, Mission and Values with regards to NRCPD's strategic direction for 2020 and beyond.? We will be meeting with the Board of Trustees again in November to take this work forward over the coming months.


Active on Instagram and LinkedIn? So are we! You can follow NRCPD on there for updates by clicking on the social media icons below - this will direct you to our social media accounts!


If you are a Registered Sign Language Interpreter, this is what your badge should look like. The badge is the same colour for Registered Interpreters for Deafblind people.

If you are a Registered Lipspeaker, this is what your badge should look like.

If you are a Registered Speech-to-Text Reporter, this is what your badge should look like.

If you are a Registered BSL Translator, this is what your badge should look like.

If you are a Trainee Sign Language Interpreter, this is what your badge should look like.

If you are a Trainee Sign Language Translator, this is what your badge should look like.

We will add these sample pictures to the website as a permanent page.

If you have any questions at all about these recent developments, we would be more than happy to help!

Marcus, Kate, Terri & Laura.

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