December 2021 Newsletter

03 December 2021

December 2021 Newsletter

The Board has looked at the operating costs for NRCPD in the year ahead, taking into account our strategic aims, our public protection role, and the commercial environment for professionals on our registers, and we are pleased to announce that there will be no change to registration fees for 2022, with 2021 rates continuing to apply to all register renewals, first registrations and upgrades.

In other news, we will be saying farewell to Kate Price as she steps down from her role as Registration Services Manager in the new year. Kate has been at the heart of NRCPD since 2014, and has played a pivotal role in our development over recent years. She will be greatly missed from the team and we wish her well as she develops her career in new directions.

We are also recruiting for a Professional Conduct and Complaints Manager to join the team. You can read more about the role here:

If you have any questions about the above, please get in touch with us at:

With many thanks,

Christmas Message

We can look back on a year of achievement for our second year as a fully independent and voluntary regulator. We launched our strategy to 2023, increased our capacity, expanded a registration category, and even won lottery funding to facilitate the training of additional speech to text reporters and notetakers to join the registers.

One notable memory for the team was the drafting of high priority letters to UK Clinical Commissioning Groups urging them to vaccinate language service professionals alongside frontline healthcare professionals. We received a positive response from many CCGs who recognised that without early vaccination, the chain of healthcare would fail for deaf people, leading to poor clinical outcomes. Very early on in 2021, we were already fulfilling one of our charitable aims which is to make a difference to the issues faced by d/Deaf* and deafblind people.

The health crisis has had a profound impact, not only on how language services are provided, but on practitioners too. We thank you for working tirelessly to deliver the highest standards of practice in all corners of the UK in extraordinary circumstances.

As we all move cautiously and collaboratively from pandemic crisis towards recovery, we will continue to carry out our strategic aims over the coming months and play our part in achieving unlimited inclusion for d/Deaf and deafblind people. Everyone here at NRCPD wishes you, your family, and colleagues a very safe and happy Christmas.

Office Christmas Closure

Our Registration Services will be closed from 4:00pm on Thursday 23rd December 2021 for Christmas. For those who are renewing in December, please get your renewals in by 10:00am on Monday 20th December 2021, so that we can process your application and post out ID badges before we close for Christmas.

We will re-open at 9:00am on Tuesday 4th January 2022. For the latest updates about our service delivery during the Christmas period and beyond, please look to our social media feeds.

Register Numbers

On the NRCPD Registers as of the end of November 2021, we have:

Registered Sign Language Interpreters: 1325

Regulated Trainee Sign Language Interpreters: 246

Registered Sign Language Translators: 25

Regulated Trainee Sign Language Translators: 7

Lipspeakers: 53

Speech to Text Reporters: 30

Electronic Notetakers: 7

Manual Notetakers: 3

Interpreters for Deafblind People: 13

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