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24 January 2013
Welcome to your first Registration Update for 2013.
We are delighted to tell you that we have approved Durham University's MA in Translation Studies and Queen's University Belfast MA in Interpreting. Graduates of the QUB MA are eligible to register as Sign Language Interpreters. Language combinations will include BSL/ISL, ISL/English and BSL/English.
Graduates of the Durham MA course are eligible to register as Sign Language Interpreters or Sign Language Translators depending on the modalities of English they use to complete the qualification.
We look forward to welcoming the graduates on to the register in the future.
NRCPD Board met in London on 8 November 2012 for a facilitated discussion on its strategic aspirations for 2013-2016. The results of that discussion will inform more detailed planning work for activities NRCPD will engage in over that period.
The Board agreed four statements of strategic intent:
We look forward to discussions in our consultative framework to refine these statements, and scope and plan the activity needed to achieve them.
We all know it can be complicated for the public to understand whether they are using an interpreter who is safe to practise, or an untrained 'signer', and we know many Registered Sign Language Interpreters have been frustrated at losing work to unregistered, unqualified service providers. With that in mind, at the end of 2012 we launched SignSafe™ to make the choice clear and simple. Our aim is to make it easy for the public to choose a Registered Interpreter and highlight the risks of using untrained interpreters. We have sent every Registered Sign Language Interpreter a supply of SignSafe™ promotional leaflets that show the public NRCPD Registered interpreters are proud to operate to professional standards. We are promoting SignSafe™ directly to interpreting purchasers and corporate bodies and we ask you to promote the campaign by wearing your Photo ID Card and handing out the leaflets to clients and customers. If you need more leaflets, please get in touch.
Please remember to pay your Registration fee in line with the terms set out on the invoice you receive. We will remove from the register individuals who do not pay their fees in a timely manner. Make your cheques payable to 'NRCPD', or use the online payment facility offered by Signature.
The Criminal Records Bureau for England and Wales has merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). In Scotland the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme is fully up and running. Some of you have told us you are experiencing difficulties in securing the paperwork required to register. We are investigating and will update you when we have made progress.
A small working group of the NRCPD Board and Standards Advisors is reviewing the Code of Conduct for Communication Professionals. The working group is due to report its recommendations to the board meeting in March and we will open a consultation shortly after that.
NOS for lipspeakers and speech to text reporters can be found here: http://www.skillscfa.org/standards-qualifications/language-intercultural.html
The numbers of registered communication professionals at 31 December 2011 and 31 December 2012 are:
|Registered Sign Language Interpreters||714||773|
|Trainee Sign Language Interpreters||N/A||248|
|Junior Trainee Interpreters||160||0|
|Registered Sign Language Translators||N/A||4|
|Registered Speech to Text Reporters||26||25|
|Registered Electronic Notetakers||14||11|
|Registered Manual Notetakers||12||12|
|Registered Interpreters for Deafblind People||19||17|
The total number has risen by 45 compared to this time last year. Thanks to you all once again for your support and recognition of the importance of professional registration.
If you would like to comment on any item in this update or raise any other matters relevant to NRCPD, please contact email@example.com.