The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration renewal period for Occupational therapists opens on Monday, 3 August, 2015 and closes on Monday 30 November 2015. The HCPC will write to all registered Occupational therapists at the beginning of August with information on how to renew.

To renew, registrants must complete a professional declaration and pay a renewal fee no later than midnight on 30 November. The easiest and quickest way to do this is via the online system. More information, including video guides, is available at www.hcpc-uk.org/renew

A random sample of 2.5 per cent of the profession will also be selected to submit a continuing professional development (CPD) profile during this period. Those selected for audit will receive a separate letter after the renewal notices are sent out. More information, including sample profiles, activity types and video guides, is available at www.hcpc-uk.org/registrants/cpd

Dushyan Ashton, HCPC Registration Manager, commented:

“Our online system provides a quick and easy way to renew, and we want to encourage registrants to use this resource. We would advise all Occupational therapists who wish to remain on the Register to renew as early as possible to ensure that you can continue to practice without disruption.”

Laura Graham, Independent Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Staffordshire commented:

“We Occupational therapists often have never-ending ‘to-do’ lists. But renewing your HCPC registration should be at the top. I renewed mine online in minutes.”

For the first time, the HCPC renewal process for Occupational therapists includes a professional indemnity declaration. This follows new Government legislation requiring all professions to sign a declaration saying they are covered by professional indemnity.

The registration fee paid on renewal is tax deductible, which means registrants paying the standard 20 per cent tax rate can reclaim a 20 per cent refund from HMRC.

Registrants can contact the HCPC Registration Department with any queries on renewal or the CPD audit process from 1 August, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm on 0845 3004 472.