For the 15 professions it regulates across the United Kingdom, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) found over 94% of new registrants stay registered for longer than four years

The HCPC’s “Retention rates of first time HCPC registrants 2013 to 2018” report also found that:

  • 5.7% (equivalent to 1 in 18) of all new registrants deregistered within four years.
  • Deregistration rates varied between professions from 1.8% (1 in 56 Paramedics) to 12.8% (1 in 8 Prosthetists / Orthotists).
  • There is strong evidence for a link between profession size and deregistration rate (whereby smaller professions appear more likely to deregister within four years).
  • Deregistration rates varied between UK nations / English Regions where qualifying training took place (training areas) and between nationalities of registrants, with the latter likely to account for much of the former.

Andrew Smith, Interim Deputy CEO of the HCPC, said:

“This report is an important step in the HCPC’s programme of work to understand how preceptorship can best be designed to support the professions we regulate.”

“Promoting high quality professional practice as a compassionate regulator is a core part of our Corporate Strategy.”

“We hope this report provides useful information for employers, professional bodies, education institutions and others, to support their workforce planning programmes.”

The HCPC wrote on its website that:

This analysis can be used by employers, professional bodies and others responsible for workforce planning to better understand retention rates amongst the health and care professions regulated by the HCPC.

“Workforce planning is crucial for the health and care sector. Workforce pressures can exacerbate waiting times, create backlogs and can compromise patient safety.  Recruitment is part of the answer, but retaining good staff is vital too, and has perhaps never been more important.”

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