My wife is a nurse and in order to practise she has to register with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) and also complete several days of professional development every year. The annual cost of registration is £70, which she pays herself. Imagine my surprise today to see a report requesting authority to Wrecsam Council to pay the professional fees of Educational Psychologists employed by the Council. Further investigation suggests that a number of other 'professionals' have their registration fees paid by the Council, such as Social Workers, Care Workers and Occupational Therapists. Apparently this 'perk' is provided so as to retain difficult to recruit staff like Educational Psychologists. It seems somewhat unfair that staff working for one Public Authority i.e the NHS Trusts have to pay their own professional fees whilst Local Authorities pay their employees registration fees.
Anyone want to take a guess at the total cost of this to taxpayers in Wales?
Must go, I can feel the need to make lots of requests under the Freedom of Information Act!