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National Register of Public Service Interpreters

NRPSI is the UK’s independent voluntary regulator of professional interpreters specialising in public service. We maintain a public register of professional, qualified and accountable interpreters. The National Register is free of charge to access and searchable online.

The need for defendants in court to be able to understand the proceedings, using an interpreter if necessary, was identified in the landmark R v Iqbal Begum Court of Appeal ruling which stated:

‘It is beyond the understanding of this court that it did not occur to someone that the reason for her [the defendant's] silence....... was simply because she was not being spoken to in a language which she understood.’

As a result, the 1993 Runciman Royal Commission on Criminal Justice recommended that a national register of qualified interpreters should be established with the aim of ‘using only interpreters with proven competence and skills, who are governed by a nationally recognised code of conduct’. NRPSI was established in 1994.

Every interpreter on our Register has met the standards that we set for education, training and practice in public service. All Registrants are subject to the NRPSI Code of Professional Conduct and we investigate allegations of professional misconduct.

Even today, parts of the public services are unaware of the need to use qualified interpreters. From the Serious Case Review following the death of Daniel Pelka, aged 5, in September 2013:

‘Without proactive or consistent action by any professional to engage with him via an interpreter, then his lack of language and low confidence would likely have made it almost impossible for him to reveal the abuse he was suffering at home.’

Using the National Register to find an interpreter ensures that you not only employ a qualified professional practitioner but that the interpreter can be held accountable should their conduct or competence fall below the high standards expected of a Registered Public Service Interpreter (RPSI).

There are around 1,800 interpreters in 100 languages on the National Register covering the whole of the UK. It is a dynamic database, with Registrants' details constantly being updated and new Registrants added.

NRPSI News

HM Courts & Tribunals Business Plan for 2019 to 2020 has been published

Click to see the annual business plan sets the HM Courts and Tribunals Service business priorities for 2019 to 2020. If you have had any issues with MoJ work, from the Debonair debacle through to not being able to book engagements please let us know. Cont . . .
Published:20 August 2019
Topic: General News
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Request for feedback from Registrants by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration

Questionaire to be returned by 23rd August 2019 . . .
Published:9 August 2019
Topic: General News
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Robust projection of the values of and need for RPSIs

Letters written to the Government, an MP, ESPO and Capita TI protecting RPSIs . . .
Published:6 August 2019
Topic: General News
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Fee announcement

1st September 2019 2% fee increase announcement . . .
Published:31 July 2019
Topic: NRPSI News
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NRPSI STATEMENT ON THE DECLINING RATES OF PAY OFFERED TO PROFESSIONAL INTERPRETERS | 31 JULY 2019

As the voluntary regulator of the public service interpreting profession, it is the role of NRPSI to do everything within its power to protect public service interpreting standards and the quality of the interpreting services provided to public service or . . .
Published:31 July 2019
Topic: General News
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Fighting for RPSI conditions and remuneration; article submitted to 'Government Business' magazine; click here

...professional interpreters working for public services, like many public service support services, have been pushed to breaking point by having their fees successively squeezed by public sector cost-cutting measures and the outsourcing of contracts to p . . .
Published:31 July 2019
Topic: General News
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Towergate professional indemnity insurance update with new offer details

Please review this PDF if you are looking to renew or take up professional indemnity insurance . . .
Published:29 July 2019
Topic: General News
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Bilingual Therapist & Interpreter Forum Agenda Friday 27th September 2019 1.30pm -5.00 pm

Working with psychotherapists explored in this interesting session; see the PDF for details . . .
Published:29 July 2019
Topic: CPD Events
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Review latest Court stats

Total number of bookings January to March 2019 were 42,136; a 3% 'failing to provide' rate. Means 1,264 cases did not have an interpreter present ; 19 cases daily . . .
Published:12 July 2019
Topic: General News
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Rare Language News

Watch out for future updates . . .
Published:12 July 2019
Topic: General News
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