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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

The Importance of Self-care and Mental Health Education for Interpreters will be held on Wednesday, November 25th, from 4pm. If you would like to be . . .

“In a consistently stressful field like interpretation, self-care is an important part of maintaining good mental health. By looking at the results of my research project, we will discuss different aspects of work stress and self-care. . . .
Published:29 October 2020
Topic: CPD Events
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The Metropolitan Police Service is looking to engage with interpreters who are qualified, experienced and skilled in Kinyarwanda - English . . .

Contact the Language and Cultural Services (LCS) Specialist Deployment Team . . .
Published:19 October 2020
Topic: General News
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NRPSI positioning document for the public sector

Recent public statements outlining NRPSI's strategy regarding public service interpreting . . .
Published:7 October 2020
Topic: General News
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NRPSI responds to Government’s plans for the asylum system

Professional interpreters are a prerequisite for a "fairer and more compassionate" system . . .
Published:5 October 2020
Topic: General News
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Surviving Outsourcing; share your experience and tips on Friday, 9th October at 7 pm (GMT); an online chat for all the T&I community, . . .

A discussion covering consequences and what we can learn from each other’s experiences; connect via us02web.zoom.us/j/82868321723 . . .
Published:5 October 2020
Topic: CPD Events
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See the comprehensive list of CPD opportunities from the AIT

A full schedule of valuable and vital CPD opportunities planned and executed by the AIT . . .
Published:4 September 2020
Topic: CPD Events
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The case for NRPSI's Code of Professional Conduct and Protection of Title for accredited, registered and regulated professional RPSIs . . .

Is it acceptable for a bilingual to act as an interpreter in a public sector setting? . . .
Published:3 August 2020
Topic: General News
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Vicarious Trauma

Slides from a recent webinar available here... . . .
Published:24 July 2020
Topic: CPD Events
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University of Birmingham needs you for online focus group discussions and one-to-one interviews to revisit interpreters’ roles and . . .

The project aims to inform and improve interpreting ethical guidelines, producing advisory reports on use of interpreting for public bodies. . . .
Published:24 July 2020
Topic: CPD Events
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