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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

Weathering the COVID-19 Outbreak; survey conducted amongst 35 organisations

Summary report which you may find useful and helpful in your discussions with organisations you work with through these troubled times . . .
Published:1 May 2020
Topic: General News
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One-day CPD events from DPSI Online

Don't miss out on these sessions; contact us to ensure you get a place on these valuable courses . . .
Published:21 April 2020
Topic: CPD Events
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AIT is holding a series of online CPD events for practitioners led by Phil Muriel

Association of Interpreters and Translators has launched a series of CPD events running between 24th April and 12th June . . .
Published:21 April 2020
Topic: CPD Events
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Want to take part in a research project examining the role of interpreters, in relation to the present Covid-19 crisis?

Contact Dr Alan Runcieman at alanruncieman@gmail.com for more details. . . .
Published:15 April 2020
Topic: General News
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Joint Update on Custody Protocols from NPCC and CPS

The National Police Chiefs' Council and the Crown Prosecution Service have issued this update on Covid-19 protocols . . .
Published:15 April 2020
Topic: General News
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Rogue emails sent from NRPSI address; warning

Please be aware of possible rogue emails sent from NRPSI. Hopefully the problem will now go away but please let us know if anything suspicious arrives from NRPSI . . .
Published:8 April 2020
Topic: General News
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Help from the government for the self-employed

We are interested to hear from any Registrant who has had problems with either help for the self-employed or aid through the loan scheme; we can and will write to the Chancellor ensuring the government is aware of your issues. . . .
Published:4 April 2020
Topic: General News
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Message from the Police via NUPIT regarding engagement fees and thebigword

"The Big Word" are acutely aware of the importance of fulfilling Police bookings so made the decision to exclude them from the rate reduction exercise. . . .
Published:3 April 2020
Topic: General News
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HMCTS comments re conditions and terms given current challenges

HM Courts & Tribunals Service letter to NUPIT re working conditions in the courts and tbw terms and conditions . . .
Published:30 March 2020
Topic: General News
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There are no NRPSI approved engagement fees

Certain public service operations have been allegedly stating there are 'NRPSI Approved' engagement fees; if you hear this please let NRPSI know as there are no agreed, approved engagement fees by NRPSI . . .
Published:11 March 2020
Topic: General News
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