Becoming a healthcare interpreter - feedback needed
Thread poster: Luke Mersh

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:10
Spanish to English
Apr 6, 2011

I am going to to my healthcare interpreting course in Sept, and hoping that when i pass to register on the NRPSI, buti was wondering if anybody has any other info for me.

 

Gül Kaya  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:10
Turkish to English
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public health interpreting is changing in UK Apr 7, 2011

Hi. I've been working in healthcare interpreting for many years and can confirm that it is very rewarding. However, you should be aware that public service interpreting in the UK is undergoing dramatic changes currently due to vicious cost cutting both for NHS interpreting budgets and within the criminal sector. Service providers are giving contracts to agencies who basically give the lowest price, which they obviously then pass onto the interpreters registered with them. And a lot of these agencies are not able to attract NRPSI interpreters because they obviously will not work for the rates they give and so are left with a rag-tag of people who are happy to work for very low rates.

That said, there are many good agencies out there and you just need to find them out.

good luck


 

Paul Adie  Identity Verified
Germany
Spanish to English
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Same in Spain Apr 7, 2011

Unfortunately it's the same in Spain, with one outsourcer paying their interpreters just €12 per hour, without travel expenses. I'm sure there are other agencies/clients who pay more and it's just a case of finding them, but I have a feeling this will become more difficult in due course.

Good luck with your chosen path.

Paul.


 

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:10
Spanish to English
TOPIC STARTER
healthcare interpreter Apr 7, 2011

thank you for your replies.
Yes i am aware of the situation in which we face, and i know that people are looking for the cheapest rates, but i hope that we can rely on our expertise and hope that companies and organisations will find true value for money from the quality and experience we provide, especially when peoples health depend on a correct interpretation and diagnosis.

fingers crossed


 

Ashley Wans  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:10
Spanish to English
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I have a question for you, Luke. Apr 15, 2011

Is there a large market for Spanish-English interpreting in the UK? Here in the US it is huge and growing rapidly, due to immigration, but I am curious what the UK market is like.

 

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:10
Spanish to English
TOPIC STARTER
becoming a healthcare interpreter Apr 15, 2011

Ashley Wans wrote:

Is there a large market for Spanish-English interpreting in the UK? Here in the US it is huge and growing rapidly, due to immigration, but I am curious what the UK market is like.


I am not really sure of the market out here as i am just starting my course.
I have read posts where legal interpreters has spent the last 4 years doing healthcare/medical interpreting which pleases me.
As for herein the UK things are a lot more difficult, they normally ask for people with qualifications and at least 2 years experience.

although i read that in the U.S they dont ask for qualifications (although i am not sure this is true).

Once i qualify i will register on the NRPSI(national registrar of Public Service Interpreters) and advertise for 6 months to see what happens.
I do believe though that i will have better luck in the U.S or Spain or Latin America.

please let me know your thoughts on this.


 

Ashley Wans  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:10
Spanish to English
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Qualifications are required, but the market is growing in the US Apr 16, 2011

luke_cbs wrote:

Ashley Wans wrote:

Is there a large market for Spanish-English interpreting in the UK? Here in the US it is huge and growing rapidly, due to immigration, but I am curious what the UK market is like.


I am not really sure of the market out here as i am just starting my course.
I have read posts where legal interpreters has spent the last 4 years doing healthcare/medical interpreting which pleases me.
As for herein the UK things are a lot more difficult, they normally ask for people with qualifications and at least 2 years experience.

although i read that in the U.S they dont ask for qualifications (although i am not sure this is true).

Once i qualify i will register on the NRPSI(national registrar of Public Service Interpreters) and advertise for 6 months to see what happens.
I do believe though that i will have better luck in the U.S or Spain or Latin America.

please let me know your thoughts on this.


At least in my state, and I would assume all others, a state medical interpreter certificate is required, which entails a two part exam (a written exam testing your knowledge of terminology and an oral exam testing on site interpretation and consecutive interpretation). That is the qualification that I have at the moment.

In my state, which actually has a fairly low Hispanic population at less than 6%, Spanish is the one language for which the demand for interpreters exceeds the number of working interpreters. And the demand is projected to continue growing for a long time.


 

Luke Mersh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:10
Spanish to English
TOPIC STARTER
becoming a healthcare interpreter Apr 16, 2011

Ashley Wans wrote:

luke_cbs wrote:

Ashley Wans wrote:

Is there a large market for Spanish-English interpreting in the UK? Here in the US it is huge and growing rapidly, due to immigration, but I am curious what the UK market is like.


I am not really sure of the market out here as i am just starting my course.
I have read posts where legal interpreters has spent the last 4 years doing healthcare/medical interpreting which pleases me.
As for herein the UK things are a lot more difficult, they normally ask for people with qualifications and at least 2 years experience.

although i read that in the U.S they dont ask for qualifications (although i am not sure this is true).

Once i qualify i will register on the NRPSI(national registrar of Public Service Interpreters) and advertise for 6 months to see what happens.
I do believe though that i will have better luck in the U.S or Spain or Latin America.

please let me know your thoughts on this.


At least in my state, and I would assume all others, a state medical interpreter certificate is required, which entails a two part exam (a written exam testing your knowledge of terminology and an oral exam testing on site interpretation and consecutive interpretation). That is the qualification that I have at the moment.

In my state, which actually has a fairly low Hispanic population at less than 6%, Spanish is the one language for which the demand for interpreters exceeds the number of working interpreters. And the demand is projected to continue growing for a long time.



maybe i will have to move to your stateicon_smile.gif
regards
luke


 


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