The Academy of Healthcare Science has launched a three-month consultation into proposed Standards for a Register of Healthcare Science Practitioners, which will run until 28 February 2014.
In developing these we have drawn on the guidance of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) which oversees all registers, both statutory and non-statutory.
The consultation document sets out proposed standards. These include:
- standards of proficiency: these set out the basic education and training that someone must have to register with us
- standards of conduct: the minimum standards that practitioners must meet in their day to day professional lives
- standards of continuing professional development: how practitioners ensure their professional knowledge is up to date
Alongside our proposed standards, the consultation document sets out the broader context for this work. While our continuing ambition is to see statutory regulation put in place across all the Healthcare Science profession, we realise that it is vital to establish an appropriate and effective system for registration and regulation of those parts of the Healthcare Science workforce that are not currently regulated by law through the Health and Care Professions Council.
We want to hear your views on whether these standards are reasonable, appropriate and necessary to ensure safe and effective practice by Healthcare Science Practitioners.
To respond to the consultation, please complete the online questionnaire at www.ahcs.ac.uk/Pstandards
We will also be holding a number of consultation events, during the period of the Standards consultation. More information about these will be on the Academy website as soon as the details have been confirmed.