Clinical Scientists, Biomedical Scientists and Hearing Aid Dispensers are subject to statutory regulation by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), and the AHCS supports the continuation of this arrangement. Routes to registration with the HCPC are:
- application following completion of an HCPC UK approved programme; or
- an international application
For Biomedical Scientists and Hearing Aid Dispensers, a number of programmes are delivered by higher education providers and approved by the HCPC for registration. A list of these programmes can be found on the HCPC website.
The AHCS as an approved education provider for STP
The Academy for Healthcare Science is an HCPC approved education provider for two programmes:
- Certificate of Attainment. This is awarded on successful completion of an STP programme where trainees have an MSc certificate from an MSC accredited HEI and a Certificate of Completion of Scientific Training (CCST) from the NSHCS
- Certificate of Equivalence. When equivalence is awarded by the AHCS on successful demonstration of equivalence to the output of the STP programme
On award of the Certificate of Attainment or the Certificate of Equivalence individuals are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC with the protected title “Clinical Scientist”. The Association of Clinical Scientists (ACS) are also an HCPC approved education provider for training leading to eligibility to apply to HCPC for registration as a Clinical Scientist.