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Establishing the Academy's register

(updated October 2013) Work is progressing on establishing the Academy’s Register following the setting up of the ‘shadow’ register in June 2013 

The shadow Register

The shadow Register was opened in June 2013 for the first students completing a MSC PTP degree, who graduated in physiology from Manchester Metropolitan University at the end of June.  These first graduates were invited to join for a nominal fee.

Information about the Academy’s shadow register has been widely disseminated across the higher education sector and to PTP students via the  Council of Healthcare Science in Higher Education.

Establishing the full register

The full register is due to open at the end of the year, once the standards for the register have been finalised. We also need to establish an equivalence route and assessment process for individual practitioners who are not on existing voluntary registers.

The AHCS Register Standards were first drafted following views and ideas expressed at the two stakeholder workshops in May and June 2013. These gave a clear priority to patient safety, focusing on the risks posed by practitioner level practise. They were also developed to be consistent with HCPC standards of proficiency and to ensure that they would fit with any statutory regulation in the future.

Since these workshops, we have had to refine the standards further to ensure that they picked up the key themes of  quality, safety, patient experience and clinical professionalism that came through with the recent publication of the Francis Report into the care at Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals, the Keogh Review into a further 14 trusts and the Berwick Review into Patient Safety.

The AHCS Register Standards will now have additional elements incorporated, over and above the HCPC Standards, to reflect the findings of these reports. This work has required a further iteration of the Standards. We are now planning to publish draft standards and start a formal consultation by the end of 2013. (UPDATE Dec 2013 – the Consultation has started )

Professional Standards Authority accreditation and existing voluntary registers

While the consultation period is running on the standards, the Academy will be  putting into place the infrastructure and governance required to run the register in line with accreditation standards of the PSA (Professional Standards Authority For Health and Social Care)

When the standards have been finalised and the full register is up and running, the AHCS will then submit an application to the PSA for accreditation.

The Academy has been holding discussions with the existing Healthcare Science voluntary register bodies (eVROs) to explore whether they might wish to enter into a joint application with the Academy to the PSA for accreditation, following  advice from the PSA about possible clustering options.  We will continue our discussions with the eVROs to determine the best way forward.

Ensuring the Register is properly governed

The PSA requires that the Academy’s governance of its voluntary and statutory regulatory activities is separated from governance of its other work.  This is to ensure that patient and public interest and protection are paramount in respect of this work rather than any professional interests.

We are looking into the best way to meet the requirements of the PSA given that significant lay input would be required.


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