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September 2013 edition of Vox – the AHCS newsletter -is now available

The September 2013 edition of Vox – The newsletter of the Academy for Healthcare Science is now available

Vox: Sept 13

Welcome to Vox – The new email newsletter bringing the latest information and updates from the Academy for Healthcare Science, together with news from across the Healthcare Science profession.

Academy outlines its approach to Regulation

The AHCS has set out its formal approach to appropriate risk-based regulation across the Healthcare Science workforce, with the prioritisation of those areas where there can be the most effective advances in protection for patients and the public.
Read the full statement on Regulation on the AHCS website.

Work progresses on development of the Academy’s Register

After the ‘shadow’ Register opened to the first students completing a Practitioner Training Programme course in June, work is now progressing on the establishing the full register, which is scheduled to open by the end of the year.

A formal consultation on the standards for the register will start later this month, with the draft standards prepared following a series of stakeholder workshops and further refined following the series of reports into patient safety and professionalism that were published over the Summer.

The Academy is also putting into place the infrastructure and governance required to run the register in line with accreditation standards of the Professional Standards Authority For Health and Social Care (PSA) including discussions with the existing Healthcare Science voluntary register bodies

Genetics trainees first to achieve equivalence – work progresses at Clinical Scientist and Practitioner level

All of the Genetics trainees who completed the STP in 2012 have become the first group to be formally granted equivalence by the Academy through following Portfolio review and face to face interview. Following their successful completion of the equivalence process,  they have now all gone on to be formally registered as Clinical Scientists with the HCPC. Congratulations to each and every one of them for all their hard work.  Read more about their achievements.

Work is now progressing on equivalence for prospective Clinical Scientists, with a new intake from across Cardiac Science, Respiratory Science, GI Physiology, Vascular Science and Urodynamic Science. A parallel process is developing at Practitioner Level.

AHCS update presentations from Summer events now available

The Chief Executive and Directors of the Academy have provided updates on the progress the AHCS has made over recent months – at an event for Professional Groups & Lay Assessors held in London and at a NHS Education for Scotland event in Glasgow. Alongside an overview of achievements to date, the presentations covered a number of detailed areas including developing the Academy’s Voluntary Register, Assessing Equivalence, Assessor Skills Training and Equivalence for PTP.

Download the presentations from the Professional Groups & Lay Assessors event

Download the presentations from the NHS Education for Scotland event

Share the news – get your colleagues to sign up to Vox

We’d like to share news from the Academy for Healthcare Science with as many people as possible. If you have a colleague who would like to have this newsletter emailed to them as soon as it comes out, please get them to sign up via the AHCS website or by going to http://bit.ly/AHCSvox

If you have news that we can help to share across the Healthcare Science profession, please do send details to

From the Health and Care Professions Council

 HCPC launches consultation on fees increase

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a consultation on proposals to increase its registration fees.

Individuals who are granted Certificates of Equivalence and Attainment by the AHCS are eligible to seek formal HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist.

The HCPC are proposing to increase their annual registration fees to increase to £80 per year from 2014 (currently £76 per year). This will be the first increase since 2009.

Respond to the consultation through the an Online Survey or emailing consultation@hcpc-uk.org

Read more about the consultation on the HCPC website

Biomedical Scientists & Clinical Scientists: remember to renew your registration

The registration renewal period for Biomedical Scientists began on 2 September. The HCPC should have sent renewal information to all Biomedical Scientists already – or you can go straight to the online renewal section of the HCPC website . You will need to renew your registration by 13 November 2013. Anyone not renewing registration will have their name removed from the register no later than 30 November 2013.

Clinical Scientists who have not already re-registered should have been sent their final reminder notice. If you do not complete a declaration and make a payment by 30 September, you will be removed from the HCPC register.

From around the professions

IPEM announces new President: Prof Steve Keevil

Professor Steve Keevil has become the new president of IPEM – the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine in a ceremony at the international ICMP conference in Brighton.

Steve is a Consultant Physicist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS FT and Professor in Medical Physics at King’s College London. David Brettle becomes the new President Elect and outgoing President Prof Peter Jarritt was thanked for his two years in the post. Read a report of the conference.

ACB launches new website

The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine has relaunched its website at www.acb.org.uk.

The website gives an improved way for the ACB to provide information about its work. In particular, a new members area provides direct access to the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry, Spotlight and Regional Meeting Presentations and Minutes from Council meetings.

 ACE 2014 Abstract deadline approaches

The Association of Clinical Embryologists are holding their 9th Biennial and 21st Anniversary Conference in Sheffield in January 2014.
The deadline for abstract submission (and for early conference booking) is  31 October 2013.
Read more on the ACE website

Final Reminder: Register for National Biomedical & Clinical Engineering Conference

Registration is still open for the 2013 National Biomedical & Clinical Engineering Conference to be held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on 17 Oct 2013. The conference is free of charge to practising Biomedical & Clinical Engineers working within the NHS and independent sector.

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