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December 2013 edition of Vox – The AHCS newsletter is now available

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

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Wishing you all the compliments of the season from everybody at the Academy for Healthcare Science


Vox: Dec 13

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

Equivalence guidance updated as Clinical Scientist process moves forward

The Academy has published revised guidance on Equivalence process as the first wave of early implementers go through the assessment stages of the Clinical Scientist Equivalence process.

The first Assessment Day for Equivalence candidates from the Physiological Sciences was held earlier in December, with further days being held in the new year.


AHCS & ACS set up Integrated Assessment Unit for Clinical Scientist registration

The Association of Clinical Scientists (ACS) and the Academy have come together to make the process for HCPC Registration as a Clinical Scientist as straightforward as possible by setting up an Integrated Assessment Unit (IAU).

The IAU will act as a single point of entry for registration as a Clinical Scientist from April 2014 onwards, directing candidates through the most appropriate route for their circumstances.


Make sure you have your say on Register Standards for Healthcare Science Practitioners

The consultation on the proposed Standards for the Register of Healthcare Science Practitioners to be run by the Academy has been running since the beginning of December 2013.

Make sure you have your say on the proposals by feeding back to the consultation through the website at www.ahcs.ac.uk/Pstandards. This includes a British Sign Language video to help improve the accessibility of the consultation.  We will also be holding a stakeholder event around the consultation in London on 12 Feb 2014.

Taking forward the development of PSQIP – stakeholder meeting 9 January

The launch workshop for PSQIP (the Physical Science Quality Improvement Programme) will be held from on 9 Jan 2014 in central London.  The event will discuss the importance and operation of accreditation systems in Healthcare Science and will hear from the learning of the IQIPS (Improving Quality in Physiological Science) programme.

Get your colleagues to sign up to Vox – and share your own news

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 want to read previous editions of Vox, then they are all available via the AHCS website at www.ahcs.ac.uk/news/vox-the-ahcs-newsletter/

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All the news from the Academy of Healthcare Science can be found at www.ahcs.ac.uk/news/

From around Healthcare Science

Health Education England publishes workforce plan – we want your feedback

Health Education England published its workforce plan last week, detailing  those areas of the health and care workforce that it is prioritising for changes in education and training for 2014/15.
Healthcare Science is not one of the professions highlighted in the report. The Academy for Healthcare Science wants to hear your views on the report so we can feed back to HEE before the 2015/16 workforce plan is published in February.

Hospital inspections will look to Healthcare Science accreditation schemes – Chief Inspector of Hospitals

Professor Sir Mike Richards CBE, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, has formally stated that future hospital inspections will draw on data from Healthcare Science accreditation schemes such as IQIPS and PSQIP.


Share your successes – don’t forget to enter the Advancing Healthcare Awards

Calling all Healthcare Scientists – don’t be beaten by the AHPs in the race for the Advancing Healthcare Awards.
This year has three categories exclusively for Healthcare Scientists:

  • The Academy for Healthcare Science award for Professionalism in Practice.
  • The Chief Scientific Officer’s award for Clinical Leadership,
  • the IPEM award for Patients as Partners in Science and

In addition, most of the other categories are open to Healthcare Scientists (as well as AHPs and the people who work along side them). If you are uncertain about which category is best for your project, email the AHA awards team at or call us and we can advise.

Cardiac Physiology Review seeks examples from frontline services

A national Cardiac Physiology review is being led by the Society for Cardiological Science and Technology and the British Cardiovascular Society. They want to hear examples of good practise and issues from frontline services

Universities invited to offer new Healthcare Science courses

The Modernising Scientific Careers Accreditation Team accepting applications from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for accreditation of new BSc (Hons) Healthcare Sciences degrees. Expressions of interest must be in by 6 Jan 2014.

Health & Care Innovation 2014 to be held in Manchester

The next  Health & Care Innovation Expo will be held in Manchester on 3 & 4 March 2014. The conference will bring together more than 10,000 people from across health and care, together with technology and equipment companies and senior speakers from NHS England and beyond.
This year there will be a programme of fringe events across Manchester bringing  together healthcare innovators, start-ups, entrepreneurs, bloggers, technologies, researchers to share ideas about transforming care for patients.

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