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August 2014 edition of Vox – The AHCS newsletter is now available

The August 2014 edition of Vox – The AHCS newsletter is now available

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Vox: Aug 14

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


Academy Practitioner Register now open for online applications

The Academy for Healthcare Science Register is now open for online applications from Healthcare Science Practitioners. You can also use the Academy website to search the Register.

Registration of professionals is important for the protection of patients and is increasingly viewed as essential by employers, providers, commissioners and patients themselves. By maintaining Registration, an individual demonstrates that they are committed to upholding high professional standards and to keeping their knowledge, skills and experience up-to-date through ongoing professional development.

Earlier this month, the Academy published the Standards of Proficiency and Standards of CPD for its register of Healthcare Science Practitioners, which had been revised following consultation. Alongside the Standards, the Academy has also published the rules and procedures that set out the day to day operation of the register and its response to the consultation on these rules.


Regulation Council provides fair and independent oversight of AHCS Register

To ensure the Academy’s Register is fair, transparent and provides assurance for patients and the public, it’s work is overseen by a independent Regulation Council. This arms-length committee, with a lay Chair and lay majority, met for the first time in May and is currently working through the various policies and rules that support the Register’s operation.

The Regulation Council is currently comprised of interim members, with full open recruitment to the positions to be held in the Autumn.


iCEPSS standards, criteria and domains released for consultation

A three month consultation on proposed standards, criteria and domains for the accreditation of Clinical Engineering and Physical Sciences services has been launched by the iCEPSS programme. The draft standards have been developed by a group led by IPEM (the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine), drawing on previous work undertaken with IQIPS (Physiological Sciences) and ISAS (Imaging services). The consultation closes at 4pm on Friday 7 Nov 2014.


PTP Equivalence process opens with candidates asked to complete an Expression of Interest

The AHCS is inviting Healthcare Scientists who want to go through the PTP equivalence process to complete an Expression of Interest, giving details of their scientific specialism and how quickly they would want to go forward with their equivalence application. Once this information has been collated, groups of candidates will be brought together and invited to develop and submit their Equivalence portfolio in a phased way.


National Healthcare Science conference for Scotland hears update on Academy’s equivalence project

Lorna Crawford and Lyndsey Bayer, who have been leading the Academy’s equivalence mapping project in Scotland, presented an update on their work to the Scottish national Healthcare Conference in Edinburgh. The presentations from the day are now available on the NES (NHS Education for Scotland) website.


New contact number for AHCS

The Academy for Healthcare Science has a new contact number – 01543 442152. As a fixed landline, this number will fall within more people’s free calls package. The 0845 number will continue to to work for the forseeable future.


From around Healthcare Science

Delegates invited for event raising the profile of Healthcare Science with NHS executives

The NHS Confederation is continuing its project to develop board and executive support for Healthcare Science across the NHS with an event on 24 Sep 2014 to look at the role of Healthcare Science in supporting patient care and experience. Scientists are invited to nominate themselves or colleagues to attend this event in central London.


Government updates guidance on lab testing for Ebola and similar viruses

Public Health England has updated its guidance on laboratory sample testing and on infection control for suspected Viral Haemorragic Fever (VHF) patients, such as that caused by Ebola virus. This includes details on the handling of laboratory samples, the appropriate level of protective measures and the suitability of various forms of lab test equipment.


First Accredited Practice Course launched

The first Accredited Specialist Scientific Practice (ASSP) course has been launched by Aston University, offering a one year part-time postgraduate certificate in Neurophysiology. Accredited Scientific Practice courses are a core part of the Education, Training and Career framework for Healthcare Science providing elements of additional specialist training at each key career levels.


Tributes paid to Andrew Johnson

Tributes have been paid to Andrew Johnson, former chairman of the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) who died last month after a short illness. Andrew made a great contribution both to Medical Illustration and also to the wider Healthcare Science profession. He will be greatly missed.


PM announces £300 million investment for Genomics project

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a £300 million investment package to support the work of Genomics England and the 100,000 Genomes project in its work around cancer and rare inherited disease. The Intellectual Property Office has also just launched a review of the current patent situation around life sciences, genomics and synthetic biology and what it tells us about activity in this area.


Northern Clinical Senate Assembly seeks Healthcare Scientists

The Northern England Clinical Senate, which covers the North East, Cumbria and parts of North Yorkshire, is seeking to recruit Healthcare Scientists to their Senate Assembly. It has been established to support commissioners in the region to make the best decisions about healthcare for the populations they represent.


Teenage students get hands-on experience of Healthcare Science in ‘Reach Out’ initiative

300 year 10 students (14-15 year olds) were given a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience of Healthcare Science in a joint initiative between major London teaching hospitals and Health Education England. Over five days, the teenagers were given the chance to rotate between a number of scientific specialisms and learn more about career options in a busy frontline teaching environment.


IBMS Awards first Mary Macdonald prize for Achievement

Pavanjit Jheeta, a Medical Laboratory Assistant at City Hospital, Sandwell & Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, is the first person to be awarded the Mary Macdonald Prize for Achievement by the Institute of Biomedical Science. The prize aims to support and encouraging excellence in biomedical science support staff.


UKAS are recruiting for IQIPS Service Accreditation assessors

UKAS is continuing to actively recruit practising clinical professionals from all eight physiological diagnostic specialisms who wish to train to become an assessor on the IQIPS Service Accrediation scheme.

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