The October 2014 edition of Vox – The AHCS newsletter is now available
Full online search now available for Academy Register
There is now full online functionality for the AHCS Register meaning that patients, public, employers and fellow professionals can quickly check the registration status of those Healthcare Science professionals on the Register.
There are currently just under 400 people on the AHCS Register, with work underway to open up parts of the register for other career levels in the coming months.
renews formal approval for Scientist Training Programme.
The ‘Approved Education Provider’ for the Scientist Training Programme, for both the Certificate of Attainment and the Certificate of Equivalence. This meaning that individuals completing an accredited course, or equivalence through the Academy, are eligible to apply for registration with the as Clinical Scientists.(Health and Care Professions Council) has renewed the Academy’s status as
This approval includes the newcourses in Critical Care Science, Clinical Pharmaceutical Science and Reconstructive Science. The course in Clinical Bioinformatics is still going through the processes and the Academy is working with the to help this progress as soon as possible.
Higher Specialist Scientist Training () in the life sciences – joint statement
The Academy has contributed to a joint statement setting out how , together with the Royal College of Pathologists, the Health Education England Modernising Scientific Careers team and the National School for Healthcare Science. will work in the life sciences
In particular, it recognises that the new FRCPath training and examination process for Clinical Scientists is synergistically linked with formal programmes for the first time – and that the integrity of these arrangements going forward needs to be maintained.
Scottish Healthcare Science training mapping report published.
The Academy have published the report of a joint project with compares the curricula and training programmes’ content for those delivered in Scotland against the learning outcomes for the Practitioner Training Programme and the Scientist Training Programme established by Modernising Scientific Careers.Education for Scotland which
Academy sets out value of profession to Government’s Science Innovation Strategy
The Academy has responded on behalf of the Healthcare Science profession to the development of the Government’s Science Innovation Strategy, being led by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The Academy’s response set out the contribution that Healthcare Scientists currently provide and the barriers to the profession contributing more .
Academy takes Healthcare Science message toEmployers
As part of the Academy’s continuing engagement with a guest feature that stresses the importance of Healthcare Science and the Academy’s role in supporting and promoting the profession. This builds on and complements the work of other senior scientists who have been promoting the profession to healthcare managers.Employers, Chief Executive Janet Monkman was invited to write
From around Healthcare Science
Innovation Challenge Prizes
£650,000 of funding is available to organisations to recognise and reward front line innovation and drive spread and adoption of these innovations through the Challenge Prizes. The prizes are across 12 separate categories and entries for this round need to be submitted by 7 Nov 2014.England has announced that
highlight impact of extended clinical hours on Radiotherapy Physics services
published a position statement on the impact of extending clinical hours on radiotherapy physics services, highlighting issues around staffing, servicing, quality assurance and suggesting mitigating measures for these issues. They also highlight the challenges should changes need to be made to PFI contracts.(The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine) have
publish new guidance on interpretative comments
The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine has publishednew best practise guidance on providing interpretative comments on laboratory medicine reports. In particular, they have looked at the issue of reflective (‘add on’) testing and the implications of this around patient consent.
New intake oftrainees start with patient-focussed induction day
The largest intake ever onto the Scientist Training Programme have started their training with an Induction Day held at Aston Villa football ground on 19 September. The day was hosted by a current trainee and a recent Details of the day, including videos and presentations, are available via the website.
The have also just published the , setting out important information about how the Handbook for 2014 works, the infrastructure around it and what is expected of trainees.
Make sure your job role is properly coded
The Chief Scientific Officer has issued an update on the progress of workforce recoding – to make all Healthcare Science posts are properly recorded and recognised within the and setting out the impact this has on ensuring there is proper planning to get the Healthcare Science workforce needed in the future.
sets out plans for check-ups on professional indemnity arrangements
Following the law change requiring all legally-registered Healthcare Scientists to have professional indemnity insurance, the proposed arrangements to check up and ensure that individuals have appropriate insurance in place. The consultation runs until 31 October.are consulting on it
Funding available for PhD students in improvement science
The Health Foundation is making funding available to support PhD students specialising in research related to improvement science. Up to 4 organisations will be supported, with each organisation receiving up to £280,000. Applications must be submitted by 28 October.
Regulator issues new standards for Hearing Aid Dispensers
The new standards of proficiency for Hearing Aid Dispensersas part of its ongoing programme of updating standards for the professional groups that it regulates.has published
publishes new research and innovation strategy
Health Education England has published its revised Research and Innovation Strategy – aimed at ensuring the health and care system has the capacity and support to deliver the research and innovation needed for the future. The Academycontributed to the consultation that led to the strategy, setting out some of the key issues around Healthcare Science, such as the need for improved arrangements and the setting up of joint research/service posts.