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October 2014 version of Vox – The AHCS newsletter is now available

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

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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.


HCPC renews formal approval for Scientist Training Programme.

The HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) has renewed the Academy’s status as ‘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 STP course, or equivalence through the Academy, are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as Clinical Scientists.

This approval includes the new STP courses in Critical Care Science, Clinical Pharmaceutical Science and Reconstructive Science. The STP course in Clinical Bioinformatics is still going through the HCPC processes and the Academy is working with the HCPC to help this progress as soon as possible.


Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) in the life sciences – joint statement

The Academy has contributed to a joint statement setting out how HSST will work in the life sciences,  together with the Royal College of Pathologists, the Health Education England Modernising Scientific Careers team and the National School for Healthcare Science.
In particular, it recognises that the new FRCPath training and examination process for Clinical Scientists is synergistically linked with formal HSST 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 NHS Education for Scotland which 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.


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 to NHS Employers

As part of the Academy’s continuing engagement with NHS Employers, Chief Executive Janet Monkman was invited to write 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.


From around Healthcare Science

Innovation Challenge Prizes

NHS England has announced that £650,000 of funding is available to NHS organisations to recognise and reward front line innovation and drive spread and adoption of these innovations through the NHS Challenge Prizes. The prizes are across 12 separate categories and entries for this round need to be submitted by 7 Nov 2014.


IPEM highlight impact of extended clinical hours on Radiotherapy Physics services

IPEM (The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine) have 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.


ACB 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 of STP trainees 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 STP graduate, with great emphasis made on the importance of the patient voice in Healthcare Science. Details of the day, including videos and presentations, are available via the NSHCS website.
The NSHCS have also just published the STP Handbook for 2014, setting out important information about how the STP 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 NHS and setting out the impact this has on ensuring there is proper planning to get the Healthcare Science workforce needed in the future.


HCPC 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 HCPC are consulting on it proposed arrangements to check up and ensure that individuals have appropriate insurance in place. The consultation runs until 31 October.


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 HCPC has published new standards of proficiency for Hearing Aid Dispensersas part of its ongoing programme of updating standards for the professional groups that it regulates.


HEE 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 CPD arrangements and the setting up of joint research/service posts.

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