About The Academy
The Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) is the single overarching body for the entire UK Healthcare Science () workforce and works alongside the healthcare science professional bodies to strengthen the visibility of the contribution of the healthcare science workforce. The initial aim of the AHCS was to deliver The Certificate of Attainment and Certificate of Equivalence for the Scientist Training Programme ( ), Equivalence and Registers for those groups who were not regulated by statute. In subsequent years, the Academy has evolved and now maintains registers for individuals who have completed Practitioner Training Programme ( ) and Specialist Scientist Training Higher ( ) or their equivalent training routes.
The AHCS was established as a joint initiative of the UK Health Departments and the professional bodies across Healthcare Science. The AHCS was commissioned to undertake and support key projects including:
- Developing consistent regulation for the Healthcare Science workforce e.g. by establishing accredited voluntary registers where none exist.
- Implementing a system to assess and confer ‘equivalence’ of the existing qualifications and experience individuals have, mapped to the outcomes of formalised quality assured training programmes.
- Quality assuring education and training in partnership with other stakeholders.
- Developing common standards for Healthcare Science practice.
The Academy’s specific role in the education and training system, through Registration and Equivalence has enabled the development and strengthening of relationships with key stakeholders across the Healthcare Science workforce and beyond.