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Accreditation

Programme accreditation is an important part of our work as it provides a structured mechanism through which we, the public, education providers, employers, potential and current students/trainees be confident that a programme:

  • provides learners with the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are needed
  • considers the patient through out
  • has had input by the public/patients in its development
  • has taken an inclusive approach to the design of the programme
  • is up to date and current
  • enables learners to demonstrate that they meet our standards and be eligible to apply to join our Register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority
  • has rigour assessment processes and standards
  • has appropriate learning support

To achieve programme accreditation with us an education provider needs to demonstrate that the academic/training programme meets our Standards of Education and Training, Good Scientific Practice and the relevant Standards of Proficiency

Our accreditation processes are reviewed by the Professional Standards Authority on a regular basis.

See Complaints & Concerns for the process of how to appeal the result of an accreditation visit.

There are two routes to accreditation:

  • Directly with us as we are doing with the new exercise physiology programmes
  • Through the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS)

Following the incorporation of the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) into the Academy, programmes sitting outside this educational framework can apply to be accredited by us directly following the AHCS Guidelines for Accreditation (January 2023). Programme accreditation is an integral part of our Quality Assurance Framework.

 

The NSHCS has a national responsibility for the management of the educational framework for training and development of healthcare scientists across the NHS in England. The NSHCS accredits programmes including the Practitioner Training Programmes and Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programmes on our behalf.

 

We quality assures the accreditation process and subsequent annual monitoring processes undertaken by the NSHCS by observing a sample of accreditation visits and desk-based activities such as a review of processes, procedures and documentation. Where we undertake the accreditation process, a senior member of our staff, normally the Head of Accreditation is a member of the accreditation panel.

Outcomes of all quality assurance activities are reported to our Education, Training and Standards Committee for consideration.

 

Our accreditation processes are reviewed by the Professional Standards Authority on a regular basis.

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