The LSI National Credentialing Register

The LSI National Credentialing Register is the culmination of extensive work between the major healthcare trade associations (ABHI; ABPI; AXREM; BAREMA; BDIA; BHTA; BIVDA; MEDILINK UK), NHS England and the Academy for Healthcare Science.

The Register provides a not-for-profit registration system that has patient and public safety at its heart and secondly, a potential solution to the issue of multiple providers of credentialing systems which creates confusion and duplication and is costly to the healthcare industry and ultimately, as a consequence, the NHS.

The Life Science Industry National Credentialing Register is the first of its kind and sets national standards for healthcare professionals working in the life sciences industry providing reassurance to the NHS.

Under the Accredited Registers programme, registrants will be able to display the Accredited Register quality mark, a sign that they belong to a register which meets the Professional Standards Authority’s robust standards.

Accreditation means that the Academy for Healthcare Science’s register meets the Professional Standards Authority’s high standards in areas including governance, standard-setting, education and training, management of the register, complaints handling and risk management.  The Academy for Healthcare Science is responsible for assessing the merits of individuals on the register.

Benefits of the LSI National Credentialing Register

Safety

The scheme was developed with the objective of enhancing patient and staff safety.

Transparency

The scope and criteria for the scheme is public and agreed by all parties involved.

Proportionate

The criteria are appropriate to the level of risk and will not create undue cost or administrative burden.

Equitable

The criteria will be applied across all industry sectors in an equitable manner and entry will be open to all relevant individuals.

Compliance

The scheme meets legal requirements on employment law and data protection as well as government and NHS policy on working with industry.

Once only

The requirements do not duplicate procedures already in place within the suppliers’ processes and evidenced by other mechanisms such as product CE marking, contractual obligations, etc.

ABOUT US

A group of life science industry associations working together to provide an accredited mechanism for Trusts to use to confirm the identity, credentials and training status of individuals from life science companies that visit their sites…

ABOUT THE REGISTER

The Life Science Industry, in collaboration with the NHS and the Academy for Healthcare Science, have joined forces to develop a high-quality, accredited credentialing register for Life Sciences staff who interact routinely and directly with NHS front-line staff and/ or patients.

NEED SOME HELP?

Should you need to get in touch with a member of our team, you can contact us:

via email on lsiadmin@ahcs.ac.uk
via telephone on 01455 244640.

ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH HEALTHCARE INDUSTRIES

ABHI is the leading medical technology industry association in the UK. We are a community of over 250 members, from small UK businesses to large multi-national companies. We champion the use of safe and effective medical devices.

The work of our members improves the health of the nation and the efficiency of the NHS.

THE ASSOCIATION OF THE BRITISH PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY (ABPI)

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of bioscience in the UK.

The ABPI is recognised by government as the industry body negotiating on behalf of the branded pharmaceutical industry for statutory consultation requirements including the pricing scheme for medicines in the UK.

AXREM

AXREM is the trade association representing the suppliers of diagnostic medical imaging, radiotherapy, healthcare IT and care equipment in the UK. AXREM members supply most of the diagnostic medical imaging and radiotherapy equipment installed in UK hospitals. In doing so, our member companies and their employees work side by side with Consultant Radiologists, Radiographers and Practitioners, Oncologists and a wide range of healthcare professionals in delivering healthcare to patients using our technologies.

Our members therefore have unique knowledge, experience and insight into the workflow and challenges faced by healthcare professionals on a day-to-day basis, which enables us to develop and offer innovative solutions to improve the speed and quality of diagnostic procedures and treatments with the ultimate aim of improving patient care.

For additional information about AXREM, call 020 7642 8087, email alan.birks@axrem.org.uk or visit www.axrem.org.uk

BAREMA

Barema founded in 1971 is an independent, not-for-profit association that brings together companies that manufacture or supply anaesthetic and respiratory equipment in or to the UK and is committed to extending its values right across the anaesthetic and respiratory equipment sector, to the benefit of individual patients, clinicians, and the medical device industry.

Barema enables this sector as a whole to influence policy, instantly respond to changing demands in patient care, and maintain its enviable reputation for exceptionally high levels of quality, safety, reliability and innovation; whilst also promoting each individual member company and facilitating direct dialogue with regulatory bodies and the medical profession.

Our vision is to build on our enviable reputation of representing the highest possible standards in medical device manufacture, strengthen the Association by increasing membership, and advance collaboration with our European and global partners to ensure Barema’s values extend even further across anaesthetic and respiratory medicine.

THE BRITISH DENTAL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

BDIA is the trade body that represents and supports the manufacturers and suppliers of dental products, services and technologies, to the benefit of members, the dental profession and the public across the UK.

The Association represents 135 member of all sizes, including a significant number of SMEs and every BDIA member adheres to a professional Code of Practice.

THE BHTA

The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) is one of the UK`s oldest and largest healthcare associations (founded in 1917).

Its membership – of almost 500 companies employing over 17,000 people – comprises both large and small businesses across the many non-pharmaceutical and assistive technology sectors of the healthcare industry, manufacturing, supplying and serving those with special physical needs and specialist healthcare areas, too.

The products they make and supply are as varied as wheelchairs and scooters, stair lifts, seating and positioning products, patient support surfaces, electronic communication devices, rehabilitation products, stoma and continence products, first aid equipment, aids and services for children and for visually impaired people, and even prosthetics and orthotics.

The BHTA represents large and small companies, organised in one or more of 13 sections covering most sectors of the industry. This unique sectional structure provides a platform for all companies to have an effective voice within BHTA and, through the Association, to influence the development of healthcare policies in the UK.

CTSI Approved Consumer Code of Practice
At the heart of the BHTA is the Code of Practice, which sets out the standards that all members must meet to demonstrate best practice in their business dealings. The Code of Practice – the first for consumers in the healthcare industry – has achieved approval under the Chartered Trading Standards Institute’s Consumer Codes Approval Scheme http://www.tradingstandards.uk/advice/ConsumerCodes.cfm and means that member companies trade ethically and professionally.

The Code states:
Clause 3.1 d
Any claims made by the company and its employees will be honest and truthful, and will not give rise to false expectations. Information, claims and comparisons must be accurate, balanced, fair, objective and unambiguous. They must not mislead either directly or by implication.

Clause 8.1
Inappropriate selling tactics must not be used. (Examples of what might be high pressure selling/mis-selling tactics include: unreasonably long stay (for sales in the home); high initial price followed by the offer of a discount (often followed by a telephone call to the “manager”); discount on the condition that the consumer agrees to the sale that day; withholding price information until the end of the sales discussion/visit; alleged limited availability of a product; misrepresentation of the product, price or contract.)

BRITISH IN VITRO DIAGNOSTICS ASSOCIATION

BIVDA (The IVD technologies industry body) is the go-to organisation supporting members and key stakeholders to provide cost-effective patient outcomes using IVD technologies and innovation to transform patient pathways.

We currently represent over 150 member companies, ranging from British start-up companies to UK subsidiaries of multinational corporations.

Our members’ activities within the NHS include the supply and maintenance of pathology equipment and reagents (both laboratory-based and point of care), training, clinical evaluation work, and engagement with both procurement and clinical personnel.

MEDILINK UK

Medilink UK is a national health technology and life sciences business support organisation, with a total of 1,500 members and a database of 48,000 contacts. Our Mission is: ‘To Support the growth and development of the life sciences business, academic and clinical communities across the UK’; leveraging our collective expertise and bringing forward innovation to secure competitive advantage globally.

Our experts can provide specialist support in:

  • New product development and market research
  • Selecting and reaching your target market, in the Uk and abroad
  • Clinical research and NHS procurement
  • Sourcing funding and finance

AHCS

The Academy is the single overarching body for the entire Healthcare Science workforce in the UK and is committed to protecting the public and promoting public confidence through its voluntary registers of people in health and/or social care occupations, including the Life Science Industry accredited credentialing register, the first of its type in the UK.