The Register and Regulation

The Academy holds a Professional Standards Authority (PSA) accredited voluntary register for those areas of the Healthcare Science workforce not covered by statutory registration and regulation.

The Accreditation quality mark signifies that the Academy, and its registrants, have met the Professional Standards Authority’s high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management of the register, complaints handling and information; assuring the public and employers.

The PSA is an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament and promotes the health, safety and wellbeing of patients, service users and the public by raising standards of regulation and voluntary registration of people working in health and care.

Read more about the PSA by visiting their website: www.professionalstandards.org.uk


HCS Registration Council

The operation and governance of the Academy’s Register is overseen by the HCS Registration Council (formerly Regulation Council), which is independently chaired and operates at arms-length from the Academy.

The core objective of the Council is to protect the public by mitigating the risks posed to patients and the public by the Healthcare Science workforce that is not regulated by statute.

These risks arise because of the highly specialised, scientific nature of diagnosis, investigations and treatment provided by Healthcare Scientists and because of the potential impact on the health and wellbeing of patients and the public if diagnoses, investigations and treatment provided by those Healthcare Scientists were not of the highest possible standard.

Read more information about the Registration Council Members 

The detailed operation of the Regulation Council is set out in its Terms of Reference.

Agenda and minutes are available from the Academy Registration Council meetings pages

Further information

Rules for the operation of the Register

The Registration Council’s rules and procedures set out the day to day operation of the register. These were reviewed and updated on 1 May 2016, and include:

Statement on Fitness to Practise hearings during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA), which oversees the statutory regulators and organisations with non-statutory Accredited Registers, has issued guidance on virtual hearings during the Covid-19 pandemic, whether for Fitness to Practise or other matters, where there is an urgent public interest in their taking place.

The full text of the guidance can be found here.

The pandemic is not over, and social distancing and other restrictions are likely to continue for some time.  Should there be a need, it will be difficult to hold physical hearings (with all parties attending in the same place), which means that the Academy will need to look at other options, such as greater use of wholly online hearings and ‘hybrid’ hearings where part of the hearing takes place in one location and the remainder virtually.

If a hearing needs to take place, the Academy for Healthcare Science will follow the guidance set out by the PSA in relation to virtual hearings.  This will not override the legal rights of registrants or the rules governing the conduct of fitness to practise hearings.

The Academy will provide good practice guidance for the conduct of such hearings and make this available to all parties, particularly to registrants and witnesses, so they are clear about the process and options.  This will cover:

  • arrangements for ensuring that the factors which led to the decision to hold the hearing in a particular format are kept under review throughout the process and the arrangements changed or modified if necessary
  • a process for testing connectivity etc prior to the hearing to ensure that all parties can engage effectively
  • encouragement for parties to engage prior to the hearing to ensure that an agreed bundle is available to the panel
  • public access to the hearing
  • arrangements for private discussions between registrants and their representatives and for the panel to proceed and deliberate in private
  • arrangements for providing advice and support to registrants and witnesses about the process, particularly if they are unrepresented
  • the efficient conduct of the hearing, including secure and ready access to documents and unused material, who will be visible on screen during the hearing, raising interjections or concerns (for example about the visual or sound quality) when another party is speaking
  • practical issues including how the oath or affirmation is to be taken by witnesses and expectations relating to dress, behaviour and surroundings during the process
  • a recognition that technological difficulties may slow proceedings or cause interruptions with a reminder that patience may on occasion be necessary
  • guidance on the need for regular breaks during the hearing and on how often those might be
  • any arrangements for recording the hearings and for ownership, retention and storage of the recording and, particularly, ensuring that full consideration has been given to the GDPR implications.

The PSA intend to keep their guidance under review and seek views on how it continues to be appropriate in March 2021, unless there is evidence, for example of new developments or unforeseen problems, to suggest it needs to be done more urgently. The Academy for Healthcare Science will implement any changes to the guidance as is necessary.

29 October 2020