About The Register
The AHCS Accredited Register is currently comprised of four parts:
- Higher Specialist Scientist (HSS) Register: a register of individuals working towards Consultant Clinical Scientist status through training or equivalence. Individuals undertake in-depth, highly complex roles, similar to a medical consultant role, requiring clinical judgement, scientific expertise, leadership and dealing with uncertainty in direct patient care. Training is undertaken through a Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) programme at doctorate level.
- Healthcare Science Practitioner Register: a register for Healthcare Science Practitioners not covered by statutory regulation i.e. those who are not Clinical Scientists, Biomedical Scientists or Hearing Aid Dispensers. Practitioners apply technology in the delivery and reporting of quality assured tests, investigations and interventions. The education and training route is through an approved Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) comprising an undergraduate degree with clinical placement.
- Medical Illustrator Register: a register for individuals previously registered with the Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Illustration Practitioners (CAMIP) and who work as clinical photographers, video producers, medical artists and medical graphic designers. They provide a multi-skilled support service to those involved in patient care, teaching, education and research in the Health Sciences.
- Clinical Physiologist Register: a register for practising Clinical Physiologists, who have completed a recognised Clinical Physiology education programme (see the FAQs and a list of approved programmes – other courses will be added to the approved list shortly).
Additional parts of the register are expected to be developed in the near future.