HCPC Temporary Register

The Healthcare and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has established a temporary register of health and care professionals to support the public health response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Final year STP trainees on National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) accredited programmes, trainees on NHS for Education Scotland (NES) recognised clinical scientist training programmes, and AHCS STP Equivalence applicants who have met the requirements set out by AHCS will automatically be entered onto the temporary register and able to practice as a registered professional.

The requirements are being put in place to assure the Academy, as the HCPC approved provider, that those trainees and STP Equivalence applicants have completed the work-based learning for clinical practice in the current context required to fulfil HCPC’s requirements to enter the temporary register.

For final year STP trainees, NSHCS is managing the process to enable entry to the temporary register; trainees will be provided with details and guidance. The NSHCS will also continue to add updates and FAQs to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page on the NSHCS website: https://nshcs.hee.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

For final year trainees on NES recognised clinical scientist training programmes, NES is managing the process to enable entry to the temporary register and will be in touch with trainees and supervisors to discuss the process.

For STP Equivalence applicants, the Academy will be in contact with individual applicants to confirm eligibility and provide additional information.

In all instances, the details of those who meet the criteria will be forwarded to the HCPC to enable automatic entry on to the temporary register.

For more detailed information about the temporary student register please visit:

HCPC HCPC Advice for students.

National School of Healthcare Science: NSHCS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Academy for Healthcare Science: AHCS Equivalence Guidance


Calling all Clinical Scientists and Biomedical Scientists formerly registered with HCPC

HCPC will be contacting former Clinical Scientists and Biomedical Scientists, who have de-registered within the last three years, to inform them that their names will be added to the COVID-19 temporary register.

If your name is on this list, and you would like to offer to support your profession in the COVID-19 pandemic, you do not need to do anything further with HCPC in order to practice.

Further details and FAQs can be found at: https://www.hcpc-uk.org/covid-19/advice/advice-for-temporary-registrants/

The temporary register can be downloaded at: https://www.hcpc-uk.org/covid-19/temporary-register/

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.  These 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.

The HCS Practitioner Register now incorporates Genetic Counsellors, specialised healthcare professionals who have been trained in the science of human genetics and psychosocial counselling.  These staff have met the standards set by the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board (GCRB) which until July 2019 held a PSA Accredited Register. This register has now ceased to function and the AHCS has assumed overall responsibility for Genetic Counsellor registration, including the handling of complaints about registrants.

The details of currently registered Genetic Counsellors can be found by Searching the Academy Register. However, prospective registrants should continue to apply through the GCRB website as the Board will continue to be responsible for assessing applications using its existing processes.

In August 2020, the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors produced a statement, endorsed by the AHCS and GCRB, which describes the role of the Genetic Counsellor in the UK in more detail.

  • Medical Illustrator Register: a register for individuals previously registered with the Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Illustration Practitioners (CAMIP) and those who work as clinical photographers, video producers, medical artists and medical graphic designers. These staff provide a multi-skilled support service to those involved in patient care, teaching, education and research in the Health Sciences.

Applicants to the register who have not undertaken one of the listed approved programmes can apply directly to the Institute of Medical Illustrators and submit the IMI Certificate of Competence as an alternative qualification.

  • 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).
    • SCST members (new and existing) currently on the RCCP register can utilise a streamlined application process to join the AHCS clinical physiology register, if they apply through the SCST Registrar (ahcsregister.scst@gmail.com). All current members of SCST need to email their name, address, current work address, RCCP registrant number and SCST number to ahcsregister.scst@gmail.com
    • SVTGBI members (Society for Vascular Technology of Great Britain and Ireland) with current Accredited Vascular Scientist status (AVS) are eligible to join the Academy for Healthcare Science Clinical Physiology register.  Members who wish to join the register should first contact the Membership Secretary of the SVT via email: membership@svtgbi.org.uk.  The Membership Secretary will check that the AVS status is valid and securely transfer contact details to enable an account to be set up.  SVT members will then receive details from the Academy about how to complete the registration process.


Life Science Industry 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 LSI National Credentialing Register provides firstly, 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.


  • Establish, and periodically validate against, minimum acceptable standards for registrants and training provision
  • Maintain the required standards of conduct, education, training and health & safety criteria
  • Provide a single point for NHS staff and the public to verify an individual’s status against agreed criteria and eligibility to engage with the NHS
  • Support Trusts with regard to credentialing and management of conflicts of interest
  • Support the improvement of standards without restricting access to approved individuals.

To ensure the highest standards of governance, the Register has been independently accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This is the same Body that accredits other significant registers: https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/

Click here for more information

Click here to Search the Register


Additional parts of the register are expected to be developed in the near future.

The Academy also holds Directories, which sit within its regulatory framework and shares the administrative functions and oversight.

Click here to read more about Directories.