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Important information for all healthcare scientists and healthcare science practitioners

Important information for all healthcare scientists and healthcare science practitioners

Are you a practicing healthcare scientist or healthcare science practitioner?

Have you been in your job for more than three years?

Did you train and qualify before the Modernising Scientific Careers programme was introduced?

Is public and patient safety your priority?

If you have answered yes to any one or more of these questions, then read on, this information is important to you.

The Academy for Healthcare Science offers an equivalence process that leads to eligibility to join an NHS recognised and supported register. Gaining ‘equivalence’ means that all your previous training, qualifications, professional development and invaluable experience can be recognised and validated against new career frameworks. You will then be eligible to join the Health and Care Professions Council register (for clinical scientists) or the Academy for Healthcare Science accredited register (for healthcare science practitioners). The Academy’s register for practitioners is the only one of its kind to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). The PSA report on accredited registers can be found on the website link below.

Being on one of these registers offers a considerable degree of assurance around patient safety, quality, competence and commitment to your employers, your colleagues and your patients. Although, for some, registration remains voluntary, employers are increasingly making registration a condition of employment so gaining equivalence, and then registration, opens up routes for career progression previously unavailable to you. Equivalence can cost as little as £50.

http://www.ahcs.ac.uk/2015/03/important-information-clinical-scientists-healthcare-science-practitioners/