The National School of Healthcare Science (NHSCS) encourages Healthcare Scientists with the appropriate skills and experience to attain Statutory Registration with the Healthcare Professions Council (HCPC). Statutory Registration demonstrates commitment to maintaining standards of education, competence and conduct and provides assurance for employers, patients and the public, and the HCPC only register people who meet the HCPC standards so that they can practise safely and effectively.
Graduates of the Scientist Training Programme (STP) are eligible to register with the HCPC as Clinical Scientists, and the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) has developed an equivalence assessment process for individuals who have undertaken training, hold qualifications and/or have considerable professional experience, and who wish to show that these are equivalent to the STP and apply for Statutory Registration with the HCPC.
With the aim of increasing the number of HCS holding statutory registration, the School recently teamed up with the AHCS to award Health Education England funding to support 200 applications for the STP Equivalence process in England. We were overwhelmed and delighted with the response to this – over 600 people expressed an interest and met the criteria. This far exceeded our expectations, and the successful first 200 applicants meeting the criteria were awarded funding – we wish the successful applicants all the best for the process.
Find out more about the benefits of Statutory Registration and how to apply.
As a result of the success of this project and to help to process all applications, the Academy is calling for volunteers to act as STP Equivalence Assessors.