What an exciting few months we have had!

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29 / 1 / 2015 1.13pm

Janet Monkman, chief executive, Academy for Healthcare Science welcomes us to her first blog of 2015 and tells us about the exciting things happening in the world of healthcare science.

What an exciting few months we have had!  After ending 2014 with a hugely succesful Inaugural Congress, this year got off to a fantastic start for us at the Academy for Healthcare Science.  After what has been months of incredibly hard work, we were delighted that our voluntary register for healthcare science practitioners has been formally accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This is something of an achievement for us, because, we are the first register of this kind to be accredited in this way.  It means that we have effectively demonstrated high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management of the register, complaints handling and information.

I firmly believe that registration for healthcare science Practitioners can only be a good thing as it offers a very desirable degree of assurance to the people who matter most – patients. As quality and safety quite rightly continue to be at the forefront of all NHS organisations’ ambitions, we (the Academy) think that it also gives you, the employers, another tick in this most important of boxes.

That is why we are now focussing our efforts on encouraging healthcare scientists to join our register.  I hope that our efforts pay off because this section of the workforce has such an incredible impact on the patient experience, but is not always recognised.  Registration is a given for doctors and nurses, so registration for all healthcare scientists should go some way to securing their recognition as fundamental to a successful NHS. I also believe this will give your patients, staff and commissioners that extra assurance around quality and safety throughout the NHS workforce.

This is such an exciting time. It seems that not a day goes by without scientific advancements being in the news perhaps counteracting some of the incredible scrutiny hospitals have had lately around the pressures currently being faced in Emergency Departments. And the worst part of winter is still in front of us!  For now, the quiet revolution continues. How much impact will a more sensitive blood test for suspected heart attacks have on patient flow? Will behind-the-scenes healthcare scientists be recognised as contributing to any improvement? Possibly not. Yet. But watch this space.

As always, for more information on the Academy visit our website www.ahcs.ac.uk.

Until next time....

Janet Monkman

chief executive, Academy for Healthcare Science

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