Timetable for implementing Academy for Healthcare Science practitioner register

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06 / 11 / 2013 2.15pm

The Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) is currently developing its Accredited Voluntary Register and has outlined the process leading to its implementation in summer 2014.

In line with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) systems and guidance, the Academy is working closely with professional bodies, existing voluntary registration bodies and the wider healthcare science community.

What this means for employers

Over the next few months, the healthcare science community will be able to engage in this process by responding to an upcoming consultation due on the 1 December 2013, and by attending related AHCS events where possible.

On implementation of the practitioner register, students who successfully complete the Practitioner Training Programme, or who obtain a relevant Certificate of Equivalence will be able to join the voluntary register. The register is being developed so that the public, workforce planners, employers and commissioners can select practitioners who have been independently assessed and quality assured.  

Timetable for implementation

 Date Process
Mid November 2013 Final draft of standards prepared for internal review
27 November 2013 Draft standards cleared for consultation by AHCS Board 
1 December 2013 Consultation begins on draft standards for AHCS register
December 2014 Communications through professional bodies to promote the consultation
December 2014 Start discussions with the PSA on their requirements for the operation and governance of the register
14 February 2014 Consultation closes
Early April 2014 Submission of application for approval to the PSA
Summer 2014 Full Academy Register goes live (subject to PSA approval)

Further information

Further background information, including a link to the Academy website can be found in our dedicated Academy section.

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