03 / 1 / 2014 11.09am
Many employers require their sonographers to be statutorily registered according to their original professional background, i.e. as a radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or nurse/midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), however there are no statutory regulation arrangements for sonographers.
It is fair to expect individuals who are able to register with a regulatory body, such as the HCPC or NMC, to do so - however we would urge employers to consider that for some otherwise well-qualified sonographers who have trained from different professional backgrounds where regulation doesn't exist, trained overseas or who are direct entrants into sonography training, statutory registration is not possible.
What this means for employers
You could be reducing your pool of candidates. We know that there remain recruitment challenges with this group of staff, given there is currently a national skills shortage of sonographers in the UK. Sonography is listed as a shortage specialty by the UK Government Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).
When recruiting to sonographer vacancies, we encourage employers to carefully consider their registration requirements.
We explain the current registration requirements for this staff group in our Medical radiography workforce section.