The Register of Clinical Technologists (the RCT) – formerly the Voluntary Register of Clinical Technologists – was formed in 2000 with the aim of protecting the public by advocating statutory, professional regulation for Clinical Technologists. You can download our information leaflet for patients and the public here.
The register now holds the details of over 2,400 healthcare professionals who have achieved the standards set out by the RCT through education or equivalence. They abide by a regularly-reviewed Code of Professional Conduct and take part in continuing professional development (CPD) to maintain their professional status for the protection of the public at all times.
The Register of Clinical Technologists (RCT) and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to formalise and strengthen their relationship. Both organisations are accredited registers with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and recognise their mutual aims and objectives, one of the primary aims being to achieve statutory regulation for clinical physiologists and technologists, for the better protection of the public. You can read the joint statement here.
Our register has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) under its Accredited Registers programme since September 2015. Accredited registers are a new approach to regulation recently established by government in preference to statutory registers. In order to obtain accreditation an organisation must show they have met the PSA’s specific, demanding standards relating to governance, standards for registrants (including education and training) and management of the register, by way of a rigorous application process. Organisations are then re-accredited each year provided they can show they are still meeting the PSA standards. The PSA released a statement recommending the use of practitioners who are registered on accredited registers only. It is important that people who work in health and care are trained, skilled and treat patients and service users well. You can now check the PSA register for a particular healthcare professional via: www.checkapractitioner.com
As an accredited register we are also part of the Accredited Registers’ Collaborative and have signed up to the Information Sharing Protocol in respect of registrants removed from our register due to disciplinary (Fitness to Practise) procedures. You can read the protocol here.
We register technologists working in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy physics, radiation physics, medical engineering, radiation engineering, rehabilitation engineering and renal technology.
Transfer of Public Voluntary Register of Sonographers (PVRS) to RCT by 1 March 2021
The Register of Clinical Technologists (the RCT) and the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) are pleased to confirm that following Professional Standards Authority (PSA) approval, the Public Voluntary Register of Sonographers (PVRS) will transfer to the Register of Clinical Technologists (RCT) on February 28th 2021. You can see the original consultation here.
The PVRS is a register for those individuals working as sonographers whose practice includes medical ultrasound. Many of those working in this field are already eligible for statutory registration through their existing qualifications via the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). However, there are also a significant number of sonographers to whom these routes are not available. By transferring to the RCT these individuals will become part of a PSA accredited register and will work with the RCT to continue our push for statutory registration for all our registrants.
Sonographers will be a separate professional group within the RCT register alongside the existing physics and engineering groups. As the RCT is accredited by the PSA it is better equipped to protect the public and is in a better position to meet the costs of PSA accreditation. A move to a PSA accredited voluntary register was recommended by the PSA in their July 2019 report to Health Education England on the regulation of sonographers. You can read the full report here.
Since 2011 government policy has been set against the statutory regulation of new aspirant professional groups of which sonographers are one. The RCT along with the SCoR, the British Medical Ultrasound Society, Royal College of Radiologists and the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education and other stakeholder organisations, will continue to press the case for the statutory registration of clinical technologists and sonographers. You can read more about regulating further professions on the HCPC website here.
For those voluntary registrants currently listed in the PVRS, transfer processes are being designed to be as smooth as possible and we will be providing further information soon on how this will be done. It will be an individual sonographer’s decision as to whether they wish to transfer to the RCT. We are publishing further guidance including ‘frequently asked questions’ to support the process.
The SCoR and the RCT would like to thank all who have supported the PVRS over the many years since it was originally founded by the United Kingdom Association of Sonographers (UKAS). UKAS merged with the SCoR in January 2009 and will transfer to the RCT in 2021. The SCoR hopes to publish a history of the PVRS and the contribution it has made to the protection of the public and the on-going bid for protection of title and statutory regulation of sonographers in the New Year.
COVID-19 Joint Shared Temporary Register for Healthcare Science Practitioners
At this unprecedented time and in keeping with developments in the statutory regulation of healthcare professions the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS), the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) have been working together to establish a Shared Temporary Register (STR) for healthcare science practitioners. The STR is open to final year healthcare science students across the four home countries that meet the criteria set out below and allows them to practice as registered professionals within the healthcare science workforce. This supports the public health response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Read the full statement here.
The Accredited Registers’ Collaborative has produced guidance for staff and registrants relating to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. You can view this here.
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