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 2000 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.
The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) currently manages the Public Voluntary Register of Sonographers (PVRS). The PVRS helps to protect the public in an area of practice where there is no requirement for the healthcare professional carrying out diagnostic, screening or interventional ultrasound examinations to be statutorily regulated. They also support the campaign for ‘Sonography’ to become a regulated profession and ‘Sonographer’ and ‘Ultra Sonographer’ to become protected titles, in much the same way the RCT has been doing for Clinical Technologists.
The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) recently reported on the regulation of sonographers using their right touch assurance model. This report was published in July 2019 and a copy of the full report can be found here. While this report did not recommend sonographers for statutory registration at the current time, the PSA did recommend the PVRS should seek PSA voluntary registration accreditation, or transfer to a suitable organisation that does hold a PSA accredited voluntary register.
The SCoR will not seek PSA voluntary registration accreditation due to the high costs and the relatively small number of sonographers listed on the PVRS who are not also statutorily registered. The SCoR has therefore held discussions with the RCT with the intention of transferring the PVRS and the voluntary registrants listed on it. Processes are still at an early stage but as part of the transfer requirements the PSA will publicly consult. We therefore wish to advise voluntary registrants at this early stage so that they are informed before this occurs.
We will provide updates on progress and further details as they become available. We will also in due course prepare full information for current PVRS registrants as to how the transfer will affect them.
The SCoR plans to close the PVRS on March 1st 2021, at the end of the current registration cycle, or earlier if the transfer to the RCT is finalised before then.
The RCT along with the SCoR and other stakeholders will continue to actively argue for and progress the case for the statutory regulation of sonographers along with Clinical Technologists. Until this is achieved the inclusion of sonographers on the RCT, which is a Professional Standards Authority accredited register, will be the most suitable way to protect the public.
For further information, please see the SCoR’s website.
The Register of Clinical Technologists, Fairmount House, 230 Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1ES
Telephone: 01904 550500
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