Registrar’s Update

Registrar’s Update November 2017

CPD Audit

The annual audit of RCT registrants took place in May 2017. A total of 51 RCT registrants were randomly selected for audit. In addition three registrants were pre-selected following the outcome of the last audit, and three self-selected. The full report on the audit can be read here.

The Technician Commitment

Technicians play a crucial role in most types of business. The UK needs thousands more each year to meet demands. ‘Technicians Make it Happen’ is a sector wide initiative being led by the Science Council to that will highlight this. However, to ensure it has an impact, they need your support. We need you to help us inspire more young people to consider this type of work. Further details can be found via the website:

Scope of Practice added online

The Scope of Practice for Registrants has now been added to the online Register. We now ask all Registrants to check your entry and inform the RCT Administrator if you see any errors or omissions. If you have moved location and notice this needs updating, please inform us of this as soon as possible. It is a Registrant’s responsibility to keep the RCT up to date of their details at all times.

PSA Re-Accreditation

We are delighted to confirm that the PSA has approved our re-accreditation application for the coming year. There were no concerns raised by the accreditation team and we look forward to the year ahead.

Management panel members

We are pleased to report that Dave Easton and Ian Wilde have both been nominated by their respective bodies (IHEEM and ART) to stand for a further term on the management panel.

PSA fees under review

PSA fees are currently under review. The RCT has responded to the PSA regarding their proposal for a review of accreditation fees and we are confident that any changes will have minimal impact of the current cost of registration.

Professional Conduct Committee

The new professional conduct committee (PCC) are now fully trained and ready to act on behalf of the RCT should any issues which require their input are raised. The management panel would like to thank our new volunteers for taking up this challenging role.

Financial Overview

There is to be a separate financial overview, giving a detailed breakdown on RCT expenditure. This is currently being put together and will be sent to all Registrants when finalised. This should answer any questions you may have about how your fees are spent.

Lapsed registrants status online

All registrants who fail to renew their registration by the deadline of 31st January will show as ‘Lapsed’ on the online Register. This status will remain against the registrants name for a period of 12 months.  After this time the status will change to De-Registered. All registrants who do not renew their registration by the deadline, will be required to submit a new application and pay the appropriate fee if they wish to be admitted back onto the Register. The best way to avoid registration lapsing is to set up a direct debit.

Management panel meetings

The management panel meeting dates for 2018 are as follows:

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Thursday 18 October 2018


Summary minutes from the October 2017 meeting can now be found on the RCT website.


Monthly Direct Debits for renewal fees

In 2018 we are introducing the option for RCT registrants to pay their renewal fee by monthly direct debit.  If you do not pay by direct debit at present, or if you already pay by annual direct debit, you will have the option to pay by monthly payments. Email communications have been circulated regarding this, but if you missed this, and would like to pay by monthly direct debit, please request a form.   If you would rather pay by annual direct debit, download a form.

Iain Threlkeld

The RCT Registrar

Registrar’s Update July 2017

CPD Audit

The RCT CPD audit took place on 16 May and 63 registrants (2.5% of the register) were selected for audit.  Of the 63 audited, 16 did not submit any CPD. Of the 47 who did submit, 27 passed and 20 did not pass.  These 20 were required to re-submit and of these 7 did not do so.   Thank you to all those who submitted their CPD for audit. A full report will be circulated in due course.

Assistant Registrar

It has been confirmed that Andy Mosson will remain as assistant registrar for a full term of three years from his start date of 1 September 2016 which was initially to be a temporary one year term for consistency and transition purposes. The panel welcomed this decision.

PSA statement on use of Accredited Registers

The Professional Standards Authority has recently released a statement recommending the use of practitioners who are registered on accredited registers only:

‘Accredited registers meet our demanding standards including protecting the public, governance, education and training, risk management and complaints handling. Practitioners on accredited registers:

 Meet approved levels of education and training and continuing professional development

 Sign up to codes of conduct and competence

 Are subject to disciplinary procedures if something goes wrong.

Accredited registers provide a safety net. A practitioner who is struck off one accredited register (or by a regulator) may not simply join another accredited register’ Read their full statement here.

You can now check the PSA register for a particular healthcare professional via:

Assessor Training

There is an assessor training day planned for September, which is open to our newly appointed assessors and existing assessors, and will give a complete overview of all RCT assessment processes. This will be held in York.

PSA Re-Accreditation

It is now time to apply for re-accreditation with the PSA. This is an annual process and the deadline for our application is Friday 28th July. Progress can be followed on the PSA website here.

New return from career break notification

A new return from career break notification form has been introduced for all registrants who have returned to work after a career break. This must be submitted to the RCT when you return to work under your original Scope of Practice. If you return to work under a different Scope of Practice, then you will be required to complete the Career Change Notification form. Please see the Career Break policy on the RCT website for full details.

Scopes of Practice for RCT website

As mentioned in the last Registrars update, we are adding the Scope of Practice under which you are registered to the online register. We have been able to add this for many registrants from existing records; however some records remain blank. We have recently contacted all Registrants to ask you to confirm which Scope you are working under. Please respond to this communication as soon as possible, so that the online register can be updated effectively.

Management panel meetings

The remaining Meeting planned for 2017 is:

Thursday 19 October 2017, at Fairmount House,

230 Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1ES.

Summary minutes from the June 2017 meeting can now be found on the RCT website.


Monthly Direct Debits for renewal fees

In 2018 we are introducing the option for RCT registrants to pay their renewal fee by monthly direct debit.  If you do not pay by direct debit at present, or if you already pay by annual direct debit, you will have the option to pay by monthly payments. Email communications will shortly be circulated regarding this, so please keep a look out for the instructions.


Iain Threlkeld

The RCT Registrar

Registrar’s Update March 2017

CPD Audit

A reminder that the CPD Audit process begins in March when a random selection of registrants will be identified for this year’s audit. Those who have been selected for audit will be requested to submit their CPD Summary by email within 28 days. To make the process easier, there are forms and guidance notes on the RCT website to help you to do this. Remember  that it is a condition of your registration that you maintain adequate CPD and submit records when requested. This ensures that you remain up to date with current developments and good practice within your profession. You should maintain your CPD records throughout the year, which will be a benefit if you are selected for audit, as it will make the process easier for you. If you would like any advice on the audit, please contact


Leaflet, poster and departmental certificate

Our leaflet – Information for patients and the public – has recently been updated. The leaflet provides vital information to patients and increases public awareness of the register.  We have also produced a poster and departmental certificate to display alongside them. We would encourage you to request copies for display in your department by emailing

Scopes of Practice for RCT website

In the coming months we will be introducing a column on the RCT online register to show the Scope of Practice each Registrant is registered under. In order to do this, we will be contacting each Registrant to ask you to confirm which Scope of Practice you are registered under. Please look out for our communication and respond as soon as you can, to enable us to update this functionality effectively.

Overseas Applicants

We encourage applications from those who have trained and worked overseas and are now working in the UK, and the launch of the Equivalence Routes directly supports such applicants. Equivalence is intended as a route to registration for anyone who is working within one of the RCT scopes of practice and does not have access to either of the primary routes to registration. Anyone who has a relevant qualification and can demonstrate they meet the equivalence criteria can apply to join the RCT via this route.

Career Break and Career Change

You should be aware that you must inform the RCT management panel when you intend to take a career break. A career break involves a registrant taking an extended period of unpaid time away from their work and returning to work in the same Scope of Practice.  You must also tell us if you are intending to make a career change. A career change involves a registrant taking time away from their current Scope of Practice to undertake further training and development (which may be paid or unpaid), before returning to work in a different Scope of Practice. To notify us of your intention to take a career break or undertake a career change, please read the policy on the RCT website before completing the notification form, at least 1 month before the proposed start date of the career break or career change and sending it to us.

Direct Debits

After the annual renewal process this year, some registrants were removed from the register for non-payment. This may be because of forgetfulness; however setting up a direct debit would avoid this! You can set up a direct debit at any time – the application form is available from the RCT website. Just complete and email or post this back to us.

Equivalence Assessors – Your chance to volunteer

The equivalence route for registration is an area which is expanding and we are looking to add to our team of assessors to cover future needs. If you believe that you have the skills to assess technical portfolios we would love to hear from you. We are planning a training day for new and existing assessors soon, so if you would like to get involved this is the perfect time. Please email us a copy of your CV and we will be in touch soon.

Management panel meetings

Meetings planned for 2017 are:

Tuesday 6 June 2017, at Fairmount House, 230 Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1ES

Thursday 19 October 2017, at Fairmount House, 230 Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1ES

Summary minutes from the February 2017 meeting can now be found on the RCT website


Iain Threlkeld

The RCT Registrar

Registrar’s Update November 2016

NEW RCT Registrar

RCT Registrar, Andy Mosson, recently stepped down from the role after three years in post. He has steered the RCT through some major changes over the last few years and the RCT management panel is extremely grateful for all of his hard work and dedication.  In accordance with its Terms of Reference, the management panel has voted to elect a new Registrar from amongst its members, and the outcome is that I have been elected to that role, having previously been Assistant Registrar and before that, one of the IHEEM representatives. I am very much looking forward to taking on this role and continuing the excellent work undertaken by my predecessor. Andy has kindly agreed to stand for election as Assistant Registrar, thus providing a continuity of knowledge whilst the changes take place, and he was subsequently elected to this position by the panel.     

Iain Threlkeld



Updated RCT CPD Policy

The RCT policy on Continued Professional Development has recently been updated and is available to download from the RCT website. Please ensure that you read the policy as it applies to all CPD activity from 2016 onwards. In particular there are penalties for not producing CPD evidence when requested to do so at audit – with removal from the Register being the most severe. We want to help you to be successful with your CPD audit, so please do submit your portfolio when asked: this gives you time to get help and support for a re-submission if necessary, and avoids the most severe penalties.



Renewal fees for 2017

The annual renewal fee for 2017 will be £18.00, an increase of only 50p. The increase has been kept to a minimum, but is necessary to cover costs incurred by implementing the CPD audit, renewing PSA accreditation and increasing general costs.


Application fees have not been increased.


NEW RCT post-nominal for use by registrants

Being on the PSA-accredited Register of Clinical Technologists is a personal achievement and an indication of professional standing, which deserves recognition by employers and patients. With the permission of the PSA,  the management panel has agreed that Registrants can now use the post nominal letters ‘RCT’ to signify that they are on the Register.  All Registrants can now use ‘RCT’ after their name for the duration of their registration. Should your registration lapse through non-payment, or if you are removed from the Register for disciplinary reasons, then you must cease using the post-nominal letters immediately.

PSA Re-Accreditation

We are extremely pleased to report that we were successful in gaining PSA re-accreditation for another year. We were deemed to have met the PSA’s standards for re-accreditation for a second year. The Register was praised by the PSA for the work undertaken in its first year as an Accredited Register.

The whole process begins again next March for re-accreditation in September 2017.


New Panel Members

We have recently welcomed two new members to the RCT management panel.

Ian Wilde is the Technical Service Manager at the Manchester Royal Infirmary dialysis unit and he joins us as a representative of the Association of Renal Technologists.

Shaun Lundy is Clinical Engineering Team Leader at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. He is a Member of IHEEM, registered with the RCT and also with the Engineering Council as an Engineering Technician. He is the panel’s second IHEEM representative.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to both and look forward to their valuable input into the RCT panel.

Iain Threlkeld

The RCT Registrar

Registrar’s Update August 2016

August 2016

Technologist registration – hot topic at IPEM’s Annual Conference (MPEC)

This conference is held every year and this year it’s in Manchester from 12 – 14 September. There is a technologist skills session from 14.45 – 15.45 on Monday 12 September. The session is called ‘Registration – the best way to recognise technologists’ skills?’ and Elaine Buckley, Chair of the HCPC, Registrar of the RCT, Andy Mosson, plus a representative from the PSA will be attending to talk about registration. We expect this to be an extremely interesting session for all technologists, whether they are registered on the RCT or not, as they will all have a view about whether technologists should be registered at all, and if so, whether with this should be with the HCPC. The session is a chance for them to hear from, and debate with, the key people from the RCT, the HCPC and the PSA, all in one room. You can find full details of the programme here: If you are attending the conference, be sure to attend this session! (Sorry, places on this free members’ day are fully booked!).

Save money on tax

IPEM appears on ‘list 3’ (the list of professional bodies approved for tax relief on subscriptions and professional fees) and, therefore, RCT registrants can claim tax relief on their RCT subscriptions under the IPEM banner if they meet the required criteria set out by HMRC.Tax logo


Andy Iles stepping down from post 

One of the longest serving members of the Management Panel and the current Assistant Registrar, Andy Iles has recently stepped down from his post after his retirement. We would like to sincerely thank him for all of his hard work and dedication to the role over the many years he has worked with us.  Taking over the role of Assistant Registrar is Iain Threlkeld, who has been an IHEEM representative member on the Management Panel and one of the main contributors to the development of the Equivalence Routes. We will be seeking a new IHEEM rep to replace Iain.IHEEM

PSA Re-Accreditation

The RCT’s Professional Standards Authority accreditation is due for renewal and the application has recently been submitted. The re-accreditation process should be complete in September. We will inform you of the outcome of the assessment as soon as possible.

In other news, the PSA has welcomed a new Chair, George Jenkins OBE, who replaces Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, who has recently stepped down after eight years in post.

Reform of Health Regulators – Minister’s statement

Former Junior Health Minister Ben Gummer MP said in December 2015: ‘The Government remains committed to reform of the regulation of health and (in England) social care professionals. The Government is grateful for the work of the Law Commissions of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in making recommendations and has been considering how best to take these forward.

Our priorities for reform in this area are better regulation, autonomy and cost-effectiveness while maintaining and improving our focus on public protection. We intend to consult on how these priorities can be taken forward, taking account of the Law Commissions’ work on simplification and consistency and building on the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care’s paper Rethinking regulation published in August 2015. We will present proposals that give the regulators the flexibility they need to respond to new challenges in the future without the need for further primary legislation.

We recognise the need for some immediate reform in this area. Subject to Parliamentary time we plan to take forward reforms to regulators’ rule-making process and the way that the larger regulators deal with concerns about their registrants. This will improve accountability and make the system more efficient and effective. This Government remains committed to the principle of proportionate regulation of healthcare professionals in this regard.’

The Impact of Brexit

The Professional Standards Authority has recently advised that due to the impact of the Brexit vote, the work on legislative reform of healthcare regulation, and the potential inclusion of new professions, may not be seen as a priority and may therefore not proceed at this time. Further discussions will take place between the RCT, PSA and other involved parties to try and push forward with this issue.Brexit logo

CPD Audit

The CPD audit has now been completed, with 23 registrants being requested to re-submit their return due to an unsatisfactory first submission. The final results are currently being analysed; however while there are no sanctions this time for those who do not submit or who fail to pass their audit; this will not be the case from next year. Please keep an eye on the RCT website for further updates.CPD logo

RCT Leaflet, poster & certificate

A new RCT leaflet has now been launched which aims to inform patients and increase the public awareness of the Register.  Promoting the valuable work of registrants and the standards which you have met is vital for public protection.  We would encourage you to request copies for display in your department by emailing

In addition to the leaflets we have had a poster and Departmental certificate designed to display alongside them. These can also be requested by email at the above address.

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Andy Mosson

The RCT Registrar

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