Scope of Practice

Clinical technologists are healthcare scientists specialising in the practical application of physics, engineering and technology to clinical practice. They work in NHS hospitals, private health care, academic institutions and the medical device industry.

The practice of clinical technologists is divided into medical physics and clinical engineering. They work in the following disciplines:

Medical physics

Nuclear medicine
Radiotherapy physics
Radiation physics

Clinical engineering

Medical engineering
Radiation engineering
Rehabilitation engineering
Renal technology


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For each discipline there is an introduction, a broad overview and a description of the specialised tasks practiced. The scope of practice statements describes the attributes that would be expected from a newly qualified clinical technologist at the point of registration.

Download the current Scope of Practice document.

If you wish to propose a new Scope of Practice for the RCT, please read the guidance notes before contacting us via

The Register of Clinical Technologists