Registrar’s Update

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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.

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  •  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: www.checkapractitioner.com

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 ProfessionalStandardsAgency

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 meetingsMinutes

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.

Direct Debit

Iain Threlkeld

The RCT Registrar

 

March 2017

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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 enquiries@therct.org.uk.

Leaflet, poster and departmental certificate

Our leaflet – Information for patients and the public – has recently been updated.

The leaflet providesRCTLeafletpostercert 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 enquiries@therct.org.uk.

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.

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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

people around a tableMeetings 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

November 2016

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Iain Threlkeld

NEW RCT Registrar

Andy Mosson

Andy Mosson

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.

Direct DebitApplication fees have not been increased.

Please remember that you can set up a direct debit to take the worry out of having to remember to pay your fees!

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

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Ian Wilde

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

Shaun Lundy

Shaun Lundy

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

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: http://www.ipem.ac.uk/ConferencesEvents/MPEC.aspx. 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

 

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Andy Iles

Iain Threlkeld

Iain Threlkeld

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 enquiries@therct.org.uk.

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

March 2016      

New registrant representatives

Thank you to those of you who took part in the ballot to elect two new registrant representatives to the RCT’s management panel this year. It was pleasing to note that 30% of registrants voted in the ballot (previously this had been 16%). The management panel makes all the important decisions about the running of the register so it is important that you have your say in who represents you on it.

I am sure you will join me in welcoming to the management panel your chosen registrant representatives:

Elizabeth Crawford is a specialist technologist within the radiological physics department of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and is keen to see entry routes into all technologist professions clarified so that new starters can identify a clear career path and, ultimately, work towards registration as a respected and recognised member of the healthcare science community.

David Donohue is a chief clinical technologist at South Tyneside Hospital. The clinical technologist profession is important to David and he believes a strong professional organisation and regulation is important for growth, development and security.

We were also delighted to welcome Rosemary Anderton and Phil Goddard, our two lay representatives, to their first meeting of the management panel in February.

RCT registrar’s update 2016

Did you know that you can check your registration details on the RCT register? Click view the register and type in your surname or registration number. If you have moved work location and would like this amended please send an email to enquiries@therct.org.uk.

New Fitness to Practise procedure updated

The former disciplinary procedure has been updated and renamed the Fitness to Practise procedure to take account of issues which may be reported to the RCT involving either a registrant’s health (which is not a disciplinary issue) or his/her conduct (which may be).  The other main changes that have taken place involve the decision to make hearings routinely open to the public (which is usual practice for statutory registers); changes to the composition of the appeals panel; and clarification of the process for handling potential complaints that come to light via news or social media sources rather than by individual complaints.

The revised Fitness to Practise procedure which was approved by the RCT management panel at its February meeting can be found on the RCT website.

New equivalence route – physics

The physics standards for the equivalence route have now been finalised and a pilot is underway. Once the pilot has been completed, the route will be formally launched and the relevant information will be added to the RCT website. If you think that you may be eligible to apply via the physics equivalence route and would like us to contact you once the route is launched please email enquiries@therct.org.uk with your name, email address, telephone number, work location and the Scope of Practice you are working under.

Help with your CPD

All registrants are required to keep up to date with their CPD and be able to demonstrate that they are doing so. Further information has been added to the RCT website to help you to maintain your CPD record. This information includes potential CPD activities together with example submissions from a rehabilitation engineer, radiotherapy technologist and a nuclear medicine technologist to help you prepare your own portfolio. This year’s CPD audit takes place in May and we will be contacting a random sample of registrants in March to ask for a summary of their CPD record.

Publicising YOUR register

Don’t forget you can put under your email signature that you are a member of an accredited register together with this logo:

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We also have a leaflet available for you to put out in your department to let patients know about the RCT.  Please email enquiries@therct.org.uk if you would like us to send you some hard copies. If you have already requested copies and have not yet received them please be assured that they will be with you as soon as possible.

Equivalence assessors required

The equivalence route for registration is an area where we are expecting growth and we are looking to expand the team of assessors to cover future needs. If you believe that you have the skills to assess technical portfolios we would like to hear from you.  We are planning a training day for new and existing assessors in Q2 of 2016.

CPD Aasessors required

Would you like to get involved in the Register of Clinical Technologists and do you have an interest in continuing professional development? We are looking to expand the assessor pool this year and it is a great opportunity to expand your own professional development.  Please do get in touch if this is something that you feel would be beneficial.  It is likely that training will take place on 17 or 18 May 2016 with the opportunity to include assessment.People

New registration status explained

A new field has been added to the register to provide the public with further assurance of your registration status and to bring the register in line with other voluntary and statutory registers.   The status fields are:

–      Registered – this means that the registrant is currently registered with no current finding or cautions

–      Registered finding – this means that the registrant has had been found to have a minor concern within the last five years

–      Registered caution – this means that the registrant has had a written reprimand placed on them within the last five years

–      Deregistered suspension conduct – this means that the registrant has been temporarily suspended due to a conduct related issue

–      Deregistered suspension health – this means that the registrant has been temporarily suspended due to a health related issue

–      Deregistered – this means that the registrant has been expelled from the register.

Where there has been a Fitness to Practise (previously called ‘disciplinary’) hearing involving a registrant a summary of the case will appear on the website in line with best practice of other voluntary and statutory registers and there will be a link from the register page to this page. This is so that the public can be assured that the individual has been appropriately investigated in order to protect patient safety and can see why they have been cautioned or deregistered.

RCT management panel meeting minutes

MinutesThe summary minutes of the RCT MP held on 10 February 2016 are available via the RCT website. This enables registrants to keep up with the discussions and decisions being made on their behalf.

Career break policy

The career break policy has been developed to enable registrants to take an extended period of unpaid time away from work in order to balance their career with other commitments, responsibilities and interest.

Registrants who are planning to take a career break are required to notify the registrar and will be removed upon commencement of their break. If you are taking a career break, please complete the relevant form which is available on the RCT website and forward this to the registrar at least one month prior to the commencement of your career break. The full policy can be found here.

Andy Mosson

The RCT Registrar

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