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 enquiries@therct.org.uk.

 

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 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.

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

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