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: http://technicians.org.uk/

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

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