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UK Registration of Healthcare Scientists

Since April 2003 all clinical scientists and biomedical scientists have had to be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to work unsupervised, to develop through the careers grades of their profession and to use the protected titles of "Clinical Scientist" or "Biomedical Scientist". The HCPC registers nearly 200,000 healthcare professionals and while success in an approved degree course from an accredited University is sufficient for all other professions, both clinical scientists and biomedical scientists have post graduate training and no approved degree courses. Autonomous assessment of applicants in these two professions with subsequent certification for successful ones, is the only approved UK route to registration for them. International applications are discussed elsewhere on this website.

Clinical Scientist Assessment by the ACS

Since April 2003, a route for registration as a clinical scientist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) has been through the award of the Association of Clinical Scientists' (ACS) Certificate of Attainment or (until July 2005) the "grandparenting" rules of HCPC.

Full details of ACS RouteONE and RouteTWO (the 3 and 6 year routes to HCPC registration via the ACS), together with relevant documentation are available through the ACS website.

Clinical Scientist Assessment by the AHCS

In late 2012 the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) was also awarded HCPC Education Provider status, providing routes for registration as a clinical scientist through the award of the Academy for Healthcare Science's Certificate of Attainment or Certificate of Equivalence.

Full details of AHCS Certificate of Attainment and Certificate of Equivalence routes to HCPC registration are available through the AHCS website.


Biomedical Scientist Assessment by the IBMS

Biomedical Scientists have been registered with the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM) before the role of that body was transferred to the HCPC.

Full details of the routes to statutory registration, together with relevant documentation are available through the IBMS website and on this website.


All new entrants to the profession will follow one of these routes. Details of international applications along with the activities and responsibilities of the Health & Care Professions Council can be found on the Council's website and the links in the box on the left

 

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Updated 2nd August 2012

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