Update for Anatomical Pathology Technologists
Changes to voluntary registration: how it may affect you
Voluntary registration has been a recurring issue since 1st September 2014 when it migrated across from the Voluntary Registration Council (VRC) to the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS). Although this change came into effect some time ago we are only just seeing the effects of the change. In recent months some of our candidates have experienced scenarios where NHS trusts have insisted that all APTs employed; either temporary or permanent require an AHCS registration. Something I’m sure you’ll know is not common practice.
This has affected a handful of APTs and has meant that some candidates can no longer work in the trust if they choose not to proceed with the registration. We need to make clear that these are isolated incidents and not all trusts will be implementing the same policy, but if you’re an APT you need to be aware that such a request could be asked of you in the future.
For further information regarding the switch from VRC to AHCS registration, please visit the AHCS website.
Becoming a registered APT
If you’re a diploma holding APT, or you have held the certificate qualification for over 4 years, you are eligible to apply for voluntary registration with the AHCS. The application process (including payment) is available to complete on-line via the AHCS website. Applicants will need to complete a certificate of competence application before they can formally apply for registration.
Still unsure? Our dedicated HSS consultants are on hand to answer any queries you may have regarding the changes. Feel free to get in touch with us:
Tel: 01992 305 645
Please note: Pulse is not affiliated to the AHCS and is not acting on behalf of any other organisations.
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