The Clinical Physiology Disciplines represented on the RCCP are:-
Your own Discipline may have specific advice on Voluntary Registration with the RCCP. Please check the appropriate website.
Click this link to view the List of Council Members and the Representatives for each Clinical Physiology Discipline.
An updated version of the RCCP Standards of Proficiency Clinical Physiologists can be viewed here.
The original document was developed in conjunction with Health Professions Council to help assess entry qualification to the RCCP register.
It has been updated in line with changes introduced by Modernising Scientific Careers.
The RCCP Standards of Proficiency Clinical Physiologists are modelled on those used by the Health & Care Professions Council, and were required by HCPC as part of the original development of the RCCP register. They are the professional standards which every registrant must meet in order to become registered with RCCP, and must continue to meet in order to remain on the Register.
The Standards in black print apply to all HCPC and RCCP registered practitioners; the Standards in blue print are those that apply to Clinical Physiologists registered with RCCP.
The HCPC has been set up to safeguard the health and well-being of patients using the services of the professions it regulates and to ensure that the public has access to and are treated by health professionals who are qualified and competent.
The Federation was formed in 2002 as an overarching body for the professional organisations representing healthcare scientists. The Federation will provide a collective voice for science in the health service to the government, other health care professionals and to members of the public.
The forty plus professions, groups and disciplines within healthcare science are grouped into three main sections, based primarily on the underlying branch of science from which they originate. Physiological Science if one of the three branches.
For more information on FHCS - See the website at www.fedhcs.net
A degree bearing the name of Clinical Physiology is not necessarily the true vocational degree that RCCP will accredit. It is advisable before starting trainees on a course to check the status of that course. Regular updates of accredited centres will be made available to you all through your professional bodies and this website.
the Accredited Provider List
(on Education page).
Relevant Course Information is published below (click links for more info)...
Information on MSC is published below (click links for more info)...
Enhancing Public Protection: Proposals for the Statutory Regulation of Healthcare Support Staff in England and Wales - March 2004 (View this document)
The consultation document proposes to extend the current system of regulation of healthcare professionals to include Healthcare Support Staff. The paper seeks views on the inclusion of Healthcare Support Staff in statutory regulation.
The Department of Health is requesting feedback on this
(See also resulting documents below - published 14 July 2006)
The Regulation of the Non-Medical Healthcare Professions: A review by the Department of Health - 14 July 2006
This document flows from the work of a review of non-medical professional regulation, which was set up in March 2005 by the then Secretary of State, John Reid. It deals with the regulation of health care professionals other than doctors.
The Universal Ethical Code for Scientists
Following conversations at a Carnegie meeting (a regular informal meeting of science ministers and advisers from G8 countries) in 2004, Sir David King, the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, convened a small working group to help him to consider the issues around developing a universal ethical code of conduct for scientists. The group agreed that it would be most useful to develop a set of guidelines. See Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Website.
Extending Professional Regulation Working Group Interim Report: Protecting the public by ensuring that workforce standards are met
In February 2007 the Government White Paper “Trust, Assurance, Safety – The regulation of health professionals in the 21st Century” set out Government proposals for improving public safety by strengthening the system of professional regulation for health care professionals. The paper also considered plans for extending statutory regulation to more healthcare professions / occupational groups. A Working Group of representatives from across the UK, including from health and social care sectors, academia, regulatory bodies, and government have been tasked with taking forward this complex area of health policy.
This interim report sets out our thinking so far, and makes recommendations about the work that is required before a final report can be submitted on this subject.
The documents which can be found via the following links below, give important insight and detail about the care that is expected of Clinical Physiologists and other healthcare professionals when undertaking their role.
Being ill and being investigated or treated by a healthcare worker in any environment can make people vulnerable. It is essential that we should respect an individual's dignity and we should be aware of the differing perceptions of patients and their family of what constitutes good care in appropriate surroundings. Patients may feel generally that their dignity is respected, however surveys have found that where problems have arisen, it is lack of training and staff behaviour that has resulted in patients feeling that they have not received a service that treats them as a person. It may also be that lack of involvement and lack of information leads patients to express a lack of faith in the system.
The documents outline what is expected of us and what mechanisms are in place to deal with staff who fail to respect patients’ dignity and do not provide them with appropriate surroundings to deliver their care.