If you are thinking of a career in healthcare science then you should be aware of the differences in the way that healthcare scientists are registered. Some healthcare science professions join a voluntary register whereas some other professions (those with protected titles in law) must register with a statutory regulator in order to practise.
Hearing aid dispensers, clinical scientists and biomedical scientists are all regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Information about the different scientist roles is available on the
NHS Careers website.
The Academy for Healthcare Science has also produced a statement providing further information on the registration requirements for Practitioner Training Programme graduates. It can be found
If you are considering becoming a biomedical or clinical scientist and you successfully complete a Health and Care Professions Council-approved programme then you will be eligible to join their register. Further information about the Health and Care Professions Council can be found on
For biomedical scientists, the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) is recognised as an education provider by the HCPC. The IBMS provides a route to HCPC registration as a biomedical scientist through IBMS-accredited qualifications and the awarding of the IBMS Certificate of Competence. For further information please visit the
For clinical scientists, the Academy for Healthcare Science is recognised by the HCPC as an education provider and can grant certificates of attainment and equivalence leading to registration with the HCPC as a clinical scientist. Further information about this is available on the
Academy for Healthcare Science website.