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Association of Clinical Scientists?

The Association of Clinical Scientists (ACS) is an umbrella organisation for the professional bodies covering the various clinical science modalities.

Nominated representatives of those professional bodies form the Directors of the ACS. Certain other bodies have an observer status with the ACS. It is the responsibility of the ACS to lay down the criteria for competence of applicants and to present a Certificate of Attainment to candidates following a successful assessment. This certificate will allow direct registration with the HCPC.

The objects of the Association are as follows:

  • The prime role of the ACS is to assess trainees as a preliminary to registration as a Clinical Scientist with the HCPC.
  • To promote, advance and encourage the study and practice of the application of science in the prevention, diagnosis and control of illness, disease and disability.
  • To establish, uphold and improve the standards of qualification, training, competence and conduct of Clinical Scientists in the United Kingdom.
  • To work with official bodies including Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) on matters relating to the above.
  • To liaise with relevant professional bodies to set standards for training and training centres to include availability of appropriate resources, regular assessment, pastoral care and mechanisms for addressing students training issues.

Who can apply?

You must simply have a 1st or 2nd Class Honours degree in life science or medical science degree with a human physiology component and be an appropriately trained and qualified scientist working in health care who:

  • gives scientific and clinical advice which has a direct bearing on the management of patients
  • applies scientific methods to maintain the efficacy, quality and safety of investigative or therapeutic techniques
  • introduces and advances new scientific and clinical procedures for patient benefit

Appropriate training and qualifications will take the form of evidence to support the “scientific” competency in the relevant modality either by MSc certificate or by other knowledge based assessment to an equivalent level.

How much does it cost?

From £170-£295 dependent on route taken and membership of professional body.

How do I apply?

HCPC requires that evidence of attainment of a number of generic competences in Clinical Science be provided. For UK applicants this will take the form of the ACS Certificate of Attainment, which will be awarded following a successful assessment of a portfolio of evidence regarding competencies followed by a formal interview.

What do I need to do to stay on the register?

Demonstrate through on-going CPD that you still meet the requirements of HCPC.

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