RCCP to move towards the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register

Posted by 616 on January 25, 2016

RCCP to move towards the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register

January 25, 2016 at 7:48 AM

RCCP has now reached the stage where we need to consider applying for Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care (PSA) accredited register status.

This does not change our commitment to achieving statutory regulation – RCCP will continue to build on the huge momentum we have built up in support of this. But it is also clear that until the Government agrees to statutory regulation, RCCP members could be disadvantaged if we do not offer the option of a PSA accredited register. We also believe that, if we are to persuade the Department of Health that accredited voluntary registers are insufficient in protecting the public, we need to show that we thoroughly engaged with this process and sought to make it work.


The PSA oversees statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK including HCPC, NMC, GMC, etc. It assesses their performance, conducts audits, scrutinises their decisions and reports to Parliament.

It also sets standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredits those that meet them. The aim is to ensure that the public is protected when choosing and using health and care services by independently assessing organisations who register practitioners, who are not regulated by law, working both within and outside the NHS — “a strong, independent voice for service users and the public in the regulation of health and care professionals throughout the UK.

Since its creation in 2012 it has gained credibility in this role, providing oversight to all statutory and a range of voluntary regulators— please follow the link http:// www.professionalstandards.org.uk/

Our decision to explore this option in more detail is based on the following reasons:

  • The Professional Standards Authority recommends that

    the public only see health care practitioners on an accredited (or statutory) register. Professional Standards Authority (2015) Benefits for patients and service users. Available at https:// professionalstandards.org.uk/accredited-registers/see-the benefits/benefits-for-patients-and-service-users (accessed 11.01.16)

  • Registration with a PSA accredited register is recognised by NHS employers. NHS Employers (2015) Professional registration and regulation of the healthcare science workforce. http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/ retain-and-improve/standards-and-assurance/ professional-regulation/voluntary-registers (accessed 11.01.16)

  • Statutory registration or registration with a PSA accredited register is being set as a standard for application to career development routes for healthcare scientists e.g. National School of Healthcare Science Accredited Specialist Scientific Practice training; National Institute for Healthcare Research funding, etc.

  • The Register of Clinical Technologists (RCT) (http:/ therct.org.uk) is a member of the Alliance for Patient Safety, which is led by RCCP. The RCT is in the same position as RCCP with regard to being recognised as requiring statutory regulation by HCPC and being committed to securing statutory regulation. Last year it decided to apply for PSA accreditation to help raise awareness of its role and to enhance its status through the quality mark provided by PSA accreditation. However, this does not change its primary aim of campaigning for statutory regulation.


    The PSA has a set process for voluntary registers to become accredited. Firstly RCCP will carry out a risk assessment and then submit a formal application for review. Once our application has been received the PSA carries out a Call for Information asking relevant stakeholders about their experience working with RCCP and our registrants. Their accreditation team will then formally observe a meeting of the RCCP Council; conducts interviews and an assessment of our professional conduct hearings, and carry out a site visit.


    RCCP believes that these steps are in the best interests of all our registrants, but if you have any questions about this process and our reasons for taking this decision, please do contact RCCP.