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Registration of BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science graduates with RCCP

What is the difference between graduates from BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science programmes and previous clinical physiology programmes? Graduates of BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science programmes may not be equivalent to graduates from the previous BSc Clinical Physiology programmes in terms of competency. This is because of the changes to the curriculum as defined by Modernising Scientific Careers. This does not apply to the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) programmes as these have retained the competency requirements of the original BSc (Hons) Audiology programmes.

Historically in the previous BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology practice outcomes were at a higher level than the new programmes. Students undertook two professional body practice assessments (Part I and Part II exams). This led to many new graduates being promoted to Career Framework level 6 roles within a year of qualifying. As the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science qualification does not include these professional body assessments of competency this may mean that staff will remain at Career Framework level 5 for longer until they have developed equivalent competencies to the Part I and Part II exams.

Professional bodies have recognised this gap and intend providing a preceptorship model, which may include Part I & Part II exams, to enable such graduates to develop the competencies required in a structured way. The British Academy of Audiology may also offer a preceptorship model based on the need to provide professional support to newly qualified graduates.

In terms of equivalence for registration, graduates of the new BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science programmes are eligible to enter the RCCP Register, as they will demonstrate the defined scope of practice that Modernising Scientific Careers has created.
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