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How the RCCP are continuing our regulatory function during the COVID-19 pandemic


The RCCP are committed to doing all we can to support our registrants, patients and the public at this challenging time.
We have made some operational changes during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure we continue to regulate clinical physiologists effectively. Any operational changes during this period should not significantly impact the work we do despite temporarily closing our Head Office in Droitwich with all staff now working remotely.

Our primary role is to protect the public by regulating 6 disciplines of clinical physiologists and to do this we:
  • set the standards for clinical physiologist’s education and training practice;
  • keep a register of clinical physiologists, known as ‘registrants’, who meet our standards; and
  • take action if clinical physiologists on our register do not meet our Standards
 
Impact on Education and Training

Formal academic courses are being suspended, which has the potential to delay some students completing their course and joining the RCCP register in order to practice, which may impact services when they return to full capacity.  It is hoped that high education institutions (HEI’s) and work-based supervisors will adopt a flexible approach to the sign off of units of training and progression through the training programme.  RCCP are reviewing the situation regularly with the relevant HEIs and accredited courses and will provide further updates as required. 
The RCCP Board have however agreed a temporary mechanism presented by the RCCP Professional Standards and Education Committee on the 31st to allow students graduating in the summer of 2020 to apply for RCCP registration whilst completing their studies. 
We recognise is necessary where there are a number of challenges students may be facing that could prevent completion of their studies including:
  • Cost of extending study period
  • Time off studies to see when and if they can return to placement
  • Ability to seek employment
Challenges services are very likely to experience when normal service resumes and having the necessary workforce to recoup cancelled appointments.
The proposed mechanism that will allow students to complete their studies, join the RCCP register and seek employment is as follows:

Graduating Students 2020 
 
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