Clinical Physiologists may be eligible to join the register from the following disciplines:
Clinical Physiology Application Routes – Sept 2023 Update
IMPORTANT: THE RCCP SYSTEM WILL CLOSE FOR REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS ON 15TH OCTOBER. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ARCHIVED, THOSE WISHING TO CONTINUE WILL BE REQUIRED TO START A NEW APPLICATION ON THE AHCS PLATFORM.
RCCP Equivalence Routes
Non Standard UK II All specialisms EXCEPT CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
This application route will remain open on the RCCP platform RCCP Online until 15th October. Following this deadline, applications can be made via the AHCS Platform, using the PTP equivalence route. For more information on how to apply, please see visit:
Non Standard UK II CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY ONLY
This application route will remain open on the RCCP platform RCCP Online until 15th October. Following this deadline, applications can be made from 23rd October via the AHCS Platform. To apply, please visit Join The Register - The Academy For Healthcare Science (ahcs.ac.uk)
Applications submitted via the RCCP system will be assessed in the coming weeks. For those submitted on the new AHCS System, assessment will begin in December 2023.
This application route will remain open on the RCCP platform RCCP Online until 15th October. Following this deadline, the application route will be undergoing review, reopening on the AHCS platform. Please check back in December 2023 for further updates regarding dates.
The following routes are available for Clinical Physiology Registration, which accommodate a range of training, skills and clinical Practice:
AHCS Healthcare Science Clinical Physiology Register: Join The Register - The Academy For Healthcare Science (ahcs.ac.uk)
Clinical Physiology Equivalence Registration: RCCP Registration Platform.
** Please note: Clinical Exercise Physiologists can currently only apply via the equivalence route .
For more information on these routes, including their requirements, Please see the following documents.
* Please note that application guidance is now only relevant (from 18.07.23) for Equivalence applications, updated guidance will be available shortly. You cannot apply for student, graduate, upgrade to graduate, standard or return to practice on the RCCP registration platform.
Graduate and standard applications can be made through the AHCS portal. Join The Register - The Academy For Healthcare Science (ahcs.ac.uk) There will be a new student directory available on the AHCS platform shortly, giving students the option to move over to this system, activating the Upgrade to graduate option on course completion. For all return to practice enquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligibility will be based on a number of factors including relevant education (both academic and vocational), relevant clinical experience and dependent on the route through which you apply, the provision of satisfactory references.
If you are applying to be registered, you will need to sign a declaration to confirm that you will keep to the standards once you are registered. As a registrant, you are personally responsible for the way you behave. You will need to use your judgement so that you make informed and reasonable decisions and meet the standards. You must always be prepared to justify your decisions and actions. Making informed and reasonable decisions might include getting advice and support from colleagues, education providers, employers, professional bodies, trade unions or other people. In particular, we recognise the valuable role professional bodies play in representing and promoting the interests of their members. This often includes providing guidance and advice about good practice, which can help you meet the standards.
The Standards refer to : -
*Please note AHCS is publishing this interim update to the Standards of Proficiency for Healthcare Scientist Practitioners to facilitate the merging of the RCCP and AHCS Clinical Physiology part of the Register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. A fuller review of these standards will be taking place in summer/autumn 2023. There is no requirement for Academic Institutions to alter curricula in response to this update.
Please note that you can no longer apply for M Level (Postgraduate) Registration with RCCP
RCCP will no longer offer the M Level/Postgraduate option. Due to scheduled changes, current M Level Registrants will continue to have the status for the remainder of the registration year (April 30th 2022).
M level registration does not infer eligibility to register as a Clinical Scientist with the HCPC but acted as a mechanism to evidence further study in the chosen modality. Registrants with M level status often used the RCCP M Level mechanism as a starting point for the AHCS equivalence application process. RCCP registrants interested in applying for the higher level of registration are advised to consider applying for the Certificate of Equivalence via the Academy of Healthcare Science (AHCS).
The Certificate of Equivalence was introduced as an assessment pathway that allows clinical physiologists and practitioners in other healthcare science disciplines to demonstrate how their training, qualifications and/or considerable professional experience meets the level required for registration as a clinical scientist.
Successful completion of the Certificate of Equivalence allows a practitioner to apply for registration as a clinical scientist with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC).
For more information, please access the following link Equivalence - The Academy For Healthcare Science (ahcs.ac.uk).
Career Breaks and Non clinical practice relevant capacities