Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly well used training route for healthcare professionals. They offer structured training with an employer and lead to nationally recognised qualifications and are open to anyone from the age of 16. By employing an apprentice, the employer can access the Apprenticeship Levy funds to fund the apprentice’s education. Note this does not include salary. There are a number of apprenticeship relevant to Medical physics and clinical engineering including the L2 Healthcare Science Assistant, L4 Healthcare Science associate and the L6 Healthcare Science practitioner Integrated degree.
A trailblazer comprising several Trusts and Higher Education Institutes have created a Level 7 Clinical Scientist Apprenticeship standards, which will become available for delivery once an end Point Assessment Organisation for this standard is approved and added to the register. IPEM are in the process of applying for recognition, but to achieve this will involve a requirement to be regulated by Ofqual.
Short Course Approval
In 2021, IPEM approved 4 new courses and renewed approval of 3 courses that can be used as CPD activity for professionals. Approval is an independent audit process which grants recognition by IPEM. This process offers IPEM’s seal of approval to help members identify a valuable and useful course. We frequently post updates and dates for your diary in the newsletter and through IPEM’s social media, please follow @ipemnews to ensure you don’t miss an update.
The new Undergraduate level accreditation framework is available, and we are now taking accreditation applications. The aim of IPEM accreditation is to offer a kite-mark of learned society and professional body approval, both of educational level and delivery and of content consistent with supporting the education of aspiring professionals. Accreditation is governed by IPEM’s Course Accreditation Committee (CAC), with the master’s level accreditation successfully in operation since 2014. There are currently 14 accredited MSc’s, one of which is an international programme at the University of Malaya. In 2020, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the CAC and assessors participated in their first ever virtual accreditation visit with the University of Malaya, which was very successful. IPEM’s accreditation via the Engineering Council Accreditation Board has seen the re-accreditation of the University of Cambridge, and City University London’s programmes, both as virtual visits. We will be participating in accreditation visits alongside other professional engineering institutions to Swansea University, Hull University and Queen Mary University London in 2022.
Part II Training Scheme
The Clinical Technologist Training Scheme offers a robust, externally validated education and training framework for clinical technologists. The scheme has recently been updated to coincide with the national occupational standards that have been updated for nuclear medicine. There were 36 new trainees who enrolled on the scheme during the year and the next intake is in April 2022. Graduates of the scheme are eligible to apply for RCT registration, followed by Full Membership of IPEM, which will afford them additional valuable benefits in relation to their IPEM membership and will aid their career progression.
Please see the relevant web pages if you are planning to apply for the next trainee intake, would like to apply to become an accredited training centre, or would like to apply to become a moderator for the training scheme.
Please feel free to get in touch with us to discuss further.
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