I don't know if this answers Tudor's post, it was explained to me a long time back, that companies who provide a service within an NHS establishment would need to have their tech's registered, i.e service engineers visiting hospitals or third party M.S.V. types based in a hospital.
If you work for a company, based at their own premises you would not need to be registered.
Don't know if this is true but it was a point put across by the Personnel Dept when I worked for one of those nasty M.S.V. companies.
My problem with this whole scenario relates to the Medical Physics / Medical Engineering thing.
I'm a Medical Engineer, work in Medical Engineering (EBME as we call it), and do not consider myself of having any links with Medical Physics.
I've done this for the past 16 years and it works for my liking, and it is also the normal practice in the area where I live.
I know there are associations the length and breadth of the UK where Med Phys and EBME are closely linked and everything is rosey in their garden.
I think the two jobs are different, the problem is that it is seen that somewhere in the food chain Medical Engineers must have a Clinical Scientist / Physicist as their "god".
I don't subscribe to this.
Let Med Phys do their thing and let Biomeds do their thing.
I have no interest in IPEM, don't feel it represents me, only wants to control me.
I don't have a problem with State Registration, if it develops the career of existing Biomeds, provides proper training and development of new and existing staff, limits the access to people proporting to be experienced in the biomed field to starting a position without validation and concentrates on the nature of the work we do.
"Clinical Technologist" is a term that has been developed to meet the "one size fits all" for pidgeon holing as seems to be the norm now in society (you only have to look at AfC, 8 Bands for 1,000,000 people - good fit)
Again a long time back it was put to me that they were thinking of adding suffixs to the registration, SRCT(Biomed)-SRCT(MedPhys)-SRCT(Renal), for example.
Maybe this would aleviate concerns if this was applied.
At least then I would know if I was talking to someone of the same mind-set as myself and if I looked at a training and education path for SRCT(Biomed) then it would be something in my field.
I must admit I took umberance when I first read Kevin's post but with further clarification I can see where he is coming from.