Roy said:- “So for people with no qualifications, who haven't registered yet and hence are after the August 2001 deadline, there is no route onto the voluntary register”

Another incorrect statement! To satisfy the argument Roy only provided an extract of the VRCT entry criteria in his post. Yes, there are different criteria to be applied to those appointed on or after the 1 August 2001 (which I mentioned in my post). However, all appointed to a Clinical Technologist post before that date do not need to provide evidence of qualification! Thus those long serving technicians with no qualifications, of whom Roy was concerned (I will assume that long serving means more than three years), are eligible to join the register.

To help those who may be now totally confused, the full criteria for eligibility to join the Register are reprinted below. May I urge all who wish to joint to read the information carefully? Application forms are available from the IPEM, ART or IIE websites.

“The primary criterion for entry onto the Voluntary Register is as follows:

Successful completion of the Training Scheme for Clinical Technologists specialising in Physics and Engineering in Health Care organised by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

Grandparenting Provision
Alternatively, candidates may apply through the Grandparenting provision. The criteria for entry onto the Voluntary Register through Grandparenting provision are as follows:-

1. There must be evidence of employment in a technical role involving work in health care areas such as medical physics, clinical engineering, medical equipment maintenance or medical equipment manufacturing, or, biological science, physical science or engineering related to health care within an academic institution, and,

2. There must be evidence of not less than three years work experience in a technical role (as in 1 above) including at least two years appropriate, formal in-service training provided by a suitable organisation, or, in lieu of the formal in-service training, evidence of not less than four years relevant work experience, or, registration as an Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician.

All individuals who meet the conditions of the Grandparenting provision and who were in post on 31 July 2000 qualify for entry onto the Voluntary Register. All who were in post on 31 July 2000 and who did not meet the conditions of the second point of the Grandparenting provision will be eligible for inclusion on the Voluntary Register once all of the conditions of the second point have been met. All who were employed between 1 August 2000 and 31 July 2001 will be deemed eligible to join the Voluntary Register once they have met the conditions of the second point of the Grandparenting provision. The criteria for provision for entry onto the Voluntary Register for those appointed on or after 1 August 2001 are as follows:

1. There must be evidence of a pass at BTEC Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma or Degree or NVQ/SVQ Level 3 in an appropriate subject, or, an equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject.

2. There must be evidence of not less than three years work experience in a technical role including at least two years appropriate, formal in-service training provided by a suitable organisation, or, in lieu of the formal in-service training, evidence of not less than four years relevant work experience, or, registration as an Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician.

3. There must be evidence of employment in health care, working unsupervised, within medical physics, clinical engineering, medical equipment maintenance or medical equipment manufacturing, or, biological science, physical science or engineering related to health care within an academic institution.”