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What makes us think that IPEM is no longer interested in new registrants? Have they enough already, then? What do they plan to do with them ... publish the list (of names) on the internet? Surely any professional society needs to grow in size? Or else, it must rest on it laurels, whither on the vine ... and decline into obscurity. Perhaps that's the plan! smile


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Well when I first joined the NHS, IPEM was all they talked about, if you were to join a society that was the one to go for, where before I joined the NHS I'd never heard of IPEM. Quite a few jobs in the NHS you'd only hear of on their website. Since about two years they don't seem to be as active as they were, where as the IET have been taking more interest in the medical engineering sector and producing various drives to increase membership.

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As I may have mentioned before, in years gone by I myself was a member of a few of these august bodies. SERT, for instance, used to churn out quite a useful journal, as I recall.

But, having seen the light and realised that they were all really just a waste of money, I binned the whole lot (it must have been about twenty years ago now).

Personally, I am dead against such "requirements" as a pre-requisite for employment. It all smacks of the "closed shop" mentality to me, and I doubt that it would stand up to legal scrutiny. After all, if it's illegal to turn someone down on grounds of religion, gender, political leanings, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age (forgive me if I've missed anything out here ... I wouldn't want to offend anyone), then how can any potential employer turn you away for not having paid your £ 30 (or whatever it is)?

We're hardly talking about the Royal College of Surgeons et al here, after all. smile


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If anything at the moment there really isn't such "requirements" since the VRCT is voluntary and any mentions of memberships of professional societies are desirable not mandatory. If anything other industries have requirements just think of Part P for the building trade so I doubt there would be any legal issues.

If anything for a lot of people the choice of professional body will often come down to who has the best publication and member benefits which unfortunately for IPEM the IET wins hands down with it's services including the online library. (and of course your free cup of tea or coffee if your passing Savoy Place smirk )

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If I were thirty-five years younger, and therefore (perhaps) "in the market" to join a professional body, then the IET would appear to be a serious contender.

I can't help thinking, though, that now we have the internet, the main use of such organisations (for me, often overseas back then, it was usually just the publication, as you mention) has been rendered null and void to a certain extent.

Oh, yes, things have taken a bit of a dive, I reckon, since the sad demise of the S.X-Ray.T (Cheers, Keith)!

I certainly won't be joining any more of these gangs now. And I'm already in the "Friendly Club" (... that's the Camping and Caravanning Club, for those who may not know)! smile


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Has Eddie considered IET membership instead then? It might be that he can find IET sponsors easier than IPEM ones.

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Not sure about that ... but I reckon I could get him in to the C&CC.


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That might be funny if I knew what the C&CC was Geoff rolleyes

Chris, I am already a member of IEEE and I always thought that that would cover me professionally? The only reason I was looking to IPEM was that it "appeared" to be a necessity to employment in the NHS? Not that I intend to return any time soon, but maybe one day hey! The only reason I'm shouting about it now is that the IPEM arrogance has really got my goat! mad IPEM sorry guys but you are the most arrogant unprofessional time wasters I have ever had the misfortune to deal with! Hang your heads in shame! There, now that feels better smirk

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If you've got any sense, you'll never return to this country, Eddie. Believe me Mate, you're far better off out of it. frown

The only "positive spin" I can bring myself to put on the state of affairs we find ourselves in is that the so-called socialists, liberal do-gooders, and all the rest of the Turkey Army will be happy now how that the whole world is indeed becoming as one ... yes, the third world!

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And I'm already in the "Friendly Club" (... that's the Camping and Caravanning Club, for those who may not know)!

... including you, it would seem.


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Some people go all out to achieve a professional qualification but eventually after getting the "professional" qualification, they failed to practise what they so desired to do.

I guess it is about Plan A, Plan B, etc.


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