THE ASSOCIATION OF NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL SCIENTISTS

Changes to the IQIPS Accreditation Scheme

To present IQIPS has been hosted by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has managed and delivered the IQIPS assessments and accreditation. However from the 1st of April UKAS will take over hosting and management of the whole programme. The scheme will continue to work as usual; all existing registered services will continue to work towards the accreditation standards, however they will correspond directly with UKAS. Equally all new services will be referred directly to UKAS. Official confirmation of this and further information can be found in the following joint letter from RCP and UKAS.

 
Adrian Tearle
IQIPS Accreditation and Clinical Advisory Group representative for ANS

The ANS/Ambu® Clinical Physiologist and Student Award

Ambu ® are working alongside ANS to award a prize for:
Physiologist of the year and Student physiologist of the year
This award is in the form of a £1,000 prize to encourage any grade of physiologist who has ‘gone the extra mile’ at work. This can take any form, for example, improving patient satisfaction; improving patient/public participation; outreach and engaging with the potential future workforce (e.g. school/college/university healthcare science awareness days). Maybe they have set up a new service or a new way of delivering a service (e.g. one stop shop, home video-telemetry) or provided an outstanding teaching environment for the future workforce. £500 of the prize monies must be used for education purposes in the winner’s department and Ambu® will provide a £500 voucher (of the winners choice) to the winner for the remaining £500.
The award is open to all ANS members and the nomination process will open immediately. The successful applicant/s will be announced at the September meeting with a summary account to be submitted to JANS to share with the wider membership.
All applications will be passed to Sarah King at Ambu® where upon they will be anonymised and passed to ANS for judgement.

Would you like to stand for ANS Council?

All full members of the association are eligible to stand for election to ANS Council. It is enjoyable, and an excellent way of contributing to your personal and professional development. Standing for Council is one way in which you can become directly involved with opportunities to represent ANS at local and national levels, for example DoH (Department of Health), Academy of HCS (Academy of Healthcare Science), Science Council and OSET (International Organisation of Societies for Electrophysiological Technology); in addition to developing and maintaining our high professional standards. Council members need to be aware that in becoming an officer of the professional body, they will be committing their own/employer’s time to attend council meetings and participate in projects on behalf of Council. It is advisable that you have the support of your line manager before making such an undertaking. There are 4 council meetings per year, and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed for attendance. For more information contact Joanna Matthews, Hon. ANS Secretary at this email.

Nominations for Council members must be in the names of two full members of the Association and the nominee must sign his/her willingness to stand. Please also include an up-to-date CV.

Messages

An important message from RCCP that everyone in the field are likely to be interested in. 

Due to the national shortage of our workforce and the limited throughput of the new PTP entry-level training course, ANS have written to Prof Sue Hill CSO to ask for support with workforce planning and have recommended some actions. 
A copy of this letter is available on the members section of the website by logging in and visiting the Newsletter page.
Peter Bill (Chair, ANS)

Yesterday morning’s edition of The Times (22 February) included an interview with Belinda about the science profession, Scientists ‘should take ethics oath like doctors’.

This was based on similar arguments put forward in a blogpost, which we originally wrote in response to the Ipsos Mori 2015 Trust in Professions research, but held back when the Times interview seemed likely to go ahead. We have also published this blogpost, If trust in science falls, society suffers, as the Times article will be behind a paywall.

This coverage is part of the Science Council’s work to increase the profile of registration and the need for it, winning the kind of opinion formers and policy makers that read The Times to starting to think about asking for registration when procuring or awarding research grants or commissions research projects.

Belinda Phipps.

Chief Executive, The Science Council.

Berne Ferry

Food for thought for all HCS, not just pathology colleagues.@girlymicro @NSHCS @RCPath @WendyT_99 @LisaAyers12345twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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ANS

Newly published guidelines about using Social Media and meeting the @The_HCPC professional standards. twitter.com/The_HCPC/statu…

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Investigating #Sleep is just one of the ways a Clinical Neurophysiology Scientist uses #EEG #HCS #neuro twitter.com/sciencemuseum/…

ILAE BRITISH CHAPTER

Programme finalised! ILAE British Chapter 4th Clinical Epilepsy Course for Junior Doctors - mailchi.mp/04fb8c733f30/j…

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BCH_Neurophysiology

New #BSCN president Adrian Fowle takes over from Nick Kane #neurophysiology pic.twitter.com/caNsMWCJkJ

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Notice regarding CSci and M-Level Applications

Dear ANS member,

Registration advice and application for CSci and M Level registration can be found on the RCCP website.

Please follow the link below to visit the appropriate page.

ANS Contacts who are able to provide assistance are:

ANS Standalone Exams

Applications are now open for the ANS standalone exams.  Please click one of the buttons below to open the application form and read the instructions on submitting the application. 

Please be aware that potential students should seek the advice of their work based assessor (WBA) before they register for the scheme.

ANS are proud to launch two new standalone examinations. They offer greater flexibility in the training scheme while maintaining the same high standards appropriate for the professional body. 

A mentor will be assigned to all applicants to provide support in the development of the portfolio (containing work-based evidence). This is followed by a final practical competency exam

The two new exams will be for EEG and NCS/EP and are individually driven and arranged as required.

Costs

  • ANS members £500
  • Non-ANS members £695

For further information on these new exams please contact Opens window for sending emailAnn Harvey (Chair of Exams) or Opens window for sending emailPeter Walsh (Chair of Education).

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UniMed have generously sponsored this £500 Prize award to encourage graduates to present their final year dissertation at an ANS Scientific meeting or Conference, and also to publish in JANS.  Please choose the DOCX version if you wish to type into the form. 

More information can be obtained from the Hon. Secretary, Joanna Matthews.


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