Notice of Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 14 April 2021 from 12:00pm until 2:00pm.
Details will follow to our members on how to join this meeting.
Science Council launches Diversity and Inclusion Progression Framework 2.0 – The Science Council
The aim of the Framework is to support professional bodies to: Track performance and progress on D&I against four levels of good practice, where level one is the starting point and level four the highest level of good practice.
Following voting, there were two photos which stood out. As a result, two winners have been announced.
Claire Bracey and Emily Pinto both win £100.
Did you know we are producing videos in order to help keep you up to date? Once you are logged in to this website head over to the Membership > Resources and Member Benefits > Presentations page to view the list of videos and passwords.
Update on the ANS Standalone Exams
We are now in a position to offer Standalone EEG exams. These will be undertaken using a virtual platform set up by the host department.
If you are currently awaiting an EEG exam, or are planning one in the near future, please contact me to discuss the new arrangements and set a date.
Please be aware we do now have a backlog, but will endeavour to undertake exams as soon as we can.
Any queries please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recognising the vital role of healthcare scientists, clinical physiologists and technologists
The RCP has today published a statement outlining the vital, and often under-appreciated, role of healthcare scientists, clinical physiologists and technologists in delivering excellent patient care.
It points to the key contributions this workforce has made in tackling the first COVID-19 wave, and will continue to make as we face the likelihood of a second COVID-19 wave on top of normal winter pressures.
CPO Medicines Mechanism Consultation
A scoping project was undertaken in 2015 by NHS England which looked at the need for some regulated health professions to supply, administer and prescribe medicines to their patients. The report of the project made a number of recommendations, and the Chief Professions Officers’ Medicines Mechanisms (CPOMM) programme of work started in April 2017 to take forward the recommendations.
We are leading UK-wide consultations on proposals to change the medicines responsibilities enabling biomedical scientists and clinical scientists to supply and administer medicines using patient group directions.
The proposals share the same aim, to make it more convenient and safer for patients to get the medicines they need at the time and place when they need them. This will reduce the need for appointments with additional health professionals just to receive the medicines needed, which often results in unnecessary delays to the start of treatment.
The consultations will run from 15 October 2020 to 10 December 2020.
Diagnostics Review and Recovery – Professor Sir Mike Richards
The need for radical investment and reform of diagnostic services was recognised at the time the NHS Long Term Plan was published in 2019.1 This report, commissioned by NHS England at that time, alongside a review of adult screening services, was nearing publication before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. However, while the recommendations made pre-pandemic still stand, additional actions will be needed to deliver safe, high quality diagnostic services in an endemic phase of the disease and to support the recovery of diagnostic services.
The NHS People Plan
The online version of the plan can be viewed at the NHS England website.
However, if you would prefer a printed version, this can be downloaded here (via the NHS England website).
Virtual Common Rooms – staff health and wellbeing
Please read the attached briefing letter regarding the new Health and Wellbeing service being made available to our NHS Healthcare Scientists.
This service will be live from Monday 3rd August.
Below is the link to the special edition VOX newsletter referred to within the letter.
Academy for Healthcare Science and Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists Joint Statement
Working towards closer collaboration. Important information for anyone with an interest in the regulation of our profession. Read the document here.
Coronavirus Information Resources
ANS provide these links in good faith that they are a reliable resource for information relating to the current crisis.
ANS Scientific Meeting Presentations
Over the coming weeks we will be showcasing some of our presentations to our members. These will be from the Autumn 2019 Scientific Meeting in Alton Towers. Here is a taster…
Further videos from ANS Scientific Meetings will be available to ANS members only. For information about joining please visit the Membership page.
As the spread of Covid-19 takes a grip across the nation we are all seeing an escalation in the tension and the uncertainty as to what our professional role in this pandemic will be. Some services are ‘carrying on as normal’, offering in-patient services to help free beds and capacity, other departments have been turned into outlying wards for the treatment of patients; other services have had their staff re-trained and up-skilled, ready to be re-deployed as assistants on the wards to help cover the duties of healthcare assistants and nursing staff, whilst others have been trained to offer support and assistance to intensive care and high dependency facilities. This is a testament to the flexibility and professionalism of our workforce that we are able to adapt and to help other disciplines and services to overcome this crisis.
The challenges that we face as individuals will vary from day to day and from region to region as the effects of the ‘lockdown’ and self-isolation will undoubtedly influence different areas at different times, as this pandemic passes through the country. The advice that is given to each department will also vary at a regional and local level and I encourage each person to adhere to their own local policies and procedures given out by their Trusts during this time.
Guidance as to some of the new roles and responsibilities that we may be expected to fulfil by our Trusts have been produced by ‘NHS England and NHS Improvement’
Deploying the healthcare science workforce to support the NHS clinical delivery plan for COVID-19
At this difficult time there will obviously be ambiguity and uncertainty, that will cause stress and anxiety to ourselves, our families and to our colleagues, particularly if we are placed in unfamiliar working environments to work within teams that we do not usually work alongside.
However, this is an opportunity for us to show what a capable and adaptable profession we are, we can demonstrate our understanding and compassion to our fellow healthcare professionals, and we can show that whatever the challenges are that we face, we are able to overcome them, to ensure the best continued care to the patients that we are looking after: in whatever capacity.
Self-isolation and social distancing can be a difficult setting to get used to, especially at a time when our usual professional routines have also become disrupted. As we have seen in the national media though, this can be a time when we can reach out to those that we have lost contact with by using different communication tools.
ANS already host Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms. So, if you already use them, please let your fellow members know what you are up to; share with us your thoughts, concerns and triumphs, others will undoubtedly be feeling the same way too. Remember;
“It is OK to not feel OK.”
If you are not signed up to these platforms, maybe give it a go for the duration of the crisis, this will enable you to be part of our wider community, so that we can all share our collective experiences. If you find that you have got more time available to yourself think about finishing that case study you started, finish that audit that you always wanted to finish, share with others within ANS what you are doing to get these completed, they may have a bit more time to help now too…
But whatever you do Stay Safe.
NHS Tariff Engagement
I am writing from the NHS England and NHS Improvement pricing team to inform you that this morning (Monday 4 November) we published the tariff engagement document Key areas of work for the 2020 national tariff. This document is the latest part of the engagement work we have been undertaking since the summer on the 2020 national tariff and sets out some of the most notable policy areas we are currently considering, with a particular focus on blended payments. The document also reflects updates to policies that were presented in the tariff engagement workshops and webinars in August and September 2019, primarily changes to the blended payment approaches for maternity and outpatients and moving to pilot an approach for adult critical care, rather than proposing to mandate it. We would very much appreciate your feedback on the proposals set out in the document via this online survey. The deadline for submitting the survey is the end of 18 November 2019. We apologise for the short notice. If you have already provided feedback following the workshops and webinars, please feel free to refer to your previous submissions in your responses. We will consider carefully all feedback, both from the survey and from the workshops, ahead of the statutory consultation on the 2020/21 National Tariff Payment System. We intend to launch the consultation following the 12 December general election. Further information on the tariff engagement process can be found on our website here. If you have any queries regarding the document and consultation please contact us at email@example.com.
Getting It Right First Time in the NHS
Is your department aware of the ‘new’ drive for NHS improvement? More details will appear on the IQIPS page of this site. In the meantime, please visit the NHS improvement website.
Applications for CSci Registrations Open
ANS are pleased to announce that registrations are open for The Science Council’s application process. Visit the Careers page for guidance notes and application forms.
Tariff Update – Ros Kandler
The draft tariff for 19/20 has finally been published and changes to it are now quite unlikely. The initial Neurophysiology tariff based on Trusts’ reference costs was unfavourable. However following discussion, NHSI and NHSE have accepted that these costs were inaccurate and agreed to maintain our previous prices. The delay in publication of the tariff was caused by stalling for the announcement of the ‘NHS billions’ and as you will see some of this extra funding has slightly improved our tariffs for next year so worth the wait!
There was an opportunity to apply for new OPCS codes this year. These are very hard to obtain but the following requests were made: MSLT, MWT, Actigraphy, Ambulatory EEG, EMG guided procedures (i.e. for Botox) and separate codes for each of the Evoked Potentials. We are still awaiting a final decision on these from the NHS Coding and Classifications Service but it looks as though at least some of the applications have been provisionally approved but this will be confirmed over the coming months.
NHSI and NHSE are keen to include Intracranial telemetry in the national tariff (at present it is excluded). Unfortunately reference costs are wildly out of line with the real cost of the procedures and so we have requested the investigation to remain excluded. I have asked some colleagues around the country to help establish a realistic national tariff by providing information on their locally negotiated prices as this could inform the process rather than relying on poor reference costs. So far no-one has provided me with any information. It is really in everyone’s interest to get this right to avoid the possibility of an unrealistically low tariff being imposed. Please could anyone performing this procedure get in touch with even the roughest of estimates (Rosalind.firstname.lastname@example.org).
There is no further movement on the possible unbundling of physiological measurement procedures.
- Ros Kandler
Chair, Expert Working Group Neurosciences Chapter
National Casemix Office