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Medical Technology (MedTech) and Healthcare

In August 2014, NHS England announced a review into how personnel in the Life Sciences industry are authorised to access primary and secondary care settings – a process referred to as ‘credentialing’.

The work had dual purpose: ensuring safety of patients and staff, and maximising the quality and efficiency of NHS-industry interaction.

The EduQual Awards Access to Operating Theatres and Access to Hospitals have been developed in consultation with HC Skills International, a leading provider of compliance-driven, competence-based MedTech training programmes in the UK.

Cogent Skills, the employer-led skills body for the UK Science sector have confirmed that these qualification have been successfully mapped to the ‘National Occupational Standards’ (NOS) owned by a variety of sector skills councils.

Learners employed by globally-recognised medical companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Smith and Nephew, Pentax, Cochlear and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare have been awarded these qualifications and as such, are permitted to join any of the recognised credentialing schemes in the UK, such as Whoareyou, Reptrax (IntelliCentrics – Secure) and the Medical Industry Accredited (MIA) service.

A new accredited credentialing register for Life Sciences sector staff has recently been established. To be registered, and to remain on the register, registrants must be able to demonstrate that they are ‘fit to practice’, i.e. registrants must possess the skills, knowledge, character and capacity to carry out their role safely and effectively throughout their career, whilst interacting with the NHS and where appropriate, the wider healthcare system.

To demonstrate fitness to practice, registrants must meet certain standards of proficiency such as in conduct and continuing personal and professional development. We believe our qualifications in Access to Operating Theatres and Access to Hospitals accurately reflect these standards of proficiency.