"It never ceases to amaze me how innovative assistant practitioners can be"

Published: 17 May 2016 Ezine

Author: Louise Coleman, Professional Officer for Education and Accreditation

There are currently 377 accredited assistant practitioners and many are due to re-accredit this year. They’ll be submitting 12 pieces of CPD evidence related mostly to their scope of practice. 

From the applications I’ve reviewed over the last two years, it’s clear to see that assistant practitioners are passionate about their role and most importantly, about the quality of the service they deliver to the patients they treat. 

It never ceases to amaze me how innovative assistant practitioners can be in in their mission to improve the quality of the patient experience.

Of course they don’t all record reflective CPD in isolation. They are frequently aided and supported in their CPD by their managers, union learning (and other) representatives, radiographers and of course other accredited assistant practitioners. 

Many work on their CPD together and this helps to create a learning culture within the department, which in turn has benefits for patients and service delivery.

Becoming accredited isn’t about ticking boxes and recording just enough to satisfy the reviewers.

It’s really about demonstrating a desire to carry on learning, improving and developing. 

So, when an assistant practitioner informs you that they’ve just been re-accredited, remember that they’ve demonstrated reflective practice that has sought to make a difference to the day-to-day running of the department and they and are now quite possibly the CPD experts in the department.

Making sure your accredited assistant practitioners renew their accreditation is very important.

If an accredited assistant practitioner fails to renew their accreditation after repeated prompts we have no alternative other than to amend the membership category to health care assistant.

This has serious implications for the member’s professional indemnity insurance (PII) as cover would be limited to those tasks within the remit of a healthcare assistant (such as clerical and administrative duties, patient care and preparation) but would not indemnify the member to undertake some aspects of assistant practice, including (but not limited to) the irradiation of a patient.

We would make every effort to contact and advise the member before any such changes to membership status were made.

Click here for more information about assistant practitioner accreditation. 

Click here for the accredited assistant practitioner register.