The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) receives enquiries from sonographer members as to whether they need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) if they are solely performing ultrasound examinations.
The sonographer will often have trained originally as a radiographer, but this is also relevant to those members who trained, for example, as a nurse or midwife and are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The SCoR expects those members who are able to register with the HCPC, or other regulatory body such as the NMC, to do so. It accepts, however, that ‘sonographer’ is not yet a statutorily regulated protected title and that statutory registration is impossible for some sonographers to achieve. This may be due to their original professional background, or the fact that they were direct entrants to sonography training either overseas or in the UK.
The rationale for this is as follows:
The Society and College of Radiographers will continue to support the case for the statutory registration of sonographers, as has been its policy for many years.
Health Education England will be submitting an application to the Department of Health to re-make the case for statutory registration in early 2018. Information about current government policy is on the HCPC website. Sonographers had been previously recommended for statutory registration by the HCPC in 2009 but this did not progress.
Statutory registration is likely to become desirable or a requirement for advanced practice and consultant posts.
The Public Voluntary Register of Sonographers
Sonographers and HCPC registration renewal/CPD audit Includes frequently asked questions.