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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for applied biomedical science students

Published: 12 Jun 2020

Guide for final year students accepted onto the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) temporary register on how they can support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

12 Jun 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for applied biomedical science students

This guidance has been endorsed for use in Scotland by the Healthcare Science Officer and the Scottish Terms and Conditions Committee.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the HCPC has worked with the UK Government to create a COVID-19 temporary register for specific groups. Under new legislation passing through Parliament, the HCPC will have emergency powers to enable students in the final six months of their undergraduate programme to join a temporary register allowing them to take up practice in a laboratory.  The intention of this is to ensure there are no regulatory barriers in utilising these groups to practice and support laboratory services on a temporary basis. 

As part of the Applied Biomedical Scientist degree programme students complete the IBMS Certificate of Competence registration portfolio which demonstrates that students have met the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Biomedical Scientists. This is done through a combination of academic qualifications and clinical laboratory training. The students who have completed their clinical laboratory placement will be considered for the COVID-19 temporary register. Students are being asked to opt in to an arrangement whereby you move in to laboratory practice during this emergency period These measure could make a valuable contribution and help NHS Scotland laboratory services in these challenging times. If you decide to go into practice you will be a trainee Biomedical scientist on the temporary register and deployed to an NHS Scotland laboratory.  The title 'Biomedical Scientist' is legally protected and if you decide to go into practice you will need to meet the HCPC Standards of conduct, performance and ethics and the Standards of proficiency for your profession (as far as they relate to your current scope of practice).

There is no obligation for students to take up practice and the appearance of your name on the temporary register does not mean you are required to take up practice.