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Professional Registration

We are currently looking at membership categories. The SVT implemented an accreditation process in its early days that ensures the achievement and maintenance of high standards of diagnostic vascular investigations. There are currently 285 accredited vascular scientists. There is evidence that some persons without accreditation have claimed that by being an ordinary member of SVT they are fully qualified and accredited and have therefore misrepresented themselves. We are therefore looking at re-defining the categories to make it is obvious as possible when someone possesses full accreditation. Any accredited member who fails to keep up their continuing professional development will be removed from the register. We are encouraging locum agencies and employers to carefully check the status of new employees.

There are sonographers and others who are not involved with SVT who perform some vascular scans in the UK. We need to be realistic that these people are practising and help them to engage with the high standards that SVT espouse. It is hoped that a new associate membership category will bring such people into the SVT fold in some associate capacity. This would give them access to the latest protocols produced by the SVT’s Professional Standards Committee in a relationship which will benefit them, the Society and patients by helping to improve standards and ensure improved consistency.

In the absence of a single definitive register, there are four registers exist which SVT members can be part of (see below).


  1. The Society for Vascular Technology of Great Britain and Ireland Voluntary Register
  2. The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  3. Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP)
  4. Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS)

The Society for Vascular Technology of Great Britain and Ireland Voluntary Register

The SVT keeps a voluntary register for Accredited Vascular Scientists (AVS) which is accessible through the SVT website

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The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Vascular scientists who have completed their STP training can apply for HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist. Some Vascular Scientists came to the profession as existing Clinical Scientists & are on the register. Other vascular scientists can apply through the “equivalence” process for the title Clinical Scientist. The Academy for Healthcare Science (the healthcare science equivalent of the Medical Royal Colleges) is working with SVT to use some of the work done to achieve AVS to replace some of the elements required to achieve equivalence.  Clinical Scientist is a protected title.

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Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP)

A voluntary registration scheme which comes with an assurance that registrants have the highest standards of education and training and that no serious concerns have been raised with us about their work.

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Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS)


In September 2017, the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) was delighted to announce that endorsement had been received from the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) to extend the AHCS Accredited Register to include a Register for Clinical Physiologists.

The Clinical Physiologist register sits within the overall AHCS regulatory framework, alongside Higher Specialist Scientist, Healthcare Science Practitioner and Medical Illustrator parts of the register.  By joining the AHCS Accredited Register, an individual shows commitment to maintaining standards of education, competence and conduct and provides assurance for employers, patients and the public.

Professional Standards Authority accreditation means that the Academy has met the Authority’s demanding standards of governance, including standards setting, education and training, management of the register, provision of information to registrants and handling any complaints or concerns raised about a registrant.


AHCS Clinical Physiologists Register - How to Apply

To apply for the AHCS Clinical Physiologists register you MUST have up to date AVS registration.

Please contact the membership secretary to request admission to the register. By requesting admission you are giving permission for us to share your details. You MUST NOT apply  directly via the AHCS website.  

The membership secretary will check your AVS is up to date and submit your details to the AHCS.

Once entered on the register you will receive an email from the Academy to complete the registration process and complete the declarations. Once completed payment will be triggered.


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