Here are the most recent documents concerning Surgical Care Practitioners from the Department of Health.
ACSA worked with a group of organisations to develop the National Curriculum Framework, which sets the minimum standard of training for this role. Many universities have adopted this to develop programmes with the standard moving towards Masters Level.
Regulation of Non-Medical Practitioners
The Foster Report was written after looking at the regulation of Non-Medical Practitioners. This report sets out the options for regulation and has triggered further investigation into this area. This report and the National Curriculum Framework states that at present all Surgical Care Practitioners should maintain their current registration with either the Health Professions Council or the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) has appealed for a response to the proposal of ‘Distributed Regulation’ for SCP’s. This means that essentially you will remain registered with either the NMC or HPC, but annotations will be added to your entry on the register once the agreed training and practice standards have been met. The registering body would investigate any issues around fitness to practice, but might need to give due regard to professional advice and assistance from the bodies involved with setting training and practice standards.