The Education committee are able to announce that the "ANS/BSCN Guidelines for Neurophysiological Recordings of the Spinal Cord during Corrective Spinal Deformity Surgery"
are now available.
These guidelines were developed by an advisory board, consisting of leading centres in the UK who perform IOM, and seeks to recommend guidelines that are relevant to current and future practice, so that evidence based clinical practice can be carried out by competent medical and physiological staff trained in this speciality.
Further, ANS and BSCN have now published further guidelines to Safety Guidelines for Video EEG Telemetry investigation and also Guidelines for Hyperventilation During EEG Recordings.
The BSCN/ANS Joint National Audit Group will be launching three further National Audits in autumn 2013. The topics will be:
Following the excellent response to the first round of projects in 2011/12 we are hoping that centres will continue to enthusiastically support this venture and contribute patients. A meeting to present the results of the projects is planned for October 2014.
If you have not heard from us already and you would like to participate then please contact Catherine Pang (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that your centre can be added to the mailing list. We ask that you nominate one Audit Lead for your centre (either senior or junior medical or physiologist staff member) who will become the main point of contact with the national audit group.
If you know of other centres who would like to participate please pass this information on to them.
CSci applications and the M-Level Register is now open. Application forms and guidance to apply for CSci (and the RCCP M-Level register) is available on the RCCP website now.
Congratulations to Kelly St. Pier who has been interviewed for the CSci website and now appears on their front pages. Read her story and experiences here.
Kelly has also been busy and has been interviewed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
For application enquires please contact Kelly St Pier on 020 7405 9200 ext 1466. She can be emailed on kelly DOT stpier AT gosh DOT nhs DOT uk
The following ANS members have been successfully awarded Chartered Scientist status (CSci) and now sit on the Chartered Scientists Register:
Anne Burge, Sara Callen, Fiona Cave, Evadne Cookman, Joanne Horrocks, Nigel Hudson, Kelly St Pier, Ann Harvey
Improving Quality in Physiological Diagnostic Services (Neurophysiology component) is now open.
For those who were involved in the epilepsy12 programme ANS have been sent a letter which will be of interest.
The RCCP continue to lobby Parliament to ensure the public are protected from technicians working without the appropriate skills. ANS wish to publicise that there is no statutory regulation for Clinical Physiologists in the UK. Although the voluntary register has merit, ANS and RCCP are calling for compulsory registration for all Clinical Physiologists working in your NHS.
RCCP are still working hard on our behalf to push through statutory regulation of Clinical Physiologists in the United Kingdom.
The work YOU have done already has been invaluable but we need to maintain the pressure on our local MPs in order for them to let government understand our feelings.
We understand how busy individuals are in all specialities so ANS have written a script to write the letter on your behalf. There is an opportunity to personalise the letter before it is printed out.
No personal information will be saved by the ANS server or by ANS.
Workforce Review 2011
This tool is designed to identify the national picture of our service demands in order to profile our requirement for training. As you know MSC is pushing forward. As Neurophysiology has not historically had a Scientist training scheme we want to make sure DH understand how many of our workforce currently work at this level. This will be the information we then present to commission future training places at STP level and upwards. It is therefore extremely important that this information is filled in accurately for all departments across the country. I would like to thank you all for your help with this project.
Peter Bill, January 2011