Accredited registers update
George Jenkins, the Authority's Chair with Philip Dunne MP and Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive of RSPH at the launch of the report.
Untapped Resources – our joint report with the Royal Society of Public Health launched in October
We published our joint report Untapped Resources - Accredited Registers in the Wider Workforce in October. It is based on a survey of more than 4,500 practitioners in the current Accredited Registers (AR) workforce. The survey showed that while 89 per cent of the workforce considered ‘promoting the public’s health’ to be part of their role, three-quarters feel under-utilised in doing so.
Untapped Resources makes several important recommendations including:
- Better signposting to and between health teams to create and regularly update a list of services to disseminate this to AR practitioners
- AR practitioners to have the authority to make referrals, in appropriate cases, thereby reducing the burden on GP surgeries
- ARs to consider introducing a standardised health assessment tool to be used with new patients.
Our focus now turns to raising awareness of the report and its recommendations.
Our CEO, Harry Cayton, visits Hong Kong
We have been advising the Hong Kong Government on their introduction of an Accredited Registers programme for over three years and first visited in September 2014. The programme is run by the Chinese University of Hong Kong on behalf of the Hong Kong Government.
During our 2014 visit, we explained how the UK programme was created and had since evolved.
Our CEO, Harry Cayton, visited Hong Kong again at the end of November 2017 to review the University’s progress. Prior to the visit, we also completed a review of their documentation and gave them feedback which will help them as they move forward.
Harry Cayton was a guest of the Department of Health on his recent visit to Hong Kong where he is advising the Chinese University on the establishment of an accredited registers programme. He is seen here with government officials and the chairs of the boards on the Supplementary Medical Professions Council.
Thus far, the University has piloted accreditation for one profession (speech therapists) and is currently working towards the assessment of more registers.
We reported on the Hong Kong pilot in our summer 2017 newsletter, where you can find out more.
Accredited Registers: key stats for the year
Read a round-up of key stats for the Accredited Registers programme in our 2017 infographic.