I begin my report by firstly clearing up the term regulation; in order to put things into perspective, a definition is required. The term 'Regulation': 'noun, rule or directive made and maintained by an authority’. 1
In my report I will try to explain how the profession; Audiologist or Hearing Aid Dispensers are regulated, the main rules in accordance to regulation and how it affects you, as a student/applicant or a professional/registrant. Also I will briefly talk about other "bodies" involved with Audiology and how they differ between each other.
Firstly, in Great Britain, it is the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council), who are currently responsible for 16 autonomous professions including Audiologists/ Hearing Aid Dispensers and many others. Regulation from the HCPC ensures that standards are set, enabling an efficient healthcare service that abides by the requirements set by the HCPC. Also set by the HCPC are standards of conduct, performance and ethics. This is done by maintaining health, wellbeing and safety of patients, by endorsing standards and gaining necessary trust of the public in relation to Audiology and those availing themselves to Health & Care professionals.
In order to attain this bench mark, a number of rules have been applied and are standard procedures the HCPC specify for all Health & Care Professionals. In order to work with a protected title, one must register with the HCPC. Many checks are made by the ensuring the individual has complied with the specified standards :
Character: Applicant/Student: the character of every applicant must be checked, this
ensures the applicant is able to work safely and efficiently. This also means action can take place if a registrant’s character begins to become somewhat a concern and their ability to work efficiently is inhibited.
When a professional registered with the HCPC is convicted or cautioned, HCPC will be informed via the police. This suggests that in order to stay on the register the registrant needs to think about ethical and moral issues associated with their actions and practices.
A character reference is also needed from an applicant, in which it needs to be signed by a person who is 'of professional standing in the community; this being a doctor a solicitor a rabbi, etc. 2
Health: Applicant/Student: the health of every applicant must be checked, this therefore ensuring the applicant has a certain aptitude and is is able to work safely and efficiently in their chosen profession. If an applicant believes that their health can affect their ability to practice in a safe and efficient manner, then it then that it needs to be declared to the HCPC. The HCPC then decides whether the applicant should be registered or not.
This also means action can be made if a registrant’s health begins to become somewhat a concern and their ability to work efficiently is inhibited. 3
Disability or a long term condition is generally considered as an inhibitor to work efficiently. But if the...