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Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions put together around the registration of Sonographers and how it links to the Radiographer protected title


  • Yes. Ultrasound examinations are considered to be within the scope of practise of a registered radiographer and the HCPC recognises that a registrant's scope can change and evolve as they move through their career.

  • Yes. The HCPC recognises that a radiographer's extended scope of practice as a sonographer may mean that they are unable to continue to meet all of the standards of proficiency that apply to the whole radiography profession. As long as you have ensured that the skills and knowledge relating to your scope of practice are up to date, you would be able to sign this aspect of the renewal declaration.

  • No, see answer to the first question.

  • Yes.

  • The title ‘sonographer’ is not a protected title. Your statutory registration is as a radiographer with the HCPC. Ultrasound is considered to be within the scope of practise of a radiographer and there are no restrictions on calling yourself a sonographer if you wish but you cannot say that you are statutorily registered as a sonographer. If you maintain registration with the HCPC you can call yourself a statutory registered radiographer.

  • There is no legal requirement to register / re-register with the HCPC as a radiographer if you are solely working as a sonographer and are not using the protected title of radiographer. However, some employers require registration with the HCPC for those they employ in sonographer positions, so it would be wise to check your contract of employment to see if you are required to be registered by your employer. The SCoR strongly recommends that if you are entitled to be statutorily registered with the HCPC then you should be so. Click here to see advice provided by the SCOR.

  • No. The title is a legally protected one and you must be registered with the HCPC as a radiographer in order to use it.

Tudalen wedi'i diweddaru ymlaen: 05/02/2019