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RCP Guidelines

Return to Clinical Practice

The following guidelines have been developed as a pathway for any Sonographer who wishes to re-enter the Register and who has been absent for 3 years or more.

Definitions
Register – the Register of Accredited Sonographers
Clinical assessment – a three month workplace clinical assessment
Supervisor – the appointed clinical supervisor or senior Sonographer supervising the applicant

Clinical experience equivalent to 6 months full-time during the last 3 years
For those Sonographers who have been deactivated from the Register for three years or more (eg: on travel, working overseas or working in a public hospital) and want to return to the ASAR Register.

If the Sonographer can show 6 months equivalent full-time clinical practice during the last 3-year period (for example, experience gained overseas) and can provide suitable evidence of their clinical practice during this time (eg letter from employer, VAT form), then re-entry on to the register is permitted.

The Reactivation Form together with required documentation and fee must be submitted to ASAR.

Clinical experience less than 6 months full-time equivalent during the last 3 years
For those  Sonographers who have been deactivated from the Register for 3 years or more and want to return to the ASAR Register OR for new applicants who are otherwise eligible for Category 1A/1B/1C/

If the Sonographer cannot show at least 6 months full-time equivalent clinical experience in the last 3 years, the Sonographer must undergo clinical assessment in order to gain re-entry/entry on to the Register. This clinical assessment should be performed within the prospective work place by the supervisor (if possible) and be successfully completed within 3 months of gaining employment and applying to the Register.

During this assessment period, the Sonographer will be listed on the Register as a Provisional Student Sonographer.

The Return to Clinical Practice Supervisor Consent Form must be completed and returned to ASAR prior to the Sonographer commencing their Clinical Assessment.

The Return to Clinical Practice Supervisor Assessment Form needs to be completed and returned to ASAR within this 3 month timeframe to enable entry on to the Register.

Clinical supervisors are encouraged to refer to the Return to Clinical Practice Competency Checklist to assist in assessing the clinical skills of the Sonographer.

A Sonographer with a successful clinical assessment will be placed on the Register as an AMS.

If notice of successful completion of the clinical assessment is not submitted to ASAR within 3 months of gaining employment and applying to the Register, the Sonographer must follow the RCP guidelines for Sonographers who have been inactive in clinical ultrasound practice for 5 years or more.

Inactive in clinical ultrasound practice for 5 years or more
For those Sonographers who have been deactivated from the Register for 5 years or more or inactive in clinical ultrasound practice for 5 years or more but otherwise eligible for AMS status (ie hold an accredited qualification), the Sonographer must enrol in an ASAR-approved Return to Clinical Practice program followed by a clinical assessment.

The Sonographer must successfully complete both the Return to Clinical Practice program and the clinical assessment in order to gain re-entry on to the Register as an AMS. This whole process should be performed within the prospective work place by the supervisor (if possible) and be successfully completed within 12 months of gaining employment and applying to the Register.

During this assessment period, the Sonographer will be listed on the Register as a Provisional Student Sonographer.

Within 12 months of application, notice of successful completion of the Return to Clinical Practice program and the clinical assessment must be returned to ASAR by the supervisor to complete entry on to the register as an AMS.

Workplace assessment forms are available from the ASAR office on application.

Removal from the Register
If notice of successful completion of a RCP program and successful clinical assessment are not submitted to ASAR within 12 months of application, the Sonographer’s name will be removed from the Register and Medicare Australia will be notified. In this case, the Sonographer may return to the Register via category 2A, by enrolling in an ASAR accredited program.