A group of life science industry associations working together to provide an accredited mechanism for Trusts to use to confirm the identity, credentials and training status of individuals that visit their sites. The responsibility for this lies with each individual Trust and they have sought a variety of means to address this challenge leading to variable practices in the standards and processes used within the NHS to check status of industry staff on site.
An accredited credentialing register for Life Sciences sector staff who interact routinely and directly with NHS front-line staff and/or patients provides the assurance that NHS Trusts are seeking.
The register, currently being piloted, will provide a framework for supporting interactions between relevant individuals from the life science sector and healthcare professionals and patients. It will support joint working in pursuit of improved patient safety, improved outcomes and system efficiency.
Industry and the NHS have worked together on the key elements and training requirements of the scheme.