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Voluntary Register

The IRHC voluntary register exists to promote professional standards among offshore medics and other remote health care practitioners.

Since first voicing the need for ‘Offshore Medic' registration in 2010, the IRHC has worked to promote this important patient safety issue. In May 2012, the IRHC held an open event in Aberdeen to consult with stakeholders. Attendees included senior representatives from the HSE, the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE), Oil & Gas UK, employers and industry.

The meeting led to a clear endorsement of the IRHC proposal to launch a voluntary register for offshore medics and other remote healthcare practitioners in 2012 and to attain CHRE accreditation.

Voluntary registration is the first step in moving towards professional standing for offshore medics and other remote healthcare practitioners.

So what's in it for me?

By signing up you are joining an organisation that is committed to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of individuals in remote environments by ensuring proper standards in the practice of remote healthcare. The opportunity exists to network with like-minded professionals and to get involved in shaping and influencing how remote healthcare practice develops.

You will be able to demonstrate adherence to professional standards by recording participation in CPD and revalidation linked to your work practice and appraisal.

You will become an Associate Member of the IRHC and will be entitled to use the letters AIRHC after your name.

You will receive an electronic and hard copy of the IRHC journal and other IRHC information, invitations and bulletins.

How do I proceed?

The current fee to join the IRHC as an associate member and be included on the register is £255 per annum

If you are already an Associate Member the additional cost will be £75

You will need to provide copies of the following documents:

  • A photographic ID (passport, driver's license).
  • Details of primary health qualifications and any professional memberships*.
  • An up-to-date CV with a full account of your employment history.
  • A reference from your current employer (or other suitable evidence) of current good standing. (that is, currently in clinical practice as a remote healthcare practitioner and that your practice is not subject to any restriction or other outstanding disciplinary or performance processes)

Click Here to Download a Registration Form

Click here to download additional guidance

*Registrants will be included in categories according to the evidence presented. For example, only persons holding an in-date HSE-approved offshore medic certificate may be entered in the register as an offshore medic in UK practice.