Coronavirus Information for students & new graduates
Graduating in 2020
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS from everyone in the #BCAfamily on a fantastic achievement of completing your education! We know how rigorous chiropractic education is, so well done and welcome to the start of your professional career.
If you’re still looking for a position, the BCA can help:
- Our classified adverts are THE PLACE to look for job adverts. There are still jobs being advertised, so check regularly and click the links in our weekly email (if you’re a member)
- Don’t forget that BCA membership is FREE for graduates for the rest of 2020, giving you access to the BCA network.
Registering with the GCC (General Chiropractic Council)
You’ll know by now that in order to practise as a chiropractor in the UK, you need to register with the GCC and they will ask you if you have adequate insurance. If you are applying for BCA Insurance, we can automatically notify the GCC that you have your insurance in place (more information in the insurance section below).
We caught up with the GCC about the advice they have been issuing to students as well as any tips for graduates during this time:
“We understand the concerns and apprehension of many new graduates about their job prospects and future career development amid this stressful period and lack of clarity. We appreciate the decision to join the register is more uncertain at the moment and that students will need to make the best decision at the right time, according to their individual circumstances. As part of graduates’ preparation to start work it is advisable to go through the registering process in good time, which will enable them to take up work and see patients. New graduates can check our registration section and ensure they have all the necessary documentation in place when they are ready to apply for registration.
Earlier this month we issued a statement to students on our website. https://www.gcc-uk.org/news/entry/advice-for-chiropractic-students-on-the-impact-of-the-covid-19-pandemic.
We would encourage all new graduates to sign up for the PRT programme with the RCC and benefit from a structured supportive programme to assist with the transition from student to professional. We very much welcome the support the BCA and its members are offering to new graduates at this challenging time.”
PRT (Post-Registration Training) from the Royal College of Chiropractors (RCC)
Heard about the PRT and the RCC and not sure where to start? The Royal College of Chiropractors have got this covered:
“The Royal College of Chiropractors (RCC) runs the UK’s ‘PRT’ Post-Registration Training programme for recently qualified chiropractors. PRT helps ensure a smooth transition from the undergraduate setting to autonomous professional practice in the clinical setting, and is designed to be helpful and supportive.
The coronavirus pandemic poses unique challenges for students at this time, and the RCC has consulted with the educational institutions and the BCA to introduce a range of measures to ensure those enrolling on the 2020 PRT programme receive the best possible postgraduate support. This will include access to frequent, topical, online discussions with experts in special fields of interest such as sport and paediatrics, the opportunity to hear about, share and discuss experiences with your peer group and experienced chiropractors, and candidate-led question & answer sessions to keep you informed during this time of uncertainty.
The 2020 PRT programme will start with two new webinars that all final year students can take part in prior to registering on the PRT programme; details to follow soon from your educational institution.
More information about the PRT programme can be accessed here.”
BCA Insurance Services
Many chiropractors choose us as their professional association because BCA Insurance Services provide the most robust protection for chiropractors on the market, covering both claims by patients and insurance-backed defence costs at the GCC. Access to BCA Insurance Services is an exclusive member benefit and graduates joining us will only pay pro-rata for the months needed this year (renewal is in January annually).