The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the UK’s premier professional organisation for communicators. It has awarded CHCR:
- General recognition for the NHS PgCert-HC (2017)
- Specific accreditation for the PgCert-HC (2018) which provides partial exemption from some requirements of the CIPR’s flagship Professional Diploma
- Licensed status, exclusively for the PgCert-HC as a CIPR Accredited Teaching Centre (2018).
NHS PgCert-HC +++ CIPR Diploma
For students, these developments increase the NHS PgCert-HC’s ‘portability’. Alongside the NHS PgCert-HC, students may also now optionally achieve the three-module CIPR Professional Diploma. In turn this offers extended professional status. And, all with significant fee- and teaching time-reductions.
The CIPR has a well-founded positive reputation for its portfolio of qualifications – in particular the Diploma. In Autumn 2016 the Diploma moved to a new professional syllabus. CHCR tutor, Bernard Carey, (left) also a CIPR chief examiner, led the new syllabus development team.The CIPR’s Professional Diploma (and, by extension, the NHS PgCert-HC) complies with the industry-leading Global Body of Knowledge (‘GBOK’) practitioners’ competency framework. This was developed in 2015 by the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communications Management in an initiative led by Huddersfield Business School’s Professor Anne Gregory.
As demonstrated by the additional exemption at Queen Margaret University for the MSc Strategic Communications, CHCR views the CIPR Diploma as a complementary qualification to the NHS PgCert-HC in a healthcare communicator’s professional development.