For those following a recognised training course. Students are entitled to all the benefits of membership, have full voting rights and can take part in all the Institute's activities at privileged rates.

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For individuals who have involvement or association with, or have an interest in Medical Illustration but who are not working towards one of our recognised qualifications.

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For those engaged in medical illustration and who hold a professional qualification approved by Council. Professional Members are entitled to use the letters MIMI after their name.

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Alliance for Patient Safety

A number of bodies representing healthcare professionals have grouped together to launch the Alliance for Patient Safety, which is campaigning on the need for better professional regulation and to highlight the serious gaps in patient safety that cannot be addressed through voluntary registration for many professions.

The Alliance is calling for evidence based decisions on professional regulation that reflect the different nature of various roles in the health service. Members of the Alliance include:

  • The Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists
  • Ophthalmic Imaging Association
  • Voluntary Register of Clinical Technologists
  • Institute of Medical Illustrators
  • Association of Cardiothoracic Surgical Assistants
  • Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists

In an effort to encourage the Department of Health to change its position on statutory regulation for our professions, we are asking our members and supporters to write to your local MP, to get their support for our campaign.

We have drafted an email (attached) and would be most grateful if you could copy and paste the text into a new message, fill in your name, address and profession, along with the name of your MP and send it to them. It is important that you include your address in the correspondence so your MP will know that the request has come from one of their constituents.

If you do not know who your MP is, you can find out by typing your postcode into this website. The email address of your MP will normally be in the following format:

Once you have sent the email to your MP, we would be grateful if you could send a copy to George Paterson at, as well as forwarding on any reply you receive from your MP. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0207 138 3681.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

George Paterson

Secretariat, Alliance for Patient Safety

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12 Coldbath Square
London EC1R 5HL
Tel: 0207 837 2846
Registered No:933565

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