Our postgraduate scientist trainee cohort includes Pre-registration Clinical Scientists and Practitioner-level (graduate) staff undertaking advanced-practice scientist development.
For Clinical Scientists, we commission around 20 supernumerary trainees annually to ensure that NHS Scotland has a direct entry pathway for able science applicants. Training involves either 3-year STP or an equivalent M-level programme.
Our postgraduate scientists cohort have a National Training Number and develop attributes on our Common core list.
All postgraduate scientist trainees are subject to Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) monitoring.
2022 intake closed. Specialties shown for information. 2023 opportunities will be posted here in Spring 2023.
Healthcare Science theme / disciplines 2023 intake
Host NHS Board*
*The Host NHS Board may be the trainee's employer, but training placements can be anywhere in Scotland, determined by service need. (+1 refers to service funded posts)
Find information for postgraduate trainees and supervisors on our HCStraining website.
NHS employed, commissioned in Scotland by NES. Trainees join a 3-year postgraduate-level scheme to develop competencies necessary to meet the Health and Care Professions Council requirements.
May be directly supported by NHS Boards.
Recruitment in other parts of the UK is administered by the National School for Healthcare Science.
On completion of training, registration as a clinical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council is possible.
Are subject to continuous assessment, recorded on the National School for Healthcare Science One File Tool. STP Trainees must complete specified rotations in their STP theme, pass the relevant Clinical Science MSc and pass their Objective Final Structured Assessment.
Must demonstrate equivalence to STP learning outcomes by means of a portfolio and viva voce organised through the Academy for Healthcare Science. Alternative training pathways follow similar principles. These are organised by the Association of Clinical Scientists and the Institute of Biomedical Science.
Last updated: 26/01/2023