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Healthcare science

We support the training and development of postgraduate scientist staff and other key groups in the healthcare science workforce.

View our guide to healthcare science disciplines and sub-disciplines

Commissioning of training

View details of our clinical scientist pre-registration training

Our postgraduate scientist trainee cohort includes Pre-registration Clinical Scientists and Practitioner-level (graduate) staff undertaking advanced-practice scientist development.

View the latest recruitment to supernumerary training for clinical scientists (new page to replace Clinical Scientists)

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.

Other postgraduate scientist's we support also have a National Training Number and develop attributes on our Common Core List. All postgraduate scientist trainees are subject to an Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) monitoring.

For 2021, we are offering limited application fee support to NHS Healthcare Science Staff interested in "equivalence" / Recognition of Prior Learning assessment. Details of this are at our Knowledge Network - HCS Trainees

Clinical Physiology practitioner training recommences at Glasgow Caledonian University for intake 2021 this Autumn. Access to the BSc-part-time course is via an NHS-funded post of employment in a department. Recruitment to these posts is advertised at (see under Health Science services).
Boards may be recruiting in the following specialities: cardiac physiology, respiratory physiology, neurophysiology and audiology.

Quality monitoring

View quality management of postgraduate training details on the Knowledge Network

NES Healthcare Science is developing basic deanery-like oversight to monitor and quality management training. Our role is in partnership with the Academy for Healthcare Science and with the National School for Healthcare Science.

Oversight of trainees, trainers and workplaces is an important new role for NES Healthcare Science. Standards of Education and Training for STP Clinical Scientist trainees require we satisfy the Academy of Healthcare Science that admissions and practice placement of trainees in Scotland are secure. We must also assure the National School for Healthcare Science that our work-based training environments are monitored and approved.

Combined, our role with that of AHCS and NSHCS is designed to assure that STP training in Scotland is subject to an equivalent quality framework to elsewhere in the UK.

Our approach is to extend this oversight to all HCS training. For STP training, the principles below are mandatory. For other postgraduate-level trainees and practitioner grades, the principles are good-practice.

Continued professional development (CPD)

NES Healthcare Science supports NHS staff who deliver workplace-based training and assessment

Our TURAS Learn website has a range of resources for trainers and staff interested in leadership development, together with specialty specific material.

Advisory group

NES has an Advisory Group to act as its expert group on a range of HCS education and training matters. Generally, it meets annually to critique NES Healthcare Science activity, and to highlight workforce priorities.

The group comprises representatives of the three healthcare science strands, education sector, workforce and government stakeholders.

Minutes of advisory group

17th September 2021

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Go to Turas Learn for further learning on healthcare science

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Last updated: 24/09/2020

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