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Healthcare Science

Clinical Scientists

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.

Status as at 14-09-20

Supernumerary Clinical Scientist trainees:  are NHS employed, commissioned in Scotland by NES. Trainees join a 3-year postgraduate-level scheme to develop competences necessary to meet the Health and Care Professions Council requirements.

In-service trainees: may also be directly supported by NHS Boards.

Recruitment in other parts of the UK is administered by the National School for Healthcare Science 

Format: Depending on specialty, trainees undergo 3-year development according to the Scientist Training Programme (STP), or an equivalent programme that meets the education and training outcomes of STP.

Assessment: STP Trainees are subject to continuous assessment, recorded on the National School for Healthcare Science One-File system. STP Trainees must complete specified rotations in their STP theme,  pass the relevant Clinical Science MSc and pass their Objective Final Structured Assessment (OSFA).

Academy for Healthcare Science: Information about equivalence portfolio applications for recognition of training and experience available at Academy for Healthcare Science.  AHCS vivas are by video-conference with candidates attending NES offices in Edinburgh.

The Association of Clinical Scientists http://www.assclinsci.org/acsHome.aspx  and The Institute of Biomedical Science https://www.ibms.org/registration/becoming-hcpc-registered/clinical-scientist/  also offer equivalence pathways to clinical scientist registration.

Some frequently asked questions about Scottish training     FAQs

Appointments in Scotland: may be advertised on the NHS Scotland recruitment website throughout the year in addition to those below. 

2021 intake opportunities will be posted here in Spring 2021

Healthcare Science theme / disciplines 2020 intake Summary   Host NHS Board* Contact details

Scottish Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Training Scheme:  MEDICAL PHYSICS

 6 posts    Grampian CLOSED

Scottish Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Training Scheme: CLINICAL ENGINEERING

 2 posts    Grampian CLOSED

Cardiac Clinical Scientist  STP

1 post   Highland CLOSED

STP Biochemistry  (Glasgow or Edinburgh)

3 posts   Glasgow CLOSED

Genomics/Molecular Pathology (Glasgow base)

4 posts   Tayside CLOSED

Genomics / Molecular Pathology (Dundee /Aberdeen bases)

3 posts   Tayside CLOSED

Microbiology

1 post   Lothian CLOSED

Reproductive Science (based Dundee)

 1 post   Glasgow CLOSED

* 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)

Information for postgraduate trainees and supervisors is available at our HCS Trainees community website