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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 20-5-20

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 OLAT - Online Learning and Assessment Tool. STP Trainees must complete specified rotations in their STP theme,  pass the relevant Clinical Science MSc and pass their Objective Final Structured Assessment.

Assessment: non-STP Trainees must demonstrate equivalence to STP learning outcomes by means of a portfolio and viva voce.

Academy for Healthcare Science: All portfolio applications are via the Integrated Assessment Unit (IAU) of the Academy for Healthcare Science AHCS has information about equivalence applications for recognition of training and experience. From 2018 AHCS vivas are by video-conference with candidates attending NES offices in Edinburgh.

The Association of Clinical Scientists  and The Institute of Biomedical Science  also offer 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. 

Covid-19: Further recruitment likely to be delayed. We will post opportunities on this site as an when available.


Covid-19: Candidates will be contacted direct by training scheme to arrange video interview.

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 Advert Closes 8th June 2020

Genomics / Molecular Pathology (Dundee /Aberdeen bases)

3 posts   Tayside Advert  Closes 16th June

Further specialties will follow during Spring 2020


* 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