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Healthcare Science Notice Board <12> Spring 2016

Edition <12> of Healthcare Science Notice Board alerts readers to the June national event and reports on our emerging work relating to the quality management of postgraduate training. There is a call for postgraduate bursary bids and Academy for Healthcare Science equivalence support.

Healthcare Science 2016 National Event

Hold the date! 24th June 2016, IET Teacher Building Glasgow. The 2016 annual event will focus on the National Delivery Plan for Healthcare Science, with the strapline "Forging the Future through Collaboration and Spread".

Further details to follow shortly on our booking link at


Postgraduate scientists award scheme 2016

2016 application process for postgraduate scientist awards are now open. This process closes on 29th April 2016. Details can be found at /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/all-healthcare-science/healthcare-science-postgraduate-trainees-common-core-list.aspx


Results from our postgraduate scientist survey undertaken in late 2015 are posted at

At the time of survey, we had 179 postgraduate scientist trainees on our register.


Quality management of training centres

At the end of 2015 NES Healthcare Science began a process of asking departments with HCS postgraduate trainees to self-assess against standards designed to ensure common standards across Scotland. The benchmarks are designed to ensure that STP and other postgraduate scientist trainees in Scotland meet the standards for STP training centres in other parts of the UK and thereby satisfy the regulator.

We have initially contacted 116  training departments, with approaching 50 departments having submitted self assessments to date. Highlighted areas of concern for some returns include lack of support in delivering training, a desire for increased clarity around training programmes and an  effective feedback mechanism for managing  trainee concerns. Achieving robust evidence for consent and clinical contact has also been highlighted, particularly for those departments which are not in direct patient contact.


NES Specialty Leads will in the future be commencing a programme of visits to selected sites hosting STP and other postgraduate trainees, as part of our audit exercise. The principle of training centre approval, by NES, is currently routine practice for postgraduate medical dental, pharmacy and psychology trainees.


 Our Healthcare Science quality monitoring standards are posted on the NES Knowledge network at:


TURAS – Trainee workforce register

As part of our programme of quality monitoring of postgraduate training centres, we intend to introduce a trainee workforce tracking tool called TURAS. Already in use by medicine and dentistry, the tool records trainee rotations, workplace accreditation and associated training staff with each element of the training. The tool will supersede our existing system in which we issue training numbers, and it will introduce an on-line element of user control. Further information about this project will be available in the summer.


Equivalence bids

NHS Education for Scotland continues to invite and support expressions of interest from Healthcare Science staff who wish to submit equivalence bids at PTP or STP level to the Academy for Healthcare Science.


Details of the submission process and further information can be found in the link;