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Healthcare Science Notice Board <13>

Edition Summer 2016 <13> of Healthcare Science Notice Board includes invitations to join our HCS Advisory Group; gives an update on progress we are making with postgraduate training quality monitoring; and calls for expressions of interest both for 2017 clinical scientist postgraduate training and for 2017 practitioner-level clinical physiology training.

NES Advisory Group

NES Healthcare Science Advisory Group has some vacancies. The group meets at least once annually and acts a stakeholder panel for our work. Specifically, we are looking for the following representatives drawn from frontline service.


Further Education College representative X1

Physical Sciences service representative X1

Clinical Physiology service representative X1

Life Science service representative X1

Early Career / trainee representative X2


Details of recent meetings are at /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/all-healthcare-science/advisory-group.aspx


If you would like to be considered for any of the roles, then please email with a short CV and a statement of support. Please put “HCS Advisory Group” in the subject line. We hope to finalise membership by the year’s end.



Quality management of training centres self-assessments

Since early 2016, departments with postgraduate scientist trainees have completed training quality self-assessments. These reflect good practice in terms of standards of education and training in the workplace, and are a necessary component of our new oversight role in Scotland for postgraduate scientists. NES’s Specialty Leads team has worked with departments to ensure that returns and their associated evidence meets the standard.

Over the coming months we will begin a programme of formal quality reviews of training based on these self-assessments. This process, which is similar to medical deanery reviews, involves an external panel conducting conversations with trainees and supervisors. A key target group will be those training programmes in Scotland that cover clinical scientist training including STPs. The panel includes the National School for Healthcare Science, NES Educational Governance, the Academy for Healthcare Science and a Lay representative. We are exploring how we can conduct equivalent reviews of non-STP postgraduate training. It is likely that our approach to this will be to review consortia or groups of departments rather than individual units.

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


Equivalence bids

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


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



AHCS Higher Specialist Scientist – equivalence survey.  AHCS has completed equivalence assessments of an early implementers cohort. AHCS now wishes to gauge interest in HSST equivalence for other individuals. Short survey at:


AHCS Equivalence Assessors are sought, details at:



2017 Clinical Scientist recruitment

Expressions of interest from service are sought for the 2017 round of supernumerary training. Service leads should contact with “Clinical Scientist supernumerary training” in the subject line.

We would also like to gauge interest regarding non-salary training cost support for in-service candidates seeking admission to the clinical scientist STP programme. Service leads should contact with “In-service STP training” in the subject line.

In both cases, applicants should be mindful of the commitment to rotations with for example STP or equivalent training pathways.

We hope to finalise intake numbers by late October 2016


Clinical Physiology Practitioner support 2017

In 2017 we intend offering a £7K contribution to service towards year 1 costs for a clinical physiology practitioner trainee to join the Glasgow Caledonian University programme. Details and contact for expressions of interest at /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/clinical-physiology/clinical-physiologists.aspx


NES face-to-face courses

A range of face to face course from NES and for Healthcare Science is available on NES Portal    Courses include Early Career leadership, and Train the Trainer programmes and are around Scotland.


Scottish Government

Congratulations to Karen Stewart who has been confirmed as the permanent Healthcare Science Officer of Scottish Government. Karen is steering the 2015 National Delivery Plan through implementation. Details of this work and of the work of Healthcare Science Leads around Scotland can be found at: