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Healthcare Science

Healthcare Science Notice Board <14>

Edition <14> summarizes progress we have made in postgraduate training department self assessments, training scheme reviews with an external panel and next steps in developing training programme management for the other elements of our postgraduate scientist community. There is information about NES support for 2017 postgraduate scientist training and clinical physiology practitioner training, NES face-to-face courses and the June HCS annual event.

NES Support for Postgraduate Scientists 2017

Applications for a NES contribution toward in-service postgraduate scientist training are now invited. Details of the process are at /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/all-healthcare-science/healthcare-science-postgraduate-trainees-common-core-list.aspx  the support is predicated on the applicant demonstrating a training plan that begins to address the Common Core List.  Closes 26th April 2017.

This year, applicants need to be employed by or linked to a recognised postgraduate training centre. A recognised centre is one that has successfully completed our self-assessment (see article below).

Successful applicants will be issued with a National Training Number and, along with supervisors, will be included in our TURAS trainee management online system.

Potential applicants who are not linked to a recognised training centre should contact the relevant NES Specialty Lead or – HCS Programme Director.


Quality management of training centres

Since edition <13> in Summer 2016, we have identified 116 departments with postgraduate scientist trainees. Of these 90 have completed satisfactorily their training quality self-assessments, with a few still to provide further evidence. The self-assessments are an intrinsic part of our training programme management and quality monitoring work. NES’s Specialty Leads team has worked with departments to ensure that returns and their associated evidence meets the standard.

Self-assessment was used to prime a series of reviews with an external panel that have now scrutinised most clinical scientist training schemes in Scotland. The Review Panel drew on expertise from the National School for Healthcare Science, and importantly a NES Medical Deanery Lay representative. Key supervisors and a selection of trainees participated in the reviews, which are intended to assure the regulator about the training arrangements in Scotland for these groups. Although a driver for this initiative was to satisfy STP training arrangements, The School agreed to scrutinise other schemes that are training via an equivalence model, and the outcome herein was the Panel’s “recognition of training quality”.

Over the coming months we will be extending this Review Panel process to include non-clinical scientist postgraduate trainees. Our postgraduate scientist community also comprises Biomedical Scientist postgraduates and Clinical Physiologists; quality monitoring of these groups ensures a shared benchmark regardless of discipline.

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


Next Steps:  NTNs and progression monitoring

Following the self-assessment and Panel Review processes, we intend introducing a progression check for all National Training Number holders. This check will be incorporated into the TURAS on-line system. We anticipate further information about this by the next edition of Notice Board.

Those postgraduate trainees who are not directly supported by NES but would like to acquire a National Training Number should, in the first instance, contact the relevant Specialty Lead  - see the contacts footer at /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science.aspx  A minimum of an outline development plan reflecting the Common Core List, and a training supervisor would be required.



Equivalence bids

NHS Education for Scotland continues to invite and support expressions of interest from individual Healthcare Science staff who wish to submit clinical scientist 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 Equivalence Assessors are also sought, details at:



Clinical Physiology Practitioner support 2017

In 2017 are offering a £7K contribution to service towards year 1 costs for a clinical physiology practitioner trainees. The disciplines support are cardiac physiology, respiratory physiology, neurophysiology and audiology. Details and contact for expressions of interest at /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/clinical-physiology/clinical-physiologists.aspx   Closes 26th May 2017

Glasgow Caledonian University has gained recognition of its clinical physiology programme by the Academy for Healthcare Science. Graduates from the 2015 intake onwards will automatically be eligible to joining the Academy’s Accredited Register.


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, Train the Trainer, and Trainees-in-Difficulty programmes and are around Scotland.  Please get in contact if you have a group in your Board interested in a programme:


Healthcare Science Annual event – 15th June 2017

Planning is underway for this year’s annual event. Venue is at COSLA Haymarket – further details will be posted shortly at