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Healthcare Science

Healthcare Science Notice Board <15>

Edition <15> Introduces our EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR CLINICAL SCIENTIST TRAINEES 2018 - a two-stage process that departments and schemes need to complete by 15th September 2017. This edition also highlights progress we have made in postgraduate training departmental self assessments, training scheme accreditation reviews with an external panel; our plans for monitoring of progression of postgraduates; our work with clinical physiology training and the autumn series of CPD courses.

Update on Postgraduate Scientists support 2017 

In May, we confirmed 31 awards to NHS staff for postgraduate study following 57 applications. Demand for our support consistently exceeds the resource available. Our application process requested engagement with the Common Core List as part of a wider training plan for postgraduate development. In 2017 also, we tied such support to departments satisfactory completion of our quality monitoring self-assessment. We anticipate the next round of support to be announced in the Spring of 2018. Common Core List attributes of a postgraduate scientist are at:



Expressions of interest Clinical Scientist training posts 2018

We have introduced an expressions of interest process for training schemes or departments considering clinical scientist training in 2018. This new commissioning process is not a route for individual prospective trainees to contact NES, but the mechanism for departments and schemes to signal interest. The process is tied to workforce need. Subject to demand and priority NES, will allocate resource to support direct entry or in-service trainees.  The expressions of interest is a straightforward two-stage spreadsheet return. Details of the expressions of interest are on the Postgraduate Knowledge network at:  The closing date for the Stage 2 return is 15th Sept 2017.



Quality management of training centres

Over the last 18 months we have worked with postgraduate training departments to establish our quality monitoring role. Of 124 departments and units identified around 100 have completed self-assessments. Between Sept 2016 and May 2017, this exercise was followed-up with panel reviews of a range of training schemes and groups across Scotland. These panels comprised an independent chair, lay representative and specialty advisors. We have scrutinised the nearly all clinical scientist training schemes with the National School for Healthcare Science staff acting as panel chair, and a wider illustrative group covering biomedical scientist postgraduate training departments. All panels followed an identical format and all involved NES Educational Governance representatives. The panel reports of these reviews are published at:


This monitoring programme is core to our backing of postgraduate scientist training for all groups in Healthcare Science; it demonstrates the security of postgraduate training ultimately to standards recognised by the Regulator. The support of participating departments and clinical staff is acknowledged.



Progression checks– postgraduate trainees

The next phase in our monitoring work is to introduce ongoing progression checks on an annual basis of those postgraduate scientist trainees on our national training number register. This will be a light-touch process as we recognise that some training schemes and departments will already have a form of progression monitoring.  The process we will implement includes a confidential return from trainee to NES.  We expect to contact national training number holders during October 2017. Details of the progression check process is at



Specialty Leads Team - Changes

At the end of June 2017, we bid farewell to four of the Specialty Leads Team: Liz Kilgour, Julie Turbitt, Duncan Macfarlane and Lee McMullen - whose secondments with us came to an end. The four have done tremendous work in driving the self-assessment phase of our quality monitoring; we wish them every success in their next steps.


Melissa Leitch and Andrew Davie joined NES Healthcare Science in April 2017, and will lead on outstanding self-assessment and the progression check phase of our monitoring work.


Further changes to the team are being explored.



Update on Clinical Physiology practitioners and intake 2017

NES support for the 2017 intake of clinical physiology practitioners is now allocated with some additional trainees being fully sponsored by departments. Thanks to all those departments that have engaged with the programme and the clinical staff who are supporting trainees’ development.


The NHS work-based programme at Glasgow Caledonian University has had encouraging success with 11 new Clinical Physiologist graduates for NHS Scotland, and a 12th graduate, from Lancaster.

Of intake 2013, eight achieved 1st class Honours and four achieved an upper 2nd; our congratulations to them and the staff at the University.


Intake 2015 and this year’s 2017 intake will be eligible to join directly the AHCS Practitioner Register, which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.



GCU Clinical Physiology graduates 2017



Generic CPD 2017-18

A range of face to face course from NES and for Healthcare Science will be 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:     PROGRAMME FLIER


"TURAS Learn" is a multi-disciplinary on-line learining system being continuously developed by NES. A wide range of e-learning tools are available now for example Quality Improvement, Leadership, HAI.



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:



Healthcare Science Annual event – June 2018

Planning is now underway for next year’s event. Further information will be made available soon. Please contact us at with your ideas for content or theme.