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Healthcare Science Notice Board <6> Feb2014

Edition <6> Feb 2014 of HCS Notice Board. Main content and PDF. Includes Clinical Physiologist training, 2014 postgraduate support and NES work with the Academy for Healthcare Science.



Edition 6 of Healthcare Science Notice Board gives a summary of important developments concerning our training arrangements. From 2014, our bulletin is structured both as a webpage on the NES HCS website and as a corresponding PDF. Please do cascade to colleagues


Clinical Physiologist training  - Practitioner (graduate)-level

Colleagues will be aware that consideration is now underway by Glasgow Caledonian University and Queen Margaret University to build a sustainable programme for NHS Practitioner (graduate-level) work-based trainees in clinical physiology, which includes audiology.

Early indications are that a 2014 intake for the programme is unlikely to be viable or practical in the time available. The main reasons for this are:

a) doubt that there will be a robust 2014 intake in terms of numbers given that  securing 2013 intake was a challenge;

b) the imminent revalidation of the existing GCU physiology programme and validation of a new combined programme that includes audiology needs to account for the UK-level changes around recognition of training - i.e. the Registration Council for Clinical Physiology and/or the Academy for Healthcare Science.


c) The two universities and NES have agreed that a sensible way forward is to work towards a 2015 combined intake to the GCU programme and in the interim explore QMU specialist support for this. The intention is to build a work-based training programme that is aligned with the UK-level changes to audiology and clinical physiology training as part of the overall healthcare science modernisation.

d) GCU will begin to design and validate this programme with input from QMU and Service colleagues across Scotland.

e) NES will seek to offer Service support for 2015 Year 1 trainees as we have done previously, when it is anticipated that demand for training numbers will be higher.


f) Any service anticipating an NHS trainee for Year 1 entry to the 2014 GCU intake should make contact with NES in the first instance. As no actual Year 1 is running in 2014, there is a possibility of direct entry to Year 2, subject to the trainee’s starting qualification. This would cover cardiac, neuro and respiratory physiology specialties. Contact:

g) For 2014,existing NHS trainees (i.e. Years 2, 3, and 4) are offered support of up to £500 for additional courses and CPD as part of their development. Bids for this should be made to outlining Objective, Benefit, Cost and line-manager support.


Postgraduate Scientist 2014, in-service trainees’ NES support – Closes 18th April 2014

Application and guidance for our 2014 scheme of support for registered HCS practitioners wishing to undertake postgraduate / post-registration development. See /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/all-healthcare-science/healthcare-science-postgraduate-trainees-common-core-list.aspx


Postgraduate scientists – 2014 direct entry trainee intake (Clinical Scientist supernumerary schemes)

Direct entry (supernumerary) training posts supported on a national basis are now being posted at: /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/all-healthcare-science/clinical-scientists.aspx

Some trainees will be embarking on STP training. Others are following local training arrangements towards Clinical Scientist registration.

In order to boost its postgraduate complement, Clinical Physiology services that wish to explore the possibility of a 2014 supernumerary trainee clinical scientist to undertake STP should contact as soon as possible


Academy for Healthcare Science – NES project. Scottish programmes’ Equivalence mapping


From January 2014, NES has commissioned the Academy for Healthcare Science to undertake a mapping of Scottish Training Arrangements against Modernising Scientific Careers STP and PTP programme outcomes. Two NHS secondees are currently at work on this; we expect to report in Spring 2014. The project is anticipated to assist the Academy’s thinking around the Equivalence pathway, and to inform colleagues in Scotland of any changes to existing training. If approached, the Academy team would value your assistance.


NES support – Early implementers for in-service  applicants seeking clinical scientist equivalence

NES is supporting a small cohort of postgraduate-level staff to apply to AHCS for a certificate of Equivalence. This certification is essential for clinical scientist registration. Our early implementers cohort of around 20 staff have prepared High Level Outlines of their training and development since registration – against STP programme outcomes. Successful applicants will have 6 months to prepare a full portfolio and will undergo a viva. Details of the Academy’s Equivalence guidance is at:

We anticipate a second round of Early Implementers support in Spring 2014


Clinical Technologists

Work-based training for all Clinical Technologist specialties is included in the Equivalence mapping work of the AHCS. Senior Colleagues in Scotland have already been convened following actions from Scottish Government’s multidisciplinary event (Sept 2013) around radiotherapy service provision in Scotland.


Forward dates

National Event - June - Edinburgh.

NES and the Scottish Government are anticipating a National Event for Healthcare Science in June and in Edinburgh. Details will be posted shortly.


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