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Healthcare Science

Clinical Physiologists

Since the introduction of the NES Healthcare Science work stream, our strategy for Clinical Physiology has been to direct support to NHS service.

Updated 13-02-20

Scottish Government Health and Social Care Workforce Plan cites the possibility of specific support for 30 cardiac physiologist trainees over the next 4 years. Further information will be posted here as and when it becomes available.

Employment opportunities for prospective trainees are occasionally advertised on The NHS Scotland recruitment website "Health Science Services" Link


Routes to becomming a physiologist in Scotland

A Clinical Physiology programme in Scotland is available from Glasgow Caledonian University with Glasgow Kelvin College of Further Education. The programme involves block release of salaried NHS practitioner-level trainees. The programme is largely work-based with 2 days/week term-time academic contact. The practitioner programme is 4 years in duration and covers audiology, cardiac, neuro and respiratory physiology training. Intakes from 2015 onward are eligible to join on graduation the Academy for Healthcare Science PTP accredited register as the programme is recognised for PTP equivalence.

Some audiology training is offered at Queen Margaret University including: a 2 year fast-track postgraduate pre-registration masters route, which is not NES-funded, and a work-based assistant practitioner programme for HCPC Hearing Aid Dispenser.

Recently, some NHS Department have developed graduates in house via a pathway called "equivalence" to a point where they meet the standards of the AHCS Register. Training timescales depends on the prior learning of the individual and the department's approach to developing along this route.

All clinical physiology trainees, irrespective of pathway, are subject to NES monitoring throughtout training.


At present Clinical Physiology practitioners are not subject to statutory regulation

Practitinoer-level clinical physiologists may register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiology OR with the  AHCS Academy for Healthcare Science Practitioner Register

Registered  physiologists with masters-level or equivalent experience may register also as clinical scientists via AHCS equivalence or with the Association of Clinical Scientists. 

Further infromation is available from our link Clinical Scientists