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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Clinical scientist pre-registration training

Our postgraduate scientist trainee cohort includes Pre-registration Clinical Scientists and Practitioner-level (graduate) staff undertaking advanced-practice scientist development.

For Clinical Scientists, we commission around 20 supernumerary trainees annually to ensure that NHS Scotland has a direct entry pathway for able science applicants. Training involves either 3-year STP or an equivalent M-level programme.

Our postgraduate scientists cohort have a National Training Number and develop attributes on our Common core list.

All postgraduate scientist trainees are subject to Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) monitoring.

Appointments in Scotland

Opportunities for 2024 will be posted as NHS Boards advertise shortly.


Healthcare Science theme / disciplines 2024 intake






Host NHS Board* 



Contact details


Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering 7 posts Various CLOSED
Genomics and Molecular Pathology 4 posts GG&C CLOSED
Trainee clinical perfusion scientist
1 post
Clinical Biochemistry 3 posts Various CLOSED
Cardiac Science 1 post Highland

Advert closes 26/6/24

1 post

Advert closes 1/7/24

Vascular Science
1 post

Advert closes 5/5/24

1 post

Advert closes 2/7/24


*The Host NHS Board may be the trainee's employer, but training placements can be anywhere in Scotland, determined by service need. (+1 refers to service funded posts)

Find information for postgraduate trainees and supervisors on our HCStraining website.

These and other posts will be advertised also on NHS Scotland's Job Train site (Search filter "Healthcare Sciences").

Training details

Supernumerary clinical scientist trainees

NHS employed, commissioned in Scotland by NES. Trainees join a 3-year postgraduate-level scheme to develop competencies necessary to meet the Health and Care Professions Council requirements.

In-service trainees

May be directly supported by NHS Boards.

Recruitment in other parts of the UK is administered by the National School for Healthcare Science.


On completion of training, registration as a clinical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council is possible.

STP trainees 

Are subject to continuous assessment, recorded on the National School for Healthcare Science One File Tool. STP Trainees must complete specified rotations in their STP theme,  pass the relevant Clinical Science MSc and pass their Objective Final Structured Assessment.

Non-STP trainees 

Must demonstrate equivalence to STP learning outcomes by means of a portfolio and viva voce organised through the Academy for Healthcare Science. Alternative training pathways follow similar principles. These are organised by the Association of Clinical Scientists and the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Last updated: Thursday, June 20, 2024

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