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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

2021 intake opportunities will be posted here in Spring 2021.

Healthcare science theme/disciplines 2020 intake 

Number of posts 

Host NHS Board* 

Details 

Scottish medical physics and clinical engineering training scheme:  MEDICAL PHYSICS 

6 posts 

Grampian 

Closed

Scottish medical physics and clinical engineering training scheme: CLINICAL ENGINEERING 

2 posts 

Grampian 

Closed

Cardiac clinical scientist STP

1 post 

Highland

Closed

STP biochemistry (Glasgow or Edinburgh)

3 posts 

Glasgow

Closed

Genomics/molecular pathology (Glasgow base)

4 posts 

Tayside

Closed

Genomics / molecular pathology (Dundee /Aberdeen bases)

3 posts 

Tayside

Closed

Microbiology

1 post 

Lothian

Closed

Reproductive science (based Dundee)

1 post 

Glasgow

Closed

 

*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 HCS trainees community website.

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.

Assessment

STP trainees 

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

STP trainees 

Must demonstrate equivalence to STP learning outcomes by means of a portfolio and viva voce.


Last updated: 24/09/2020

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