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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Postgraduate scientists

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

For practitioners, NES Healthcare Science competitively selects around 30 in-service practitioner staff for postgraduate bursary awards on an annual basis to ensure that NHS Scotland has a pathway for able Healthcare Science practitioners to progress to advanced scientific practice. All postgraduate scientist trainees develop shared attributes within the four domains on our Common Core List (see below for further details). They are issued with a National Training Number, must provide us with a Training Plan and are subject to Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) monitoring.

Information for trainees and supervisors

See our Healthcare Science training website for further information on training, quality assurance and funding opportunities.

Support for Healthcare Science practitioners seeking equivalence

NES Healthcare Science can offer advice and support regarding initial applications for practitioners seeking equivalence recognition. Details of any current funding opportunities will be available on our Current Opportunities page. Please also see our Equivalence Routes and Support page or contact us at for further information.

Common core list (CCL)

Our Common Core List (CCL) identifies shared attributes for NHS scientists, across four domains:

  1. scientific practice
  2. leadership and management
  3. safety and improvement
  4. the future

The CCL does not specify the format, level or content of development within the domains. Instead, it challenges trainees to consider their wider development as future scientific leaders. Engagement with the CCL is central to the approval of NES postgraduate support.

Promoting shared attributes for NHS Scotland postgraduate scientist trainees using a Common Core List (CCL) [PDF]

External links

  • Healthcare Science training website – includes our latest news/events, our communications, an overview of our quality assurance processes, our current funding opportunities and a range of other information for postgraduate trainees and supervisors.
  • CPD & e-learning for Healthcare Science – Our Healthcare Science area within Turas Learn contains a wide range of CPD and e-learning resources.

Last updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

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