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PSA endorses the Higher Specialist Scientist Part of the Academy’s Register

The Academy for Healthcare Science is delighted to announce that it has received Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) endorsement to extend its accredited register to include Higher Specialist Scientists (HSS).

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This decision means that Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme (HSST) graduates as well as those successfully completing the HSST equivalence programme can apply to join the Academy Accredited Register as Higher Specialist Scientists.

Joining the AHCS register shows commitment to maintaining standards of education, competence and conduct and this in turn provides assurance for employers, patients and the public.

Professional Standards Authority accreditation means that the Academy has met the Authority’s demanding standards of governance, setting standards, education and training, managing the register, providing information and complaints handling.

HSST is a quality assured five year work based and doctoral level training programme for Clinical Scientists to be trained to take on the role of a Consultant Clinical Scientist.  Clinical Scientists undertaking HSST are fully prepared to provide, lead and innovate scientific services at consultant level. HSST will ensure a future workforce supply of very senior Clinical Scientists with registration providing the independent assurance for employers when applying for available consultant clinical scientist posts in specialist areas.

The equivalence process provides the opportunity for those already working at a very senior level in Healthcare Science to demonstrate that previous training, qualifications and experience meet the knowledge, skills, competence, attitudes and behaviours of the HSST programme outcomes.  Equivalence provides eligibility to apply for registration which in turn gives independent assurance to employers when employing Consultant Clinical Scientists

Read the full details of the Professional Standards Authority’s deliberation and decision in the Notification of Change on the PSA website

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