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Consultant Clinical Scientist Guidance

genetics-blobConsultant clinical scientists make a very important contribution to high quality, safe and effective patient care through technological advances, innovation and improved interaction and communication with clinical teams and patients.

NHS Employers have published comprehensive guidance documents regarding the role and appointment of consultant clinical scientists.

Consultant Clinical Scientist Guidance


Hundreds of clinical scientists are working at very senior levels and unlike medical consultant roles, there is inconsistency across the scientific specialties and within trusts, in terms of what they do and how they are appointed.

Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) seeks to train and develop an increased number of very senior consultant clinical scientists who can lead the development of new research, technology and practise working within multi-professional clinical teams to deliver quality improvement, innovation and world-class outcomes for patients. These training programmes are now under way and it is important employers understand and are prepared for the appointment of these consultant scientists when they emerge from training programmes or successfully complete equivalence with the Academy for Healthcare Science.

It is important that there is consistency in understanding the new consultant clinical scientist role and that employers can be assured that they are recruiting and developing expertise in a way that reflects the vision for Healthcare Science and modernising scientific careers.

This guidance includes high-level and detailed role definitions, role descriptors, suggested appointment and appraisal processes as well as illustrative examples and evidence for a review of current national job evaluation profiles.

Please visit the NHS Employers website to access the various sections of guidance to find out more about this workforce and the process for appointing them.

To find out more about our equivalence programmes, please visit here or contact .

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