Significant scientific workforce shortages at senior levels have been identified in several Life Science specialties, which have been further highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Specialist Scientific Training () Programme trains Healthcare Scientists to consultant level, however is currently not open to all individual scientists with the potential to develop and take on the role of a consultant scientist.
The National School of Healthcare Science in Health Education England, Academy for Healthcare Science, Institute of Biomedical Science (), Royal College of Pathologists ( ) and Manchester Academy of Healthcare Scientist Education are pleased to announce a widening of the of the eligibility criteria for . The new criteria will allow appropriately qualified senior Biomedical Scientists, who can demonstrate ability to work at Level 7 via academic and professional qualifications, to apply to join the programme. Both Biomedical Scientists and Clinical Scientists will be subject to the same interview process to determine suitability and readiness. The qualifications to confer eligibility will include:
1)Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, Specialist Diploma and relevant
2)Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, Specialist Diploma and Higher Specialist Diploma or 2-part Fellowship Special Exam
3)Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, Specialist Diploma and Diploma of Expert Practice
Eligible individuals will also need to meet the requirements of the Universities to commence a doctoral level programme, including a First or 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in a relevant subject area or evidence of having written at that standard, and a minimum of four years working in a professional role. In addition, training departments will need to achievetraining accreditation through the to be successful in the commissioning rounds. This includes demonstration of suitable workplace and research supervision at doctoral level, access to training to meet the specialism curriculum and Standards of Proficiency, and senior level trust support.
All Life Science HSSTs must obtain Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists during the programme in order to complete, in addition to the academic qualification and evidence of their workplace training. These requirements of the programme are identical for Clinical Scientists and Biomedical Scientists on .
This revised admission criteria tois endorsed by Education for Scotland – Healthcare Science. We look forward to working with all agencies concerned with the development of the next generation of consultant-level healthcare scientists.
All scientists who successfully complete theprogramme or equivalence are eligible to join the Academy for Healthcare Science Register and become a Fellow.
This change to theeligibility criteria will apply from 2021 entry to the programme.