Our partners in Healthcare Science education and training

The Academy works with a number of partners across the Healthcare Science education and training system to ensure that courses are delivered effectively to high standards.

National School of Healthcare Science

The NSHCS has a number of important roles around recruitment, delivery and quality management of education and training for Healthcare Science. This includes:

  • Responsible for annual national recruitment to the Scientist Training Programme and the Higher Specialist Scientist Programme.
  • Implementation of the National Assessment Strategy, including monitoring trainee progress, maintenance and development of the e-portfolio ‘One File’ in partnership with Professional Bodies.
  • Liaison with Universities and NHS departments providing the training to ensure compatible delivery of the programmes.
  • Delivery of National Quality Assessment Management Programme including accreditation of all departments delivering work based training.
  • Advice on curricula development and review.
  • Working with the national commissioner on workforce planning and provision.
  • Working with the Healthcare and Care Professions Council as the approved education provider for the STP Training Programme

More information at www.nshcs.org.uk

Health Education West Midlands

HEWM has national for planning and commissioning of education programmes on behalf of the NHS across England.

This includes:

  • Commissioning of masters and  doctoral programmes
  • Work with the system to ensure robust contract management  and quality outcomes from academic programmes
  • Oversight of delivery of STP and HSST  and other programmes through hosting of the NSHCS

More information at www.hee.nhs.uk

Council of Healthcare Science in Higher Education

Council of Healthcare Science in Higher Education

The Council of Healthcare Science in Higher Education (CHS) brings together the collective interests and views of academic Healthcare Science across the UK and aims to act as a unified voice for academic Healthcare Science. Its aim is to inform and influence the higher education and further education sectors on the development and implementation policy for Healthcare Science and scientific services in respect of Healthcare Science education, research and innovation.

More information at:  https://www.networks.nhs.uk/

NHS Education for Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has oversight of training programmes and initiatives to develop the Healthcare Science workforce, with an aim of ensuring a sustainable fit-for-purpose workforce supply for NHS Scotland.

Their work covers:

  • Postgraduate Scientist trainees, including pre-registration Clinical Scientists
  • Pre-registration and post-registration support for other groups
  • NES-delivered generic learning: Early Career; Leadership; Trainers; Safety
  • Support staff initiatives

The Academy have worked with NES on projects such as equivalence mapping in Scotland. NES is also involved at a UK-level for Healthcare Science education, training and accreditation.

More information at: www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science


The Academy works closely with healthcare science colleagues at Health Education and Improvement Wales and NHS Wales Health Collaborative.

More information: https://heiw.nhs.wales/

Northern Ireland

The Academy is developing a working relationship with colleagues in Northern Ireland.