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Healthcare science specific funding

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Scientific Training Programme (STP)

STP is a graduate-entry training programme leading to more senior scientist roles, and registration with the HCPC. STP trainees will be employed by an NHS organisation for the duration of their training and receive a salary.

There is an annual recruitment campaign led by HEIW in collaboration with Welsh NHS Organisations, who have requested trainees via their organisation’s workforce plan. 

Recruitment Process: 

  • Applicants apply via NHS Jobs.
  • Overseas applicants must have the relevant visas in place to be in a position to work in the UK
  • Adverts are usually placed late February early March.
  • Successful applicants are invited to a face to face interview.
  • Those that are successful at interview are offered a three-year fixed term training contract with the respective Health Board or Trust.
  • All STP trainees have to enrol with the relevant HEI and the National school of Healthcare Science

Higher specialist scientific training 

HSST is a five-year workplace-based training Doctoral programme that provides the opportunity for clinical scientists to train and become eligible to apply for consultant clinical scientist posts. Further details can be found on P14 of postgraduate education across specific areas of healthcare guidance.

Equivalence funding for the healthcare scientist workforce 

The Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) has equivalence assessment processes for Healthcare scientists who have undertaken training, hold qualifications and/or have considerable professional experience, and who wish to show that these are equivalent to the relevant training programme accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science. 

HEIW has an education funding pot for supporting NHS staff to access education that will enable them to achieve registration/regulation via an alternative or equivalence route. Funding is allocated annually in April. Organisations wanting to take advantage of this funding must complete the application form.