STP is a graduate-entry training programme leading to more senior scientist roles, and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). STP trainees are employed by an NHS organisation for the duration of their training and receive a salary.
Applications for 2023 are now closed.
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.
Professional registration is beneficial to patients and the public, but also to services and to the registered professionals themselves. Within healthcare science professional areas there are HCPC mandatory registers at graduate level (for Biomedical Scientists, Radiographers and Operating Department Practitioners) and at postgraduate level (Clinical Scientists). There are also a range of PSA regulated registers and other regulated qualifications. Steps are being taken within NHS Wales Health Boards and Trusts to include these as essential criteria for roles, where they are available.
For all these forms of registration, flexible experiential routes to registration are available that enable healthcare scientists to demonstrate that their training, qualifications and experience are equivalent to the standard training route. These enable staff working in Wales to progress in their careers effectively, recognising the significant experience that is gained when working in NHS services.
HEIW has an established funding allocation for supporting NHS staff within Healthcare Science to access education that will enable them to achieve registration/regulation via an alternative or equivalence route. This funding may also be used to fund the equivalence/alternative route application process. Funding is available annually in April. Organisations wanting to take advantage of this funding must be complete this application form for each individual applicant that seeks to access this funding. This funding request form must be completed by the manager of the proposed recipient (either the line manager or service manager as appropriate).
This funding is available for all Healthcare Scientists employed by NHS Wales that are undertaking any routes to, or levels of, professional registration/ regulation. This includes Radiographers and Operating Department Practitioners.