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Applications for Scientist Training Programme (STP) posts in Wales now open

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2023 Scientist Training Programme posts in Wales are now open.

Run across the UK by the National School of Healthcare Science, the STP is a fully-funded, national training programme of work-based and academic learning for graduates who wish to secure senior scientist roles within the NHS. The three-year programme includes completion of an accredited master’s degree with a UK university and eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as a Clinical Scientist.

This year, there are up to 50 STP trainee posts available in Wales, all of which commence in September 2023. A full list of posts can be found below. 

Successful applicants to training posts in Wales are employed on a three-year, fixed-term contract by an NHS Wales Health Board or Trust with a Band 6 (Agenda for Change) salary.

In addition, trainees have their full academic and programme fees funded and can access a bursary of up to £2,000 for additional training needs. In Wales, the programme, trainee salary and bursary are all funded by HEIW. The particular specialties funded in Wales each year depend on the workforce required by services across NHS Wales. Although specialties available can vary each year, the number of STP posts overall in Wales has significantly increased in recent years.

Applications for STP recruitment in Wales close on Monday 6th February 2023 at 5pm. Successful applicants will be invited to attend either a face-to-face or remote panel interview as indicated on the invitation.

Applicants can apply for a maximum of two posts to NHS Wales and must have an honours degree (1st or 2:1) in a pure or applied science area relevant to the specialism for which they are applying. Applicants with a relevant 2:2 degree will also be considered if they have an MSc or PhD in a specialist area.

Associate Director of Workforce Transformation for Healthcare Science at HEIW, Dr Sarah Bant, said:  "Our healthcare scientists are fundamental to NHS Wales and the discipline offers such a wide range of careers to choose from. From working in laboratories, improving health data and developing artificial intelligence, to running patient clinics, providing counselling and leading clinical research, the STP offers a rewarding training and career pathway to make a real difference to the NHS workforce and its patients."

Heather Gabriella, trainee clinical scientist in Genomics at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: "The STP gives you a lot of opportunities that you wouldn’t usually get as a student or employee and it’s the perfect career path for anyone who wants to use science to help others."

Further information about the STP in Wales can be found on our website.


STP posts in Wales:

**Applications for the Clinical Bioinformatics (Health Informatics) post will close on 20 February. This is due to a delay with the job advertisement going live on Trac due to unforeseen administration delays. 

Please use the above links to apply for your desired post(s) on the NHS Wales recruitment portal, Trac. Please note, applicants can apply for a maximum of two posts each.