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Scientist Training Programme (STP) in Wales

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three-year, graduate entry training programme of work based and academic learning that is run across the UK by the National School of Healthcare Science. This leads to senior scientist roles in the NHS and registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as a Clinical Scientist.

In Wales, STP trainees are employed by an NHS Wales organisation on a 3 year contract with salary during their training, have their full programme fees funded and can access a bursary of up to £2,000 for additional training too. The salary, funding and bursary are provided by Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) in line with the needs of the services across NHS Wales. Healthcare Scientists in Wales have been instrumental in setting up the Scientist Training Programme and in delivering modernised scientific careers across the UK. There are numerous national developments underway across Wales with opportunities for trainees to become involved, both during training and in your future career.

For more information, watch this video: An introduction to the Scientist Training Programme (STP) in Wales.

If you are considering applying to the Scientist Training Programme or would like to find out more about the scheme, prospective students can attend department open days to learn more about what to expect. For upcoming open days, click here.

Listen to the National School of Healthcare Science podcast here: stream NSHCS podcast. 


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