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Healthcare science training

Healthcare science training

Careers and training in healthcare science have been revitalised by the Modernising Scientific Careers programme. Training is more consistent and patient focused, allowing trainees at all levels to gain practical and engaging workplace experience as soon as they start, coupled with academic learning.

Education and Training Programmes

There are training programmes at four main career levels for the healthcare science workforce.

These are supported by workplace-based assessment tools, assessment of equivalent learning and development of academic careers.

Read more information about the training at associate/assistant level

NHS Practitioner Training Programme

Undergraduate training for the NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) will lead to an approved and accredited BSc honours degree in one of five themes of healthcare science:

  • cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences (cardiac physiology, respiratory and sleep physiology)
  • neurosensory sciences (audiology, neurophysiology, ophthalmic and vision science)
  • life sciences (blood sciences, infection sciences, tissue and cellular diagnostics, genetic )
  • medical physics technology (radiotherapy physics, radiation physics, nuclear medicine)
  • clinical engineering (medical engineering, radiation engineering, renal technology, rehabilitation engineering).

Learning will be delivered through approved and accredited BSc honours degrees that integrate academic learning and workplace-based training. These degrees will include 50 weeks of workplace-based training over three years with a broad scientific training in the first two years, followed by specialisation in year 2 or 3.

Read more information about the Practitioner Training Programme

NHS Scientist Training Programme

Postgraduate training for the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) will lead to a specifically commissioned and accredited master's degree and certification of workplace-based training following one of several themed pathways:

Learning is delivered through approved and accredited three years of workplace-based training, with the first year in a range of settings before specialisation. Scientist trainees will also be required to undertake a specifically commissioned master's degree in their chosen area.

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NHS higher specialist scientific training

The Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme (HSST) is a five-year workplace-based training programme supported by an underpinning doctoral-level academic programme and, where appropriate, Royal College qualifications.

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