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NHS Healthcare Scientist Training Programme

NHS Healthcare Scientist Training Programme

The NHS Healthcare Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a comprehensive work-based training programme. The programme equips healthcare scientists with up-to-date knowledge and skills to care for patients in the 21st century.

Great career prospects

If you are committed to improving the health of others by applying your science, a career as a healthcare scientist in the NHS could not be a more rewarding choice. It also offers plenty of scope for personal development, great career prospects and a wide range of opportunities to use specialist scientifics skills and interests for the benefit of patients.

Successful candidates will be employed as a 'trainee healthcare scientist' by an NHS trust. They will join a three year, fixed term, training programme of work-based and academic learning, undertaking a university accredited master's degree. Read about the salary and benefits for STP trainees

These training posts offer excellent broad based clinical scientific training across a range of rotations in different themed pathways before specialising in one area in the latter part of the training.

Successful trainees will be in a position to apply for NHS posts as healthcare scientists. Read about two students, Katharine Kenny and Rebecca Franses, who went through the STP course and find out about their experiences. 

How the training works

As part of the modernised national training scheme, NHS trusts are funded to offer salaried training posts in life sciences, physical sciences and biomedical engineering, or physiological sciences throughout England.

The healthcare science workforce is one of the most exciting and dynamic in the NHS. Healthcare scientists play a vital role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and the rehabilitation of patients. Their innovation and expertise help save lives and improve care and is crucial in helping the NHS to respond to the challenges of public and patient needs in the 21st century.

STP entry in 2014

Please note the information on this page relates to STP training provision in England and Wales only.

Applications for the 2014 training programme have now closed.

If you applied for 2014 entry and have questions that are not answered by our links to the various documents and FAQs below, please email hcsapplicants@wm.hee.nhs.uk 

STP entry in 2015

If you are considering applying for entry to the STP in 2015, you may wish to familiarise yourself with the information on this page that relates to STP recruitment in 2014**.

**Please be aware that there may be changes for 2015 entry and you will need to check the very latest information when the 2015 recruitment cycle opens.

Open days

Many of the organisations providing the training posts in 2014 ran open days during the recruitment round.

You can click here to find out where open days took place for 2014 entry 

Further information

Across the UK 

For details of any opportunities that might arise in Scotland, please visit the NHS Education for Scotland website.

Please note there was no planned recruitment of clinical scientists in Northern Ireland in 2014.