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Accreditation for higher education institutions (HEIs)

The accreditation team is responsible for the accreditation of academic programmes for the Practitioner Training Programme (PTP), the Scientist Training Programme (STP) and the Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST).

The team follows rigorous and comprehensive processes to ensure that all the programmes are of the highest quality in terms of academic content and standards, student experience and patient focus.

Accreditation of academic programmes follows a four year cycle. New offerings will be scrutinised by an accreditation panel consisting of a Chair, a scientific advisor, a lay/patient representative and a member of the accreditation team. Once the HEI has demonstrated that the relevant learning outcomes and quality standards have been met, the programme will be accredited. Annual monitoring will take place, with a formal panel review visit two years into the accreditation period. After the four year period has ended, re-accreditation will be required.

Programmes for the STP and HSST are commissioned by Health Education England. Undergraduate programmes for the PTP are open HEFCE-funded programmes and may in principle be offered by any HEI able to meet the requirements. If you represent a Higher Education Institution (HEI) and wish to deliver an undergraduate degree for the PTP, please send an expression of intent together with an accreditation submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Guidelines for HEIs on delivering the programmes

Changes to an accredited programme

If you make changes to a programme that has already been accredited by the School, you must inform us as soon as possible. In particular we need to know about any changes made to:

  • academic content
  • teaching methods
  • admissions
  • programme management
  • resources
  • curriculum
  • assessment.

PTP programmes will also need to inform us of any changes made to work-based provision.

Major changes could result in a re-examination of the accreditation, this would normally involve a desktop review with independent advisors but in some cases could lead to a panel visit.

Please complete the relevant change notification form for HEIs and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.