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An ASP programme can be proposed by any employer providing Healthcare Science services. Once approval for ASP Programmes has been provided for a specialty area, additional ASP programmes can be proposed within the scope of the approved specialty proposal by submitting a Programme Proposal. An ASP Programme Proposal form should be submitted where an employer wishes to proposal a variation on an existing ASP programme with different programme content; the ASP Programme Proposal form confirms continued support from the Academic Provider and, where required, the Professional Body.

Guidance for submitting as ASP programme proposal

Evidence required:

  • Estimate of potential numbers of ASP trainees for Year 1 of the ASP programme.
    • Numbers for additional years should be provided where possible.

Evidence required for academic provider support

  • Evidence is required from at least one NSHCS accredited University that they have agreed to provide access to the academic teaching for the ASP Programme content for the numbers of trainees estimated for year one in the ASP Specialty Proposal.
  • NSHCS accredited Universities can be found in the Accreditation section of the website.
  • Evidence attached may include a headed email or letter from the University agreeing to deliver the content to ASP trainees.
  • The academic teaching and assessment must follow the appropriate approved NSCHS curricula for the ASP programme content. The delivery method for the academic curriculum content is at the University’s discretion; while it is anticipated ASP trainees will be taught alongside trainees from other NSHCS portfolio programmes other methods of delivery, such as distance learning, may be used.

Evidence required for Professional Body support

  • Evidence of support for the ASP programme in the form of a headed email or letter from the relevant Professional Body can be included where the Professional Body supports the proposal.

Submitting programme proposals

  • Proposal forms should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Programme Proposals must be received by 31st December, if no further information is required, the programme may be available for application and programme enrolment in the following calendar year.

Approval process for programme proposals

  • Proposals will be reviewed by the NSHCS; the viability of the Proposal will be assessed and the scientific coherence of the proposed programme content reviewed. The NSHCS may request more information to support the Proposal and make recommendations about the content of the programme(s).
  • Once approved, the Specialty Proposal and Programme Specifications will be made available on the NSHCS website to allow other employers to propose ASP programmes within this specialty area or to apply directly to the existing ASP programmes. (Please note, names and contact details will not be published).