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Any employer providing Healthcare Science services can sponsor an employee to undertake an ASP Programme. Programme Specifications for available ASP Programmes can be found on the available programmes page. If the available ASP programmes do not meet the identified needs, new ASP programme can be proposed by any employer providing Healthcare Science services; see proposing an ASP programme.

ASP programmes will follow the academic year with all trainees beginning the work based programme at the start of the academic year. For ASP Programmes at STP level, trainees will undertake OSFA in the summer of their final year of the programme. The Application form and Learning Agreement and must be received by NSCHS by 30th April to begin the programme in September of the same calendar year.  

ASP Application process

Timeline for ASP application

Applying for ASP

Any employer providing Healthcare Science services can sponsor an employee to undertake an ASP Programme. Applications for available ASP programmes can be made by submitting the Applications and Learning Agreement. Applications must be received by 30th April to begin the programme in September of the same calendar year.

Guidance for applying to an ASP programme

  • Programme specifications for ASP programmes available for application will be published on the NSCHS website.
  • Any employer providing Healthcare Science services can nominate an employee to join an ASP programme.
  • Employer sponsors are responsible for approving the trainee’s enrolment on the programme based on their existing qualifications and experience. The NSHCS will not enforce or undertake independent checks of any qualifications, experience or pre-requisites suggested in ASP programme aim.
  • The employer and trainee must read, sign and return the Learning and Data Sharing Agreement to demonstrate they have understood their respective responsibilities in undertaking an ASP programme. The employer will complete the Agreement as part of the application process and trainee as part of the enrolment process at the beginning of the academic year. (Employers may also wish to put a separate training agreement in place with the trainee and should be guided by their trust or institutions local training and development processes.)
  • Employers are responsible for nominating a suitably qualified training officer for each trainee and provision of essential resources and support to enable to the trainee to successfully complete the programme, as outlined in the Learning Agreement. Training officers must be practising at the appropriate level and specialty for the ASP programme, for STP level ASP programme Training Officers must be registered Clinical Scientists. Nominated Training Officers may attend training provided by NSHCS at an additional cost per training session, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.
  • Trainees may enrol at any NSHCS accredited University currently providing the relevant curriculum. Enrolment at the University is the responsibility of the Employer and Trainee. Academic study must be carried out within the same timeframe as the ASP Programme.
  • Applications to enrol on an ASP programme can be made by completing the Application form and Learning Agreement and must be received by NSCHS by 30th April to begin the programme in September of the same calendar year.
  • ASP programmes will follow the academic year with all trainees beginning the work based programme at the start of the academic year. For ASP Programmes at STP level, trainees will undertake OSFA in the summer of their final year of the programme.
  • Once an application has been submitted, if the Trainee is unable to take up their place to undertake the ASP programme in September, the cost of the programme will be refunded, minus an administration fee. Notification that a trainee is unable to undertake the programme must be received by 1st September of the year the programme begins to qualify for a refund.
  • If fees or any other required information and/or documentation are outstanding at the start of the ASP programme, this may jeopardise enrolment on the programme.
  • The Application form and Learning and Data Sharing Agreement for Employers can be completed online.
  • A copy of the Learning and Data Sharing Agreement for all parties is provided for reference only.