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Applying to the programme

Applications to the HSST programme are now closed. The information below is for reference only.

Follow these steps to help you through the application process for the HSST. These steps can be used for both direct entry and in-service applications, which are both made via the online application portal Oriel.

Please do not have Oriel open in more than one tab within a single browser. Doing so will cause accidental data changes to be made when a save occurs in one of these tabs. We would also like to recommend that users access Oriel through Internet Explorer (Internet Explorer 11 or Internet Explorer Edge).

Step 1 - Register on Oriel the online application portal

  • Create your Oriel user account via the 'not a registered user' option. You can create your account as early as you like but you will only be able to apply once the vacancy goes live.
  • After you have created your user account, fill in some personal details via the 'proceed to applicant registration' option. This will save you some time when completing your application as the information you enter is used to automatically populate parts of your application form. If you don't do this you can still apply for a vacancy but you will need to enter your personal details during your application.

Step 2 - Search for a vacancy

  • Login to Oriel
  • Click on the vacancies tab and under 'specialty' select Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme, next under 'post type' select healthcare science. Make sure you select the correct post type as there will be two to choose from; one for the direct entry and one for the in-service entry.
  • If you are an in-service applicant you will have been nominated by your current NHS employer and will have received a code from your employer, which you will need to complete your application form.
  • Direct entry applicants don't require a code for their form.

Step 3 - Check the opening and closing dates

  • The application opening and closing dates will be published when the HSST opens for the 2018 intake.

Step 4 - Complete your application and choose your post location and preferred specialism

  • Your application will require personal, academic, work experience, employment and equality and diversity details. You will also be required to complete a set of questions to demonstrate your suitability, understanding and motivation for applying to the programme.
  • Direct entry applicants have a choice of one specialism however you can choose multiple locations/employers as is available. You will be asked to give your preference of specialism during the application. If you are shortlisted and invited to interview you will then be asked to choose your preferred location/employer.
  • In service applicants do not have to choose a location or specialism. You are only eligible to apply for the post that is being sponsored by your current employer. You will have to provide evidence that your employer has given permission for you to apply to the programme and you will also have to email copies of your academic qualifications eg. a degree certificate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the closing date.
  • If you answer 'yes' to any of the 'Fitness to practise' questions you will need to send supporting information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the closing date. Make sure that you answer these questions correctly as your application could be rejected if any answers are wrong.

What happens next?

Shortlisting for the direct entry applications will take place and applicants will be informed. In service applicants are not included in the shortlisting as you are not eligible for any of the direct entry posts. An in service applicant that meets the criteria will be invited to attend the interviews.