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I'm a Clinical Scientist/specialty expert involved in delivering the STP. How can I contribute to the curriculum content review project?

You can have a hands-on role reviewing curricula and writing curriculum content through the Specialty Curriculum Review Groups. We’ll be recruiting Specialty Lead Editors to lead the review and Specialty Writers to review and draft content. We’ll be recruiting for Specialty Lead Editors throughout the project. Keep an eye on our news feed and Twitter for the latest specialities going through review. If you’re interested in taking part, you can express your interest in either role here.

You can provide feedback on the Curriculum Library and your curriculum through the feedback option in the Curriculum Library. We will take your comments forward as we review each speciality curriculum.

We need your feedback on updated curricula. Once an updated curriculum has been drafted, feedback on the curriculum is invited from all stakeholders. We’ll publish the feedback survey through our website. We’ll contact everyone who expressed interest in the review of the specialty curricula. If you would like to be notified when the survey is available, please express your interest or check back to see which specialties have been reviewed and need your feedback.

I'm a trainee on the STP. How can I contribute to the curriculum content review project?

You can provide feedback on the Curriculum Library and your curriculum through the feedback option in the Curriculum Library. We will take your comments forward as we review each speciality curriculum.

We need your feedback on updated curricula. Once an updated curriculum has been drafted, feedback on the curriculum is invited from all stakeholders. We’ll publish the feedback survey through our website. We’ll contact everyone who expressed interest in the review of the specialty curricula. If you would like to be notified when the survey is available, please express your interest or check back to see which specialties have been reviewed and need your feedback.

I'm involved in workforce planning. How can I contribute to the curriculum content review project?

We need your feedback on updated curricula. We need to make sure curricula are delivering the Healthcare Science workforce of the future with all the skills and knowledge Clinical Scientists will need. Once an updated curriculum has been drafted, feedback on the curriculum is invited from all stakeholders.

We’ll publish the feedback survey through our website. We’ll contact everyone who expressed an interest in the review of any specialty curricula. If you would like to be notified when the survey is available, please express your interest or check back to see which specialties have been reviewed and need your feedback.

I'm a patient or member of the public. How can I contribute to the curriculum content review project?

We need your input to make sure patients are at the heart of the Scientist Training Programme. Once an updated curriculum has been drafted, feedback on the curriculum is invited from all stakeholders.

We’ll publish the feedback survey through our website. We’ll contact everyone who expressed an interest in the review of the specialty curricula. If you would like to be notified when the survey is available, please express your interest or check back to see which specialties have been reviewed and need your feedback.

I'm a trainee on the STP, how will the curriculum content review project affect me?

Making sure your training gets you ready to work at the highest level in healthcare, understanding and advising on the most recent advances in technology and innovations is vitally important. Reviewing and developing a curriculum to these high standards takes time. If you’re currently on the STP it is unlikely that you will be affected by curriculum review. If you will be affected, we will be in touch to let you know when and how your training will change.

We want to know what you think of the STP, your feedback helps us shape the curriculum and the programme. See how you can contribute to STP Curriculum Content Review Project and do look out for other opportunities to give your feedback.

I'm thinking of applying to the STP, how will the curriculum content review project affect me?

You’re the future of healthcare science. We’re working hard to make sure your training equips you with all the skills and knowledge you need to work at the highest level in healthcare. You can view the curriculum for all STP specialties in the Curriculum Library. The STP programme structure will stay the same but there may be changes to the content of your curriculum before you start your training. We’ll publish updated curriculum in the Curriculum Library. Any updates we do make, will ensure your training is at the cutting edge of your specialty.

I'm involved in delivering the STP in the workplace. How will the curriculum content review project affect me?

We’ll be in touch to let you know when an updated curriculum is ready to be used for training. Our accreditation team will need will work through the changes with you and will provide guidance nearer the time.

I'm involved in delivering the STP at a University. How will the curriculum content review project affect me?

We’ll be in touch to let you know when an updated curriculum is ready to be used for training. We’re aware you’ll have your own processes for managing change in your institution. Our accreditation team will work through the changes with you and will provide guidance nearer the time.

How will the curriculum look after the review?

The structure for the STP will be the same. We’ll be updating the content not the programme structure. Through the STP Improvement Review, you told us you were happy with the overall design of the STP. You can see an overview of the elements of your curriculum and find specialty curricula in the Curriculum Library.

How will STP improvement review feed into the STP curriculum content review project?

Over 1,000 trainees responded to the STP Improvement Review carried out in 2018. Since the Review report was released we’ve been working towards putting the recommendations into practice. Based on your feedback, we’ll be making some changes to Rotation modules. We want to make sure the Rotation modules give an insight into the current and future working practices of the specialties you’ll be working alongside, giving context to your role as a Clinical Scientist.

Why patient and public involvement in Curriculum is so important

Healthcare scientists make a real difference to patients every day. They are involved in 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS and developing some of the most amazing clinical and technological advancements in patient care. Patients are at the heart of everything healthcare scientists do. To make sure this is represented in our training programme, we will be embedding patient representatives in the review of our curriculum.

How to get involved in the Scientist Training Programme Curriculum Content Review Project

We are forming a Curriculum Review Patient and Public Involvement Group who will work with us throughout the Review Project. Review Group members will work alongside subject experts’ reviewing curriculum content, offering lay guidance and insight from the patient and public viewpoint.

Once a curriculum has been reviewed, we will be asking for feedback on the updated curriculum from all stakeholders. By taking the views of all stakeholders into consideration we can make sure the curriculum meets the needs of the specialty workforce, health service, patients and public. Please keep an eye on our news feed if you’d like to contribute or complete our short survey to express an interest in joining the review.

Following on from the Curriculum Content Review project, we will be introducing processes to make sure the curriculum is always up to date and at the forefront of the specialty practice. We will ensure the patient and public viewpoint is embedded in these processes as we develop them.

The Scientist Training Programme Curriculum Content Review Project began in 2019. Curricula will be reviewed by theme to make sure related curricula are updated at the same time. We’ll be working on a number of themes at any one time. We will keep you up to date through our curriculum news feed, so please check back for the latest updates.

We will be recruiting experienced Clinical Scientists for each STP specialty to act as Lead Editors. The Lead Editor will head a Specialty Curriculum Review Group. The Review Group will be facilitated by the School and it will include:

  • Clinical Scientists;
  • Academics;
  • Professional body members;
  • Patient representatives.

The Review Group will draft an updated specialty curriculum. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the draft. The Review Group will consider the comments and amend the curriculum as necessary. We will be asking for your input, so please keep an eye on our news feed for more information or complete our short survey to express an interest in contributing to the review.

The finalised curriculum is then approved by the regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC will make sure updated curriculum follows the standards of Good Scientific Practice and trainees following the programme will meet all the requirements for registration as a Clinical Scientist.

We will carefully manage the roll out of updated curriculum to make sure everyone understands what they need to do and how the change will affect them. We will also be introducing processes to make sure the curricula are kept under review and are regularly updated.

The National School of Healthcare Science is responsible for curricula for the Practitioner and Scientist Training Programme (PTP and STP) and Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) programme. Curricula focus on practical learning in the workplace and academic learning at University, providing a career pathway for Healthcare Scientists.

Healthcare Scientists work at the highest level in healthcare, developing some of the most amazing clinical and technological advancements in patient care. Their work contributes to the highest levels of human knowledge and skills used to save lives and improve health, ensuring the NHS can deliver its constitutional commitment to ‘work at the limits of science’. Our curricula need to ensure our trainees can meet this commitment, that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to engage at the forefront of their specialty and that they can drive innovation in patient care forward.

Our aim is to provide scientifically robust, future proofed curricula managed through a process of systematic review to continuously enhance the quality of learning.

Our vision is to train Healthcare Scientists who can meet the challenges of today’s health service and embrace the technologies of tomorrow.

We’ll be developing and introducing a curricula review process to meet this aim, initially focusing on STP from mid-2019 onward. Keep an eye on our dedicated news channel to keep up to date with our progress.

The Curriculum Library hosts STP and HSST curricula, alongside introductions to our PTP, STP and HSST curriculum.

Current curricula

The STP and HSST curricula are now available online via the NSHCS Curriculum Library. If you have any queries concerning the curricula please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Good Scientific Practice (GSP) sets out the principles, values and the standards of behaviour and practise for the Healthcare Science workforce. These standards and values must be achieved and maintained in the delivery of work activities, the provision of care and personal conduct. GSP is contextualised for roles within Healthcare Science by the Standards of Proficiency for Healthcare Science Practitioners, Standards of Proficiency for Clinical Scientists and Standards of Proficiency for Higher Specialist Scientists.

The HCPC Standards of Proficiency are the professional standards which every Clinical Scientist must meet in order to become registered, and must continue to meet in order to maintain their registration. All STP curricula are designed to meet these Standards and successful completion will lead to award of a Certificate of Equivalence or a Certificate of Attainment by the AHCS which can be submitted to HCPC to register as a Clinical Scientist.