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The Scientist Training Programme Curriculum Content Review Project began in 2019. To help our stakeholders keep up to date with the progress we have created a visual and interactive tracker.

Through the tracker, you will be able to see how each specialty curriculum is progressing via the milestone completion boxes and by clicking on a specialty, you can see more detailed information such as relevant updates or any call to actions.

You can view the Curriculum Review Project Tracker here.

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 trainees who are ahead of you on the programme and who have recently completed their STP are a great source of advice about how to make a success of your training programme. Whenever you can, seek them out for advice.

Each year we survey trainees who are just finishing the programme and ask them what advice they would give to new trainees. Below, we summarise the key themes that emerged from the survey of trainees who completed in 2017.

Personal organisation and time management

The most common advice provided by recent STP graduates was about the importance of personal organisation and in particular the value of being proactive, of planning ahead and of protecting time for study and to write up competencies and university work. Figure 1 shows some of the typical comments.

Advice from STP graduates about personal organisation and time management 

Figure 1. Advice from STP graduates about personal organisation and time management

Working with your Training Officer and colleagues

This theme of the importance of being organised and proactive was also prominent in the advice trainees offered about how to make a success of your programme from the way in which you relate to your Training Officer and colleagues. In particular, trainees stressed the need to be polite and assertive with your Training Officer and colleagues and the real importance of frequent discussions and planning conversations with the people supporting you. Figure 2 provides examples of some of the commonly provided advice about working with colleagues.

Advice from STP graduates about working with your colleagues 

Figure 2. Advice from STP graduates about working with your colleagues

Conversations to make the most of the programme

A frequent emphasis in the advice trainees provided was that you can make a real difference to your training experience if you make the effort to ask questions, to network and to raise your concerns. These can be conversations with training officers, with fellow trainees or with university tutors. By being polite and proactive in the networks around you, inside and outside of the workplace, you can gain a lot, as suggested by the comments in Figure 3.

Advice from STP graduates about how to make the most of the programme 

Figure 3. Advice from STP graduates about how to make the most of the programme

Personal development and career opportunities

According to recent trainees, the tactics and behaviours that will help you succeed in the STP will also help you beyond the programme in your personal and career development. So, trainees stressed the value of proactively seeking out and creating opportunities to learn and practice new skills and to gain a really broad range of clinical experiences. Figure 4 provides a representative range of trainee comments.

Advice from STP graduates about personal development and career opportunities 

Figure 4. Advice from STP graduates about personal development and career opportunities

Trainees joining the Scientist Training Programme (STP) will need to attend this key event as part of their induction to the training programme.

You will get to hear about how to complete assessments and competencies; fellow trainees will talk about the training programme and training officers will share how they conduct work based training in the departments. You will also hear about how the work of healthcare scientists impacts directly on patient care and service delivery in the NHS.

This event is a fantastic opportunity for all new trainees to find out more about the programme and to network with the School, trainee networks, professional bodies and the universities as well as with other new trainees. 

Details about the Induction Day for 2019 trainees will be released nearer the time.

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