NHS Higher Specialist Scientist Training

If you are a registered and experienced clinical scientist, you may be interested in training to become a consultant healthcare scientist.

Consultant healthcare scientists improve patient care by applying their specialist scientific skills.

What does the training scheme involve?

  • a five-year programme at a similar standard to medical specialty training
  • work-based training and study at doctorate level
  • possibly gaining Medical Royal College qualifications (eg fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists).

What opportunities are there?

It can be possible to find posts in:

  • clinical bioinformatics
  • life sciences
  • physical sciences and biomedical engineering
  • physiological sciences

Click on the boxes below to find out more about each area and find out more about the different healthcare science roles.

How do I get a place?

There are two ways to get on to an HSST programme:

  • direct entry - apply for a newly advertised post in an accredited training department
  • in-service training - be nominated by your employer to move into an existing post

How do I apply?

Applications are made in spring, for entry later the same year.

For the very latest information about important dates, please check the National School of Healthcare Science website

For 2019 entry, the recruitment window is due to open at 13:00 on Monday 25 March 2019.

Direct entry applicants must submit their completed application by no later than 17:00 on Tuesday 23 April 2019.  

In service applicants must submit their application by 17:00 on Wednesday 15 May 2019.  

No late applications will be accepted.

Find out more about HSST and apply through the National School of Healthcare Science website

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