Training, development and registration (clinical bioinformatics - physical sciences)
You enter bioinformatics - physical sciences through the NHS Scientist Training Programme.
Training and development
If you enter the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) you’ll be employed in a fixed-term, salaried training post and will study towards a Master's degree qualification in bioinformatics (physical sciences).
Programmes are often supported by the development of workplace-based assessment tools, assessment of equivalent learning and the development of academic careers.
Continuing professional development
No matter what level you are working at, as part of your development you will be expected to do continuing professional development (CPD) to show that you are keeping yourself up to date with the policies and procedures in your area of work.
CPPD for healthcare science staff
The Accredited Scientific Practice (ASP) programme provides the opportunity to regularise the approach and develop a formalised model of structured continuing personal and professional (CPPD) in healthcare science, driven by the service and employers. It provides you with a transparent education and training CPPD framework linked to academic qualifications and quality assured work-based training.
To keep abreast of the introduction of new scientific and technological developments, employers will require you to develop new knowledge and technical skills. ASP, an innovative and well defined programme of professional development, will:
- address the fast pace of change in science and technology by ensuring that new and required technical, specialist and expert skills (beyond those acquired through the formal Modernising Scientific Careers programmes) are provided through focused and quality assured work-based and academic programmes;
- address specific workforce, service and patient needs;
- support the appropriate and focused continuous learning and development of the healthcare science workforce.
As a clinical scientist, you’ll be required to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
You’ll also need to hold an Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) Certificate of Attainment granted upon completion of the MSC Scientist Training Programme or AHCS Certificate of Equivalence.
Please check individual job vacancy details for information when applying.