Training, development and registration (reproductive science and andrology)
Your training will depend on the level at which you're working and whether you decide to specialise in reproductive science or andrology.
Training and development
The initial training you’ll receive depends on the level at which you enter the NHS.
- as a graduate entering the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) you will be employed in a fixed-term, salaried training post. As an STP trainee in reproductive science, you will study towards a Master's degree in clinical science (cellular sciences - reproductive science) or in clinical science (andrology) as an STP trainee in andrology.
- if you're entering Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) you will study towards doctoral level qualifications.
Programmes are 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 undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to show that you are keeping yourself up to date with the policies and procedures in your area of work.
Accredited Scientific Practice- development opportunities for healthcare science staff
Accredited Scientific Practice (ASP) provides an additional route for your ongoing professional and scientific development as part of the healthcare science (HCS) workforce. ASP allows employers to develop bespoke, responsive, short course programmes to meet training needs within the HCS workforce. ASP programmes provide you with a quality assured, rigorously assessed qualification which can lead to voluntary professional registration with the Academy for Healthcare Sciences (AHCS).
An ASP programme involves work based learning with academic study of modules from the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) portfolio programmes. Access to an e-portfolio is provided to record learning in the workplace while associated academic study is completed independently through an accredited university provider. In some cases, completion of academic study may also lead to an award of a postgraduate qualification from the university provider.
To work as a clinical scientist, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
You must also 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.