Training, development and registration (clinical perfusion science)

Training is undertaken while in service.

Training and development

Once in a post as a trainee clinical perfusion scientist, you’ll follow a period of in-service training, incorporating practical experience under supervision and academic study towards a postgraduate qualification level (either - a postgraduate diploma or an MSc in clinical perfusion science) at the University of Bristol.

You’ll be paid by your employer during this period.

Find out more about the MSc Perfusion Science at the University of Bristol

On successful completion of the postgraduate qualification, you’ll be eligible to take the professional examination: the Certificate of Accreditation in Basic Clinical Perfusion Sciences. This enables you to practise independently as a fully competent clinical perfusion scientist.

Find out more about the entry requirements, skills and interests required to enter a career in clinical perfusion science.

  • Continuing professional development

    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.

    Find out more general information about professional development

    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.

    Read more about ASP on the NSHCS website.


    Clinical perfusion science is covered by professional voluntary registration, as the role is not currently subject to statutory regulation. Contact the Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland for further details.

    Please check individual job vacancy details for information when applying.

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