Training, development and registration (respiratory physiology and sleep sciences)
Your training depends on the level at which you enter this area of healthcare science.
Training and education programmes
The education and training you’ll take will depend upon the level at which you are working.
- To enter through the NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) you’ll need to take a full-time (usually 3-year) accredited integrated BSc degree in healthcare science (respiratory and sleep physiology) at university. At least 50 weeks of workplace-based training in the NHS is included in these programmes. For the most up-to-date list of accredited BSc healthcare science degrees, please use our course finder. Applications for full-time courses are made through UCAS.
- If you’re a graduate entering 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 clinical science (cardiac, vascular respiratory and sleep sciences).
- if you’re entering Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) you’ll study towards doctoral level qualifications.
Programmes are often supported by the development of workplace-based assessment tools, assessment of equivalent learning and the development of academic careers.
Find out more about the entry requirements, skills and interests required to enter a career in respiratory physiology and sleep science.
Continuing professional development
No matter what level you’re working at, as part of your development you’ll 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.
Many healthcare science roles require registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). For those parts of the workforce not regulated by the HCPC, professional voluntary registers are in operation.
As a healthcare science practitioner in respiratory physiology and sleep science, you can join voluntary register maintained by the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS).
Find out more about the Academy's voluntary register for healthcare science practitioners.
For registration as a clinical scientist, you must hold an Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) Certificate of Attainment granted upon completion of the MSC Scientist Training Programme or AHCS Certificate of Equivalence.
Find out more about the Academy's Certificates on its website.
Please check individual job vacancy details for information when applying.