NHS Scientist Training Programme
The NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) may be for you if you are a science or engineering graduate.
You can train to work in a senior healthcare science role in one of the following areas:
- clinical bioinformatics (including genomics, physical sciences and health informatics)
- life sciences (including andrology, clinical biochemistry, clinical immunology, genetics, haematology/transfusion science, histocompatibility and immunogenetics, histopathology, microbiology, reproductive science and genetic counselling)
- physical sciences and biomechanical engineering (including clinical engineering (eg rehabilitation engineering), clinical pharmaceutical science, medical physics (eg nuclear medicine, radiotherapy physics, radiation safety, imaging (ionising), imaging (non-ionising), MRI and ultrasound) and reconstructive science)
- physiological sciences (including audiology, cardiac science, critical care science, gastrointestinal physiology, neurophysiology, respiratory and sleep science, urodynamic science and vascular science)
You'll be employed on a fixed-term contract and paid a salary during your training.
The STP lasts for three years and involves:
- approved and accredited workplace-based training (you'll usually spend the first year in a range of settings and then specialise in the last two years)
- gaining a master’s degree in your chosen area of work
Once you have completed the STP, you will be eligible to apply for suitable healthcare science posts as a clinical scientist.
For entry you must have at least a 2:1 honours degree (or relevant postgraduate qualification if you have a 2:2 degree) in a pure or applied science or engineering subject that's relevant to your chosen specialism. Applicants will include those successfully graduating from the NHS Practitioner Training Programme.
There’s a lot of competition for places and it’s helpful if you have some research experience.
Recruitment closed for 2017 entry
The recruitment process for the NHS Scientist Training Programme is administered by the National School for Healthcare Science. The recruitment process for 2017 entry has now closed, although you can still view details of the STP on the School's website including the following:
- details of the programme
- information about which specialisms were available
- the application process
- the interview process
- case studies
- important documents
Applications to the NHS Scientist Training Programme for entry in 2018 are likely to open in January 2018. For the latest details about 2018 entry, follow Health Careers on Twitter @HealthCareersUK, keep checking this webpage and the National School's website.