Our responsibilities

The School has national responsibility for the management of the educational framework for training and development of healthcare scientists across more than 40 specialties in the NHS.

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Overview

The School is part of Health Education England (HEE) and has national responsibility for the management of the educational framework for training and development of healthcare scientists across more than 40 specialties in the NHS, from apprentices to consultant grade. The education and training is delivered by scientists working across the NHS and beyond, and has pioneered national scientist training in the UK, producing scientists who are changing patient and clinical outcomes, contributing to multi-professional working and leading in many areas of innovation and translational research in the NHS.

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Programmes

We support the community of healthcare scientists (HCS) delivering education and training in the UK and work with them to produce HCS who are changing patient and clinical outcomes, contributing to multi-professional working and new ways of integrated working, and are leading in many areas of innovation and translational research within the NHS. The healthcare science training programmes hosted by the School are:

One of our major responsibilities is in managing the education and training on our Scientist Training Programme (STP) and Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) Programme.

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Fellowships

Healthcare Science Innovation Fellowships

We work across the healthcare science education and training system to support initiatives linked to national programmes such as cancer or workforce shortages – we are changing cancer care through medical devices, apps and other healthcare technologies to benefit people living with cancer in primary and secondary care.

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What we do

We facilitate several areas of work; we manage the annual national recruitment activities, we accredit all universities and workplaces delivering healthcare science programmes, we develop and review the curricula, we carry out the national assessment strategy including delivery of the final assessment and we provide support and assistance to trainees and their training officers throughout their training.

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Team contacts

All general enquiries should be sent to nshcs@hee.nhs.uk. To contact one of the teams directly please visit our contact us page for further details. You can find out who is in each of the teams, in our who we are section.

Last updated on 14th July 2022