Statement updated on 14th May 2020
At the NSHCS we are aware that all trainees have been affected differently by the impact of COVID-19 and we are reaching out to you help us understand how we can support you during this time.
We are asking all trainees to please respond to our survey to help us understand the current impact of COVID-19 on your training. It should take no more than 5 minutes of your time to complete.
Statement updated on 11th May 2020
We know you are worried and dealing with the impact of covid-19 on your education, training and personal lives. The National School working in collaboration with the universities, want to reassure you that our unified aim is to support you to continue your training; to complete your portfolio, clinical and academic work; and enable you to complete your training programme within the planned timeframe, and continue with your professional career. We understand that covid-19 has had an impact across all years of training and the school and the universities are working to ensure that no one is disadvantaged as a result. The arrangements universities are putting in place are with the agreement of the National School. Although in the first instance we have had to focus on the processes to support completing trainees and admission to the programmes in 2020, we are thinking about all of you at an earlier stage in your training, and how best to support you going forward.
The National School is in frequent contact with the HEIs, and the work of accrediting workplace training providers and supporting trainees who come to us with issues or concerns continues.
Please continue to review the usual communications from the universities and the School on our websites, by email and social media, for regular updates and information about joint webinars and Q & A sessions.
These are certainly unprecedented times and everyone is having to adapt at a pace and scale we have not previously seen in clinical and academic services. We want to thank all STP and HSST trainees for your professionalism and resilience, the very characteristics of clinical scientists.
Statement updated on 1st April 2020
Healthcare scientists of all specialties are playing a vital role in the battle against COVID-19. The testing of potential COVID-19 patients is being developed, assessed, performed and interpreted by healthcare scientists in life sciences. Physical scientists such as clinical engineers are working on the rapid deployment and configuration of additional ventilators and other newly acquired equipment. Physiological scientists, including critical care, cardiac and respiratory scientists are playing a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with COVID-19. We are hearing many stories of how scientists in adjacent specialties, such as medical physicists, who manage imaging and scanning equipment and services, working long hours to support their clinical engineering colleagues in the setting up of new and redeployed equipment.
Thank you all for the incredible work that you are doing at this very challenging time. We are aware that HSSTs have already been volunteering to redeploy to other clinical specialties in order to support essential services. The NSHCS is supportive of all trainees who are able to support their colleagues across the NHS at this time.
We are working closely with the Chief Scientific Officer’s office in NHSE to identify the transferable skills of healthcare scientists across the many specialties so that healthcare scientists can be upskilled and redeployed.
Statement updated on 26th March 2020
During the exceptional circumstances that we find ourselves in, your personal safety and that of patients and colleagues is paramount. HEE and the NSHCS recognises that clinical service delivery may demand your time and that of your workplace supervisor and others supporting your training. We understand that this may result in your schedule for workplace based training and academic learning being affected.
We are in contact with MAHSE and understand that elements of the academic teaching are being offered online where possible and some assessments can also be completed remotely so you may be able to access these. It is possible for some HSST trainees that you may have the opportunity to gather unexpected evidence for the workplace-based requirements of this programme, if this is the case, we would encourage you to do so.
The NSHCS is supportive of HSST trainees who are able to continue training at this time while also realising that, for many of you, time for training is restricted or non-existent just now. This is a daily changing picture and we know that you will be managing your time to support the priorities that arise in your department and Trust.
The recent RCPath update also links to this NSHCS statement and FAQs.
Please continue to refer to responses to FAQs listed below for updates to help guide you.