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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 20th March 2020

In these unprecedented times we at the National School want to understand the many different concerns you have about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your education and training, on your future plans and on you personally.

Therefore, we want to reach out to you to find out more about your experience and your concerns. The information you provide will enable us to explore extra support the School can offer at this time.

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We would like to offer the following guidance regarding common questions from trainees, and for further information, please refer to the STP FAQs below.

HCPC COVID-19 temporary register

The HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) has established a temporary register to receive final year trainees in a range of healthcare professions, including those on the Scientist Training Programme.

View further details about the HCPC COVID-19 temporary register for 3rd year STP trainees

Advice from Trainees

We asked trainees for advice and tips on how to manage their training, academic study and wellbeing during this pandemic outbreak

Try and stay connected with your team - don't isolate yourself.

Keep to your work routine - get up early, be showered and dressed, finish on time.

Power through with professional practice competencies if you are first or second year, a lot of the learning outcomes can be met through self study.

If you are concerned, contact your Training Officer/ Supervisors/ University Course Organiser sooner rather than later.

If you have been redeployed, consider how the experience you have gained relates to the broad role and transferable skills of a clinical scientist and consider whether you can link your experience in some way with some of your competencies.

Keep yourself busy with whatever you can, get what competencies you can done (even if it's just the theory) and read up on things for next year.

Keep regular contact with your TO and/or mentor to keep them updated on your progress and any issues you're facing.

Looking after mental health is number 1 priority during times like these.

Keep in contact with your cohort of STP trainees, they will most likely be experiencing the same disruption as you.

If your normal work has decreased take this time to work on Professional Practice competencies.

The Headspace app is currently free of charge to all NHS staff. It is very useful for taking care of stress and anxiety during this time.