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Latest statements

Statement updated 7th July 2020

Joint statement from the School and Universities about study time for trainees

The National School of Healthcare Science, in collaboration with colleagues at all STP and HSST provider universities, would like to clarify the position for 2020/21 in relation to study time for trainees.

Preparations are under way for the start of the next academic year and there may be changes to the way teaching is delivered by the universities, at least initially. Each university will inform its own students how their programme will be delivered.

Where teaching is delivered online rather than face to face, the amount of time dedicated to study should be the same as for previous cohorts of trainees. Trainees this year will need the same number of hours released for study as they would have had for the face to face teaching.

In addition to this, trainees will still need 20% of their time as protected private study time throughout the programme.

It is a requirement of the programme that all trainees engage with the prescribed learning and that employers respect the trainee’s supernumerary status and ensure study time is provided. At the beginning of the programme, as soon as the teaching arrangements are known, trainees and training officers should agree between them how sufficient time will be allocated for study.

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.