Why we need you

80-90% of all patient pathways in the NHS inevitably involve scientists; and as medicine and medical diagnosis becomes increasingly more reliant on the use of digital technology and genomics, the role of scientists will become increasingly more critical and central to patients.

We’re always actively looking for scientists to help train, recruit, assess, and most importantly, inspire and support other individuals into a healthcare career.

The roles

Recruitment shortlisting panel

As a recruitment shortlister you help us by reading applications for the commissioned training programmes online and scoring them using a matrix.

The purpose is to decide who should go forward to interview. You will look at questions such as qualifications, knowledge, and motivation.

The task is similar to shortlisting job applicants from an application form. It isn’t your decision alone: at least one other shortlister will look at each application, so there is a consensus. We try to ensure you do not have to review too great a number of applications, and we try to give you adequate time.

Recruitment interviewer

As a recruitment interviewer you participate in our national interview events for the commissioned healthcare science programmes.  Interviews take place in Birmingham, and you would normally attend for one day.

The applicants sit multiple mini-interviews at a series of stations, each with a panel of two.  Stations include general science, specialist science (in your own area of expertise), and leadership/management/values/behaviours.  As an interviewer you normally stay at the same station all day, and you might interview 20 or more applicants, with breaks in between batches.  You score them as you go, using a simple scoring system.

You don’t have to prepare: the questions are all written for you, and you will have a clear briefing before you start. You don’t have to do any follow-up or discussion afterwards, and you are not individually responsible for the outcomes: decisions are all made by the School on the basis of the scores.

Everything is organised for you and staff support are always at hand. We provide refreshments and lunch. Your fellow interviewers will nearly all be relatively senior fellow professionals – so this is also a great networking opportunity. And we will confirm your participation, which you can record as CPD.

Contributors for the STP OSFA

Each STP specialty has an OSFA team comprising station developers and assessors, co-ordinated by the Lead Station Writer; each role has a different level of commitment in terms of time and input.  We will provide full training.

As an OSFA assessor, you will be required to be available to attend the assessment centre, currently at the RCGP in London, to assess at one of the OSFA events each year.  You will see a range of trainees and mark their performances.

In addition, as station writer and/or assessor, you may be asked to support the process as standard setter and exam board panel member. Often specialists are involved in all roles.

We highly appreciate the commitment of OSFA contributors and will acknowledge this as continuing professional development (CPD).

Please provide a brief outline of your experience of STP and any educator/assessor roles undertaken in your submission; also include that you have the support of your department to commit your time for the OSFAs.  Your expression of interest will be forwarded to the Lead Station Writer for your specialty.

Curriculum review contributor

We are looking to form a Curriculum Review Group for each specialty, consisting of committed and engaged professionals. The purpose of this group is to write a scientifically relevant and current specialist curriculum that meets the appropriate standards and guidance.

The Curriculum Review Group will consist of Clinical Scientists, academics, professional body members, patient representatives and will be facilitated by the NSHCS. Within the group there will be several roles all contributing to the development of the Curriculum including:

  • Specialty Lead Editor (who will chair the meetings)
  • Specialty Writers
  • HEI Representative
  • Professional body representative
  • PPI Representative
  • Stakeholders – contributors who will provide feedback on the newly developed curricula through structured online surveys

For more information about each role, please click here.

If this project is something that you would like to get involved in, please complete our Expression of Interest Form.

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