In response to the challenges posed by the very variable disruption to training caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the School has liaised with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Health Education England (HEE) and trainees and training officers to ensure that completion pathways are attainable and that all trainees are treated fairly and not disadvantaged.
Whilst all elements of the current curriculum are considered to be appropriate and important, it is recognised that, during the pandemic, it has not been possible for all trainees to access all competencies and training opportunities, and that this disruption has been variable across specialisms, cohorts and training departments. Reasons for this include trainees and training officers being redeployed or working remotely, services paused, social distancing policies or pressures of work. The aim has been to facilitate completion for trainees that can demonstrate their readiness to practice, ensuring that patient safety is protected and that trainees can enter the workplace safely as entry-level Clinical Scientists.
Following this year’s Midterm Review of Progression (MRP) and discussions with trainees and training officers, we have considered the completion requirements for those graduating in 2022. For this cohort, rotations were badly disrupted by the pandemic. We provided advice to trainees and training officers regarding flexibility of these modules, both in terms of length of rotations and ways to deliver and assess them, and we are pleased to note that some trainees have been able to complete their rotations and these have been signed-off. We recognise the hard work that has gone into this, and the knowledge and experiences gained will undoubtedly benefit all-round development as a Clinical Scientist. However, we are aware that for many trainees access to some competencies has not been possible to date, and completing these in the final year will come at the expense of the specialist training. We have considered this in our discussions around Completion 2022 and have amended the process accordingly.
A decision regarding completion criteria for 2023 will be made after the 2022 Midterm Review of Progression.