Guidance on workplace evidence for HSST trainees

Last Updated: 17th September 2020

Across the 5 year programme, you are required to build up a portfolio of evidence of activity in the workplace.

Portfolio of evidence

A portfolio of evidence is a collection of documents that you are required to compile to show competence against a set of learning outcomes and to an appropriate standard.

You will need to demonstrate, through the presentation of evidence, that you can meet the requirements of the HSST programme and you will do this by organising evidence within an e-portfolio. The portfolio helps you, with support from your Workplace Supervisor, to collect evidence systematically.

Whilst the e-portfolio will take effort and time to complete, it is also a means of demonstrating your particular strengths and achievements to others.

The portfolio should be developed along with your achievements and take on a dynamic role as:

  • a record of achievements to date
  • a proof of competence and knowledge
  • a resource bank of abilities
  • a reference tool for appraisal
  • a basis for career development
  • a record of continuing professional development

In relation to the relevant specialist curriculum and standards of proficiency it provides:

  • a clear demonstration of competence and knowledge against learning outcomes and standards of proficiency
  • a focus for assessment
  • a means to bring together evidence for more than one learning outcome or standard of proficiency
  • a focus for the identification of training/learning needs

The e-portfolio will help you work towards certification as a Higher Specialist Scientist and also provides a useful reference tool for your future career.

The e-portfolio will contain:

  • the training plans agreed with the Workplace Supervisor identifying progression through the programme
  • the written evidence developed that maps to the programme requirements
  • the uploaded attachments
  • the feedback on evidence