Part of HSST trainee induction 2020 – Webinar 1 – An overview of HSST

The main components of the programme

Last Updated: 23rd September 2020

This section provides details on the different parts of the programme.

The delivery of the programme is a collaboration between the NSHCS, the MAHSE consortium and the professional body RCPath.

The standard of education and training is based on the Academy of Health Care Science’s Higher Specialist Scientist Standards of Proficiency. Both the academic and the work-based training will involve considerable amounts of self-directed and independent learning in which you will be encouraged to be continuously reflective and innovative. You will be expected to develop and increasingly demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for the role of a consultant clinical scientist.

The work-based training component of HSST will require that you plan a bespoke programme of activity in your workplace, negotiated along with your supervisor, and that you record this activity in your e-portfolio, mapping the evidence of activity to the domains and standards of the Higher Specialist Scientist Standards of Proficiency.

The academic component of HSST, the Doctor of Clinical Science, DClinSci is a Research Degree meeting QAA Level 8 criteria and FQ-EHEA for doctoral degrees. It includes within its structured elements, an emphasis on the candidate acquiring skills relevant to professional practice, in addition to producing original research.

The five-year programme will equate to 540 credits split across the three sections of the programme, namely

  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Specialist Scientific Clinical Programme and Research
  • Development and Innovation

Watch the video below in which Ronnie Wright, a current Genomics HSST trainee, summarises his experience of the HSST programme.

Ronnie Wright, Principal Clinical Scientist discuss what attracted him to the HSST programme how the programme benefits both himself and his department.