Part of HSST trainee induction 2020 – Webinar 1 – Work-based activities

Characteristics of good workplace evidence

Last Updated: 23rd September 2020

You will need to gather evidence of workplace activity mapped against the Higher Specialist Scientist Standards of Proficiency.

This evidence will be submitted to the e-portfolio OneFile where your workplace supervisor can accept, reject or ask you to resubmit with improvements/additions. Workplace supervisors should always leave feedback when asking for improvements.

Project work is especially valuable for generating such evidence, designed or focused (where possible) to:

  • Critically review the integrity of the underpinning science
  • Apply academic learning.
  • Identify innovation and research and development opportunities.
  • Propose and introduce possible system changes.
  • Make explicit use of leadership skills and processes.
  • Link to the domains of Good Scientific Practice.

You will be required to accumulate evidence to demonstrate satisfactory achievement of the requirements of the curriculum, with respect to the practice, values and behaviours expected of a consultant clinical scientist.

The AHCS Higher Specialist Scientist Standards of Proficiency are the professional standards which every Higher Specialist Scientist must meet in order to become registered and must continue to meet in order to maintain their registration. By the time you exit the programme, you should have evidence in your e-portfolio to meet ALL of the Standards of Proficiency.

What makes good evidence?

Good evidence requires familiarity with the Standards of Proficiency, HSST specialist curriculum, scope of practice and consultant clinical scientists job descriptions. Good evidence should:

  • Be trainee-led.
  • Contain quality not quantity. Evidence should be clear and concise.
  • Contain a narrative to explain the relevance of evidence and how it meets the standard
  • Be authentic and naturally occurring. Plan for stretch opportunities to show level 8 skills; don’t focus on single observations.
  • Use different media e.g. Video and photographs (not all written)
  • Be reflective
  • Demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for professional practice as a consultant clinical scientist dealing with the complexities, uncertainties and tensions of professional practice at this level.
  • Be inclusive of public and patient involvement.

Here is a podcast where Dr Lisa Ayers, our HSST Training Programme Director, talks about the ways in which you can involve patients and the public in your training.