Thinking of applying to the HSST?

Last Updated: 17th September 2020

The Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) programme is a bespoke five-year workplace-based training programme supported by a Doctoral level academic award. Are you thinking of applying? If so, this guidance is for you and will answer all the common questions for applications.

How do I apply for the HSST?

All applications are made via the online application portal Oriel.

We recommend that all applicants read through the HSST information available on our website before submitting their application.

Frequently asked questions

How many HSST posts can I apply for?

If you are applying through direct entry you can only apply to one specialism, which you will need to indicate on the application form.

If you are an in service applicant you can only apply for the nominated post from your employer.

When can I apply for the HSST?

The timescales for the 2020 recruitment will be published later this year.

Do I have to apply for the in service posts via the online application portal Oriel?

Yes; you are still required to complete the application and demonstrate that you have the support of your employer, and the skills and experience required.

What is the difference between direct entry posts and in service posts?

Direct entry are new posts created specifically for the purpose of training and open to competition by application. Applicants follow the whole programme full-time (except for any exemptions) during which they hold a fixed-term five year training contract of employment with the host organisation.

In-service are existing clinical scientist posts that are used by employers to support nominated individuals for HSST (as long as they reach the entry standard for HSST). They must hold a substantive contract of employment in the NHS specialism for which they are applying.

How does the recruitment process differ between direct entry and in service applicants?

Both direct entry and in service applicants must apply online. For direct entry applicants the interview stage is competitive however, for in service applicants the interview stage is for benchmarking and appointment.

How do I find out about the progress of my application?

You will be notified by email/text if you are invited to the next stage or you can check your progress via Oriel.