Guidance

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.

Is the HSST training programme right for me?

You should refer to the general careers information available on the Health Careers website, details of the curricula available in the Curriculum Library and the Scaling for Heights document to evaluate whether you think the training programme is right for you. You are also advised to seek advice from clinical and academic mentors if at all possible.

What does the HSST programme entail?

The programme requires that each trainee follow a bespoke training programme agreed in advance with their local supervisor and recorded in an e-portfolio. It will require evidence of work place learning outcomes appropriate to the Standards of Proficiency of a Higher Specialist Scientist as published by the Academy of Healthcare Science. It will include the opportunity to undertake a professional doctorate (DClinSci) commissioned by HEE through the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education. In Life Sciences the doctorate is optional but there is an additional requirement in these specialisms to complete the Fellowship examination of the Royal College of Pathologists.

What does the HSST curriculum deliver?

For all specialisms the HSST curriculum delivers a mastery of higher scientific knowledge and clinical and scientific competence and has a requirement during the 5-year programme for the individual to contribute to innovation or improvement through service delivery, patient safety, care, public communication/outreach and quality management. It delivers both personal and professional development including high-level skills in leadership, management, teaching, and the values, attitudes and behaviours appropriate for higher professional practice in the NHS.

The HSST curricula have been developed through joint working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and individual medical royal colleges, senior scientists and scientific professional bodies, employers and patients and its underpinning academic doctoral programme has been established through joint working with the Council for Healthcare Science in Higher Education and workforce commissioners.