Guidance

Thinking of applying to the STP?

Last Updated: 17th September 2020

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three year programme of work-based learning, supported by a University accredited master’s degree. Are you thinking of applying? If so, this guidance is for you and will answer all the common questions for applications.

Is the training programme right for me?

The STP offers a fantastic opportunity for people who are looking for a fulfilling career in healthcare science. It is important that you consider your application to the programme carefully.

You must be committed to a career in healthcare science and to providing high quality scientific services to patients and the public. Entry onto the programme is extremely competitive and therefore you should be prepared to be measured on your commitment to the programme and on your understanding of the expectations placed on Scientist trainees as part of the selection processes.

Read through the information on this website about the STP and explore the specialisms in more detail on the Health Careers website.

FAQs

Is the training programme right for me?

The STP offers a fantastic opportunity for people who are looking for a fulfilling career in healthcare science. It is important that you consider your application to the programme carefully. You must be committed to a career in healthcare science and to providing high quality scientific services to patients and the public. Entry onto the programme is extremely competitive and therefore you should be prepared to be measured on your commitment to the programme and on your understanding of the expectations placed on Scientist trainees as part of the selection processes.

Read through the information on this website about the STP and explore the specialisms in more detail on the Health Careers website.

How can healthcare scientists work towards certificate of equivalence if they are working outside of the NHS?

Equivalence is a route open to all individuals, providing they can demonstrate the necessary standards. For more details on equivalence contact the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS). We already have some departments with independent sector links or partnerships where STP training is being delivered. There is no difference in the accreditation standards applied.

Can I attend open days to find out more about the training?

Yes; some employers and departments hold open days that give you a good opportunity to find out more about the scientist roles you are interested in.

How much travel is involved in the STP?

You may have to travel to other training centres to fulfil parts of the programme (rotations).  These could be in different parts of the country and you may have to spend weeks at a time there. Whether you have to travel to complete your rotations will depend on the specialism and whether your host employer has the facilities to provide all the training aspects.

You will also have to travel to the university to complete the master’s degree.  The amount of travel involved for this will depend on the university and course you attend.

What kinds of people get a place on the STP?

A range of people have been successful in being appointed to the STP. In addition to high standards of scientific ability, what they have in common is an enthusiasm for science, aspirations to be leaders in healthcare science and a focus on delivering high quality and compassionate care for patients. Above all else our successful applicants demonstrate the right values and behaviours integral to providing safe and effective healthcare science services to patients and the public.

What scientific specialism should I apply for?

Your chosen specialism should be relevant to your choice of future career and your academic qualifications. Read more about the individual specialisms at the Health Careers website and the curricula at the Curriculum Library.

Or check out our “How to choose your STP specialism” bitesize guide.

I’m thinking of applying to the STP, how will the curriculum content review affect me?

You’re the future of healthcare science. We’re working hard to make sure your training equips you with all the skills and knowledge you need to work at the highest level in healthcare.

You can view the curriculum for all STP specialties in the Curriculum Library. The STP programme structure will stay the same but there may be changes to the content of your curriculum before you start your training.

We’ll publish updated curriculum in the Curriculum Library. Any updates we do make, will ensure your training is at the cutting edge of your specialty.