Last Updated: 20th August 2019

What assessments do I have to complete?

Workplace based evidence of activity
Over the course of the five years of the programme you are expected to produce and collate evidence of your training activity and submit it for assessment in your e-portfolio. When you submit evidence of activity for assessment in your e-portfolio you will be required to map it against the Higher Specialist Standards of Proficiency. By the time you are ready to exit the programme you should have evidence that you have met All of the Standards of Proficiency.

Higher Specialist Standards of Proficiency

We recommend that you develop an assessment plan to help you map out which activity will be most relevant to your training. You may wish to schedule approximately one submission of evidence in your e-portfolio per month; 12 submissions a year, and approximately 60 submissions over the course of the five-year training programme.

Guidance on workplace evidence

Academic assessment

a) Life Sciences – If you are a life scientist you must complete the assessments required for FRCPath Parts 1 and 2 (if not already completed). You may also wish to register to take Section A of the DClinSci (to gain a Post-graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management) or Sections A and C (to gain the full DClinSci award – full compensation is given for Section B of the DClinSci for full completion of FRCPath).

b) Physiological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Clinical Biomedical Engineering – Clinical scientists in HSST across these sciences will complete the assessments required for the DClinSci. Please note that some individuals may not be required to complete the DClinSci – either in part or as a whole due to a prior academic attainment. If you are unsure of your options please first consider the potential usefulness of a DClinSci to your future career. Also have a discussion with your supervisor and consult the HSST representatives.

c) Standardised assessment – This is provided by the School to ensure that there is an independent, objective check on your mastery of the HSST learning outcomes. Most life scientists will be exempt from these assessments by way of completion of FRCPath Parts 1 and 2. Scientists in physiological science, physical science and clinical biomedical engineering will be required to take two standardised assessments towards the end of the programme: 1) a clinical skills assessment (like the OSFA for STP, and like FRCPath Part 2) and 2) an Innovation in Clinical Science project.