Last Updated: 2nd August 2019

What do I need to be eligible for the HSST?

At least one further year in the workplace to consolidate and enhance clinical scientific skills, learning and experience (including research and education) and the ability to demonstrate meeting any additional specific selection criteria required for a particular specialism at interview. You will also need registration (or eligibility and application underway) with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a clinical scientist.

If you are appointed to the HSST programme but are in the process of applying for equivalence and/or registration and have not yet achieved it, you may not start the programme until your registration with the HCPC is complete. You will need to make sure that you have started the process of equivalence and/or registration at the time of your application. If you are invited to interview you will be asked to produce evidence of HCPC registration or that the process for registration is underway. If you have yet to achieve clinical scientist registration, as a minimum you will have to be registered with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) and a process of equivalence underway with them at the time of application. Please be aware that confirmation of equivalence can take several months to complete and may require submission of significant amounts of evidence. It is very important that you start this process as early as possible so there is sufficient time to gain registration by the intended start date for the programme, as failure to do so may impact on your ability to commence and continue on the training.