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New curriculum for clinical science trainees launches this summer for 2022 delivery

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) curriculum, which underpins the training and professional development of trainee clinical scientists, relaunches for the first time this summer after an extensive two-year review.

The STP Curriculum Content Review Project began in 2019 to update curricula across thirty individual STP healthcare science specialties ensuring curricula were fit for purpose and future proofed to deliver the healthcare science workforce of the future. The project has involved over 400 healthcare scientists and healthcare professionals, seven universities, over twenty-five trained patient and public representatives, representatives from professional bodies and royal colleges and input from over 1,000 stakeholders.

The new curriculum, which will be delivered from September 2022, sets out the skills and knowledge trainees will need for day one “on the job” as a clinical scientist in their specialty. A number of changes to the curriculum have been introduced:

  1. We have introduced a new model for rotation modules. The modules have been reworked with an experiential focus. Rotations will allow trainees to develop an understanding of the role of a clinical scientist and the multidisciplinary team in their speciality and related specialties. Trainees will gain knowledge and understanding of other specialties, networking opportunities, understanding of the patient pathway and the NHS. Experiences and knowledge will be transferrable to specialist training. Watch this short animation about the new rotation module.
  2. We have reviewed specialist competencies. Content has been fully reviewed and will retain the curriculum structure.
  3. We have introduced an Individual Professional Development module. This module is an opportunity for trainees to develop their individual professional practice. Continued professional development is a requirement of registration as a clinical scientist and the ability to identify individual needs and self-direct development is an important professional skill. Career long learning and development ensure skills and knowledge are up to date and patient care continues to improve while being safe and effective. Watch this short animation about the new Individual Professional Development module.

Dr Chris Fisher, Head of Curriculum at the National School of Healthcare Science said:

“The original curriculum was published ten years ago and a lot has happened since then, not least the recent coronavirus pandemic. To remain fit for purpose, the Scientist Training Programme must evolve so our healthcare scientists are properly equipped to practice in a range of healthcare settings, now and in the future.”

Visit the NSHCS Curriculum Library for more information.

Last updated on 20th July 2021

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