School and Academy announce strategic change in the management of completion of the STP

Today, HEE’s National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) and the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) are delighted to announce a key strategic turning point in the completion of the Scientist Training Programme (STP) which leads to Clinical Scientist registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

After a successful 10-year history where the AHCS provided regulatory governance and support of the STP, whilst the NSHCS was in formation, the relationship will move to a new position. With the full support of the AHCS, from September 2020 the NSHCS will be the Education Provider for the STP and this status was approved by the HCPC on 20 August 2020.

This key decision recognises the maturation of the School – its leadership structure, governance systems and processes.

This means that:

  • as of September 2020, The National School will report directly to HCPC for the delivery of the STP.
  • trainees completing the STP will be awarded their Certificate of Completion of STP by the School, which will entitle them to apply to the HCPC for registration.

The only change for STP trainees successfully completing the programme from 2021 onwards is that they will no longer need to wait to receive a notification from the AHCS that they are eligible to register. This will be part of the single notification of successful completion sent by the School.

Professor Berne Ferry, Head of the National School of Healthcare Science, said

I would like to thank the Academy for Healthcare Science for the support and guidance they have given over the years. We look forward to continuing to work closely together in the future to benefit the scientific community in the NHS.

Janet Monkman, CEO and Registrar of the Academy for Healthcare Science congratulated the National School on their achievement and wished the School well in their new role. She said that the Academy will continue to work closely with HCPC in their role as the Education Provider for the STP Certificate of Equivalence.

Janet Monkman Professor Berne Ferry
CEO and Registrar
Academy for Healthcare Science
For further information, please contact Dr Elaine Jenkins at elaine.jenkins@ahcs.ac.uk
Head of School
National School of Healthcare Science
For further information, please contact Andrew Williams at andrew.williams@hee.nhs.uk