STP Equivalence funding opportunity for practising healthcare scientists

Health Education England’s, National School of Healthcare Science and the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS), are delighted to announce an exciting initiative aimed at increasing the number of statutory registered healthcare scientists.

For a limited time, we are able to cover the entire cost of the AHCS STP Equivalence process, (excluding final registration with the HCPC) for colleagues practising as healthcare scientists but who are not registered with the Health and Care Processions Council (HCPC).

Funded by HEE, this initiative is currently only open to applicants in England.  We hope to significantly increase the number of scientists becoming registered so priority will be given to new applications only at this time.  We may review depending on uptake. This is a time limited offer and whilst we encourage and support all healthcare scientists to become statutory registered, priority will be given to those employed in the physiological and physical sciences. Applications are welcomed from non-HCPC registered life scientists too.

Applications must be made by the application form and be accompanied by a short CV including details of:

  • your career to date
  • your roles and responsibilities
  • your education and training
  • your professional body membership or statutory regulation
  • any publications that you have contributed to. This might be empirical research, audits or service developments, conference presentations.

Your application form and CV should be emailed to STPEadmin@ahcs.ac.uk by Friday 12th March 2021.

We recognise that applicants will have a variety of relevant qualifications and experience. You do not need to possess a Master’s level qualification to be considered for STP Equivalence. However, the evidence presented must demonstrate that you have a comparable level of knowledge, skills and competence to a trainee successfully completing the Scientist Training Programme.

The AHCS does not prescribe a specific length of training to confer equivalence, although applicants should note that graduates from the Scientist Training Programme complete three years of Master’s level (Level 7) education, including a minimum of 90 weeks integrated workplace training. It is unlikely that periods of experience substantially less than this will be deemed adequate for an application for equivalence.

Visit the Academy of Healthcare Science website for further information about the STP Equivalence process.