How to develop an ASP programme

Last Updated: 17th March 2021

An ASP programme can be proposed by any employer providing Healthcare Science services. 

Responsibilities of the employer and trainee

The employer is responsible for

  • supporting the trainee throughout the ASP process
  • appointing a suitably qualified training officer for each ASP trainee
  • agreeing a training plan with the trainee and monitoring progress against the training plan

The employer must arrange any external placements that are required, and ensure that the trainee has adequate protected time and resource to complete the programme in a timely manner.

The trainee is responsible for developing a training plan with their training officer, and completing the work required by the programme in a timely manner.

Both the employer and trainee will have to agree and abide by the ASP Learning and Data Sharing Agreement.

How to propose a new ASP programme

An employer must complete and submit the ASP Proposal Form to nshcs.curriculum@hee.nhs.uk.

Evidence is required to support the proposal including the estimated number of ASP trainees, a brief needs analysis and agreement from at least one School accredited University to provide the academic component of the proposed ASP programme.  Support for the ASP programme from the relevant Professional Body can also be provided.