FAQs about the Echocardiography Training Programme

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Echocardiography Training Programme.


I would like to apply for the Echocardiography Training Programme, but I already have an MSc in Echocardiography – is the programme suitable for me?

The ETP is not intended for people who already have an MSc or who have already completed the Cardiac Science route through the STP, as they will already have covered the academic content. We would advise that they obtain a substantial post within a Cardiac department to provide the experience needed to undertake BSE Accreditation.

Which university will be providing the Academic teaching?

We are awaiting the results of the tender for the contract for the Post Graduate Certificate. The successful Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) will be announced as soon as possible.

For in-service posts, do I need to advertise the post on NHS jobs?

The in-service route is only open to existing NHS staff working in a cardiac department, who meet the qualification requirements and have been nominated by their employer. The employer does not need to advertise the post on NHS jobs but will need to evidence the candidate’s suitability for the programme. This may be done informally, or an internal interview process could be held where there are multiple potential candidates within an organisation.

Once my trainee is selected, how and when do I let the School know?

Once the candidate is confirmed, please email the School at nshcs.mscrecruitment@hee.nhs.uk as soon as possible, or by 1st September 2021 at the latest, with the confirmed candidates details.

As a minimum we would need:

  1. Details of the post (organisation and employer contact name) so that we can match the information to a post
  2. Candidate name, email address and contact number
  3. Qualifications (please include copies of degree certificates or a statement of how the candidate meets the equivalence requirements)
  4. Training Officer

I would like to attend a Train the Trainer event but there are no available dates on the website. Will you be providing more?

We will be setting up specific Train the Trainer and Induction sessions for the Echocardiography Training Programme trainees and trainers in October. Dates to be confirmed once we receive the University teaching dates. We will announce this on the website and also communicate directly to trainees and training officers (where these have been communicated to us). There shouldn’t be a cost to attend and the event will be virtual this year.

Last updated on 19th August 2021