What are the entry requirements for the HSST?

There are two entry routes to the HSST, either as a Clinical Scientist or as a Biomedical Scientist.

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Clinical Scientists

You must be a registered Clinical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council.  You can apply to the programme if you are applying for Clinical Scientist equivalence, but you will only be eligible for interview if you can provide evidence, by the interview date, that you have submitted your equivalence portfolio. It is your responsibility to ensure registration is achieved before the start date of the programme. You should be able to demonstrate meeting any additional specific selection criteria required for a particular specialism.

If you are a graduate of the Scientist Training Programme you will normally need at least one further year of workplace experience after graduating before applying to the HSST.

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Biomedical Scientists

Senior Biomedical Scientists can apply if you have either of the following:

  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and relevant MSc
  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, who holds the British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) Specialist diploma in Transfusion Science Practice and relevant MSc
  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist having completed the CPSM logbook (prior to introduction of the IBMS Specialist Diploma) and relevant MSc
  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma
  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and completion of IBMS 2-part Fellowship Special Exam
  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice

All applicants should review the core HSST person specification to self-assess that they meet the eligibility criteria before applying.

Last updated on 21st February 2022