What are the entry requirements for the HSST?

Check that you are eligible to apply for the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme.

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To join the HSST programme, you must normally be a registered Clinical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council. This year, for the first time, there is an exception. You can be eligible to apply with a certain combination of qualifications and HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist.

You may apply as a Biomedical Scientist if you have:

  • 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

If you are a biomedical scientist unsure of how to complete the section of the application regarding registration and equivalence please contact hcsapplicants@hee.nhs.uk

You can also 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.

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Last updated on 19th November 2021