Before starting your HSST application


Things to do before you start

  • Have you checked the entry requirements? There are two entry routes to the HSST, either as a Clinical Scientist or a Biomedical Scientist. Click this link for further details on what is required for both routes.
  • Are you applying for an in-service post or a direct entry post?
    • in-service – you may apply via this route if you are already employed by a Trust/Organisation providing NHS services, in the scientific specialty you are applying for. You will remain employed by your current employer throughout the programme. You should be employed, at a minimum, as an Agenda for Change Band 7 for the duration of the programme. You will only be eligible for in-service if you are nominated by your employer and your employer has an allocated training post in place.
    • direct entry – you may apply via this route if you are applying to the training programme from a different employer. If selected, you will follow the programme full-time for five years under a fixed-term training contract with your host organisation. You should be employed, at a minimum, as an Agenda for Changes Band 7 for the duration of the programme.
  • Read the guidance on applying to the HSST, the job advert, the person specification, application deadlines, frequently asked questions, and any other necessary information.
  • Plan your time and work out approximately how long it will take to complete the application form. You will, for example, need to get feedback from colleagues and that may take time.
  • Referees should be contacted as early as possible to confirm that they are happy to support the application and provide a reference. No-one will contact your referees until you pass the interviews.

Check the opening and closing dates

The application opening and closing dates are available on the key dates for HSST 2023 page.

Make sure you are aware of these deadlines and continue to check the website for recent updates, as these deadlines may be subject to change throughout the application process.


Non-UK applicants

Non-UK applicants should refer to the national guidance from Health Education England (HEE) and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to confirm whether you are eligible to apply. Search the HEE website and the UK Visas and Immigration website for further information.