All HSST trainees including those in Life Sciences undertake a Doctoral Research and Innovation in Clinical Science module of the professional doctorate. HSST trainees in Life Sciences may then optionally choose to take the full Professional Doctorate requiring completion of Sections A and C the Research Project Module or they may choose to undertake solely Section A and exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Professionalism for Healthcare Sciences.
Those HSST trainees with a research doctorate (PhD) should note that this is not admissible in lieu of Section C of the professional doctorate but may be allowable as evidence against the research requirement of FRCPath Part 2.
The engagement of Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) by Health Education England (HEE) to deliver the Professional Doctorate programme has seen further discussions between the College, School and MAHSE and further agreement that:
- MAHSE partner Universities will accept a pass in the FRCPath Part 1 examination in a relevant specialty in place of the Professional Doctorate (DClinSci) Section B.
- The Royal College of Pathologists will accept the research component of the Professional Doctorate (DClinSci) in a relevant specialty as the written option for the FRCPath Part 2.
- The National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) will work with MAHSE in the delivery of the Innovation Project report and that trainees could utilise elements from FRCPath Part 2 as the basis of their ICS Project report.