About the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme

Last Updated: 28th June 2019

The HSST programme is a five-year workplace-based training programme that offers a fantastic opportunity for clinical scientists to train and become eligible to apply for available consultant clinical scientists posts.

The Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme seeks to train and develop an increased number of very senior consultant clinical scientists who can lead the development of new research, technology and practice working within multi-professional clinical teams to deliver quality improvement, innovation and world-class outcomes for patients.

This patient focused role offers plenty of scope for personal development, great career prospects and a wide range of opportunities to use specialist scientific skills and interests for the benefit of patients. Trainees will work directly with patients as well as being involved in innovation, research and development and education and training to the benefit of the future scientific workforce. It offers workplace-based training supported by an underpinning doctorate level academic programme.

All applicants are required to undergo a formal appointment and benchmarking process, which is overseen by the School. Applicants must be Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered as clinical scientists at the start of their training, although they may apply for entry if they are going through the process of application for equivalence and registration.

The HSST programme requires that each trainee follow a bespoke training programme agreed in advance with their local supervisor and recorded in an e-portfolio. It will require evidence of work place learning outcomes appropriate to the Standards of Proficiency of a Higher Specialist Scientist as published by the Academy of Healthcare Science. It will include the opportunity to undertake a professional doctorate (DClinSci) commissioned by HEE through the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education. In Life Sciences the doctorate is optional but there is an additional requirement in these specialisms to complete the Fellowship examination of theĀ Royal College of Pathologists.