Posts are commissioned by employers through the Local Office of Health Education England (HEE) either as a new post created specifically for the purpose of training (direct entry) or as an in-service post, through an already existing clinical scientist post.
Posts can only be commissioned within those departments that meet our accreditation requirements. Employers will be required to demonstrate to both the commissioners and us that they meet the requirements of the HEE Quality Framework and can deliver the specific requirements of the HSST. The commissioning process occurs annually usually starting in the autumn of the year preceding appointments.
Responsibilities of the employer
You must ensure the HSST trainee has a balance between providing services and providing access to educational and training opportunities. Service work undertaken should support learning opportunities, education and training opportunities, and should not be compromised by the demands of regularly carrying out routine tasks or out-of-hours cover that do not support learning and have little educational or training value.
An allowance of 52 days each year protected time, used flexibly for academic studies and which excludes the time spent attending residential sessions at the HEI or other time attending conferences or on placement outside the host laboratory.
HSST trainees are mentored or supervised by someone of consultant or equivalent standing within the employing department and with the support of others across the department and within the wider organisation. We provide HSST Train the Trainer events for those undertaking HSST supervision.
What to do if you wish to employ a trainee
You need to contact your local Health Education England (HEE) office and speak to the healthcare science lead. There may be specific conditions that your department needs to have in place before agreeing to commission a trainee post. You must also inform your lead scientist and Trust education and training lead of your plans to employ a HSST trainee.
You can find details about your local healthcare science lead below:
|Name||HEE area office||Telephone|
Katrina OatesAlternative email:
|East of England||n/a|
email@example.comPlease send email to both addresses
|London||020 7127 6245|
|Midlands (East and West)||0121 695 2500|
|Sally Drew||North East, Yorkshire and Humber||07920 834506|
Can also cc. Nicholas Fowler-Johnson for information
|Shakira Greaves||South East: Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Wessex, Thames Valley||n/a|
|Helene Fouquet||South West (includes Salisbury)||01454 252726|
|Robert Farley||Scotland||0131 656 3230|
Professor Ian Young