Employing a HSST Trainee

Last Updated: 26th March 2021

What you need to know when employing a trainee on the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme.

Getting started

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.

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
Cate Hollinshead
Alternative email:
East Midlands 07876 790621
Lynsey Poole
Alternative email:
East of England 01223 596932
Aarti Makan
Please send email to both addresses
London 020 7127 6245
Marion Hogan South East 01865 785584
Helene Fouquet South West 01454 252726
Sally Drew North East and Yorkshire 07920 834506
Maxine Kwofie
Alternative email:
West Midlands 0121 695 2500
Christine Love Wales 01445 848548
Robert Farley Scotland 0131 656 3230
Peter Barbour
Professor Ian Young
Northern Ireland