Information and resources to help current HSST trainees during their training.
About the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme
Everything you need to know during your time on the programme.
Your HSST curriculum
Your programme is made up of a number of modules which detail the academic and work-based content, and, where appropriate, the assessment strategy for the module.
The academic part of the HSST
Guidance about the academic part of the programme for HSST trainees.
Approval process for prior PhDs
Find out if your prior PhD can be used towards the programme.
How will I be assessed?
Information about the different types of assessment you will experience while on the HSST.
What will I be assessed on?
A blend of methods is used to ensure effective capture of robust evidence relating to the three components of the HSST programme.
Building your portfolio of evidence of activity in the workplace
Work-place based evidence should be based around real life scientific and clinical activities, relevant to the workplace and specialism.
Using Multi-Source Feedback (MSF) as an assessment tool
While on the HSST programme you can use our multi-source feedback (MSF) service in order to initiate MSF assessments and generate MSF reports.
Annual review of progression
We will conduct an annual review of progression (ARP) towards development as consultant clinical scientists with all trainees on the Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) programme.
Annual review of progression common issues
Here is some guidance for common issues highlighted by the annual review of progression.
Outcome statements for the HSST Annual Review of Progression
A HSST trainee will receive one of these six outcome statements for their Annual Review of Progression.
Independent Assessment of Professional Skills (IAPS)
Information and guidance about the HSST final assessment.
IAPS – the HSST final assessment
The Independent Assessment of Professional Skills (IAPS) is the final examination for HSST trainees, prior to becoming a Consultant Clinical Scientist.
Guidance on the Independent Assessment of Professionals Skills for HSST trainees
This guidance provides details on the different elements of the HSST final assessment.
Guidance on booking and preparing for the IAPS
The Independent Assessment of Professional Skills (IAPS) is the final examination for Physical, Physiological and Bioinformatics HSST trainees, to assess readiness to practice at Consultant Clinical Scientist level.
IAPS Dates for 2023
Here are the IAPS 2023 dates for Physical, Physiological and Bioinformatics HSST trainees in their final year.
Information and guidance about what is required to complete the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme.
Evidence for certification and completing the programme
The bespoke nature of the programme means that evidence of successful completion will vary depending on the pathway taken by the trainee through the 5-year programme.
Guidance for trainees about HSST completion
Information about the end date, the timing of your HSST final assessment and how to obtain your completion certificate.
Definitions for HSST completion
Details about some of the definitions used when we talk about completion.
Using the Exceptional Extenuating Circumstances policy to apply for an extension of time or change to training
Trainees can apply for an extension of time or change to training via the EEC policy when circumstances affect their ability to continue training.
Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) Completion podcast
Listen to this podcast and make sure you are on track for completing the HSST.
A variety of guidance and resources to help you during your time on the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme.
How to guidance and videos for HSST trainees using OneFile
Get help with some of the common tasks in OneFile.
OneFile webinar recordings
Watch the latest webinars for trainees and training officers/supervisors, on the different elements of OneFile.
How to use the Turnitin Checker in OneFile – A guide for trainees
Familiarise yourself with the Turnitin feature in OneFile by following this guidance.
Listen to our series of podcasts aimed at giving essential advice and guidance to HSST trainees and supervisors.
Training planning resources for HSST trainees
Your training plan is a bespoke plan, which is particular to you and the environment you work in.
Guidance on workplace evidence for HSST trainees
This guidance will help you when planning a submission and give you advice on collecting and creating evidence for your e-portfolio.
Presentations from the HSST Induction 2022
Look through the presentations used at this year's Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme trainee induction event.
Guidance and resources to support you during your training.
We want you to have the best training experience, but you should also take care of your health and wellbeing.
HSST Trainee networks
These trainee networks are available to support HSST trainees.
Guidance for trainees about study time
Clarification for trainees on how much protected private study time they are allowed while on their programme.