A blend of methods is used to ensure effective capture of robust evidence relating to the three components of the HSST programme:
- Acquisition and application of specialist scientific knowledge up to Consultant Clinical Scientist level;
- Mastery and practice of higher clinical and scientific skills, including professionalism, and the values, behaviours and attitudes expected of leaders in healthcare science; and
- Ability to make a significant contribution to knowledge generation and innovation in healthcare science service and practice.
The strategy specifies Standardised Assessment – used by the NSHCS and stakeholders to assess competence in core skills and knowledge domains as part of a decision about fitness to practise; and Workplace based Assessment – the assessment of activity in the workplace mapped against the Higher Specialist Scientist Standards of Proficiency and referenced to the curriculum.