Upon successful completion we will award a Certificate of Completion of Higher Specialist Scientist Training (CCHSST).

Trainees who graduate from the programme with a CCHSST will have successfully demonstrated a standard of achievement that enables registration on the Academy of Healthcare Science (AHCS) Higher Specialist Scientist Register (HSSR) and eligibility for appointment at consultant level.

Evidence

The particular evidence a trainee applying for certification and to exit the programme is required to submit is dependent on the bespoke pathway and specialism the trainee has chosen to follow and is summarised below.

This will include some or all of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Doctor of Clinical Science (DClinSci) in its entirety or component parts dependent on pathway
  • Completion of an Innovation Proposal and lay presentationject undertaken as Module C1
  • Research Project or eEvidence of exemption from Module C2 by virtue of a relevant and timely PhD
  • Successful completion of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (Life Sciences only)
  • Successful completion of CEng (Clinical Biomedical Engineering only)
  • Successful completion of the Independent Assessment of Practical Skills (Physical and Physiological Sciences only)
  • Workplace Based evidence demonstrating the appropriate application of specialty knowledge and skills through the quality and types of evidence in an e-portfolio (OneFile) and appropriately mapped to the domains of the AHCS Standards of Proficiency for Higher Specialist Scientists and to the learning outcomes of the specialist curriculum (all HSSTs)
  • Engagement with the Annual Review of Progression (all HSSTs)
  • Sign-off by the Workplace based supervisor as meeting the requirements of the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme (all HSSTs)

Evidence required for Life Science pathways

Life Sciences - Pathway One - HSST with FRCPath

Successful completion of:

  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • DClinSci: Section C1 (Innovation module)
  • E-portfolio of evidence
  • Sign off by Supervisor
  • The Annual Review of Progression

Life Sciences - Pathway Two - HSST with FRCPath and Postgrad Dip

Successful completion of:

  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • DClinSci: Section A (Leadership and Professionalism for Healthcare Sciences)
  • DClinSci: Section C1 (Innovation module)
  • E-portfolio of evidence
  • Sign off by Supervisor
  • The Annual Review of Progression

With completion of:

  • Postgraduate Diploma (Leadership and Professionalism for Healthcare Sciences)

LIfe Sciences - Pathway Three - HSST with FRCPath plus DClinSc

Successful completion of:

  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • DClinSci: Section A (Leadership and Professionalism for Healthcare Sciences)
  • DClinSci: Section C1 (Innovation module)
  • DClinSci: Section C2 (Research module)
  • E-portfolio of evidence
  • Sign off by Supervisor
  • The Annual Review of Progression

With completion of:

  • Doctor of Clinical Science

Evidence required for Physical and Physiological Science pathways

Physical and Physiological Sciences - Pathway One (HSST with DClinSci)

Successful completion of:

  • Doctor of Clinical Science comprising:
    • DClinSci: Section A (Leadership and Professionalism for Healthcare Sciences)
    • DClinSci: Section B (Specialist modules)
    • DClinSci: Section C1 (Innovation module)
    • DClinSci: C2 (Research module)
  • IAPS including e-portfolio
  • Sign off by supervisor
  • The Annual Review of Progression

Physical and Physiological Sciences - Pathway Two (HSST with Postgrad Dip)

Successful completion of:

  • Postgraduate Diploma (Leadership and Professionalism for Healthcare Sciences)
  • DClinSci: Section A (Leadership and Professionalism for Healthcare Sciences)
  • DClinSci: Section B (Specialist modules)
  • DClinSci: Section C1 (Innovation module)
  • Exemption from C2 by a relevant and timely PhD
  • IAPS including e-portfolio
  • Sign off by supervisor
  • The Annual Review of Progression