My responsibilities as a HSST trainee


As a trainee you should:

  • Meet with your workplace supervisor regularly to plan and discuss progress and to develop your skills. Communication and collaboration are key to the HSST programme.
  • Review your training plan regularly. Regular updates to training plans should be recorded on OneFile.
  • Participate in the annual review of progression.
  • Host and attend regional HSST moderation assessment days. These are trust-led or regional events organised by HSST trainees using the Trainee Networks. These support trainees and supervisors to share best practice and understand the right level of evidence.
  • Identify a research project early in the programme, including who will supervise.

The types of duties that you can expect to undertake within the workplace are:

  • providing routine clinical and/or diagnostic services
  • interpreting test results, reporting and authorising of results
  • researching, developing and validating new methods of diagnosis
  • line management and supervision of other team members
  • providing advice that improves patient care and outcome
  • advising on the purchase and use of commercial products/equipment
  • regional and national involvement in the profession via Professional Bodies and the School