Characteristics of good workplace evidence


The evidence that you generate through your planned workplace activities should meet specialist Curriculum Learning Outcomes and the Academy’s Standards of Proficiency for Higher Specialist Scientists. Evidence should showcase your mastery of knowledge, skills, and professional behaviours at Consultant Clinical Scientist level.

Good evidence should be:

  • sufficient
  • authentic
  • relevant
  • current
  • underpin defensible progression decisions

What makes good evidence?

Good evidence requires familiarity with the Standards of Proficiency, HSST specialist curriculum, scope of practice and consultant clinical scientists job descriptions. Good evidence should:

  • be trainee-led
  • contain quality not quantity
  • should be clear and concise
  • contain a narrative to explain the relevance of evidence and how it meets the standard
  • be authentic and naturally occurring
  • plan for stretch opportunities to show level 8 skills; don’t focus on single observations
  • use different media e.g. Video and photographs (not all written)
  • be reflective
  • demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for professional practice as a consultant clinical scientist dealing with the complexities, uncertainties and tensions of professional practice at this level
  • be inclusive of public and patient involvement

Here is a podcast where Dr Lisa Ayers, our HSST Training Programme Director, talks about the ways in which you can involve patients and the public in your training.