Delivery of the programme can be challenging and centres engaging with the programme are encouraged to: 

  • Undertake a review of the capabilities of the local training centre or consortium to ensure adequate scientific coverage.
  • Recognise and publicise the need for wider organisational involvement in training delivery and assessment.
  • Inform and engage local organisational leaders about the programme and seek their participation in assessment e.g. CEO, NED’s, Executive Nursing Director, Medical Director, R&D Lead, Strategic Director of Planning, General Managers etc.
  • Consider possible opportunities for patient engagement and public involvement.
  • Review the scope and extent of any local or regional network to support trainees.
  • Promote the visibility of HSST participants and their value to the local health economy.
  • Consider the level of tasks, activities and assessment for HSST recognising the manner in which it spirals upwards and the possible mapping to Blooms taxonomy.
  • Talk less of a training plan and more of job plan that reflects value to department.
  • Develop tasks from the workplace such that learning comes from useful activities, and map these onto learning outcomes in the curriculum.
  • Extend the challenge to focus on the role of a consultant clinical scientist.
  • Create a bespoke plan for the clinical scientist in HSST that is truly unique to them and develops and extends their existing competencies towards those required of a consultant clinical scientist.