For all specialisms the HSST curriculum delivers a mastery of higher scientific knowledge and clinical and scientific competence and has a requirement during the 5-year programme for the individual to contribute to innovation or improvement through service delivery, patient safety, care, public communication/outreach and quality management. It delivers both personal and professional development including high-level skills in leadership, management, teaching, and the values, attitudes and behaviours appropriate for higher professional practice in the NHS.

The HSST curricula have been developed through joint working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and individual medical royal colleges, senior scientists and scientific professional bodies, employers and patients and its underpinning academic doctoral programme has been established through joint working with the Council for Healthcare Science in Higher Education and workforce commissioners.

Curriculum Library

The HSST curricula can be found in the Curriculum Library.

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Components of the HSST curricula

There are three main components of the HSST curricula which reflect the five domains of GSP:

  1. Clinical and scientific skills, and values, behaviours and attitudes relating to professionalism and the delivery of scientific/clinical services (Domains 1 and 3)
  2. Scientific content (Domain 2)
  3. Contribution to research, innovation and leadership in healthcare science (Domains 4 and 5)

These three components mapped to GSP cover both professional and specialism-specific syllabuses and the related assessment programme (including an Innovation in Clinical Sciences [ICS] project), together comprise the curriculum for the attainment of the standards required for successful exit from the programme.

In addition, for those in physical sciences, the physiological sciences or clinical bioinformatics, the Certificate of Completion of HSST (CCHSST) will also indicate that the underpinning doctoral programme/award (DClinSci) has been achieved.

In the life sciences, the CCHSST indicates achievement of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath), the ICS project and work based learning outcomes (which together meet the learning outcomes of the programme), with the doctoral award being optional. Details of the examination requirements for FRCPath are available.