Trainees are required to build up a portfolio of evidence of activity in the workplace mapped against the Higher Specialist Scientist Standards of Proficiency. This evidence will be stored in the e-portfolio service, OneFile. The evidence will be review by the NSHCS as a check on progress, and will be used to inform progression and completion decisions.

Project work is especially valuable for generating such evidence, designed or focussed (where possible) to:

  • Critically review the integrity of the underpinning science
  • Apply academic learning
  • Identify innovation and R and D opportunities
  • Propose and introduce possible system changes
  • Make explicit use of leadership skills and processes
  • Link to the domains of Good Scientific Practice

Clinical scientists in HSST will be required to accumulate evidence to demonstrate satisfactory achievement of the requirements of the curriculum, with respect to the practice, values and behaviours expected of a consultant clinical scientist. At this level it is not appropriate to require all trainees to complete identical workplace-based assessments, nor to define specific competencies. Instead, it is essential that there is flexibility for the trainee and their supervisor to decide what evidence of activity and which types of assessment method are most appropriate for evidencing progress.

The AHCS Standards of Proficiency are the professional standards which every Higher Specialist Scientist must meet in order to become registered, and must continue to meet in order to maintain their registration. By the time you are ready to exit the programme you should have evidence in your e-portfolio that you have met All of the Standards of Proficiency.

(For more details of assessments required for FRCPath Parts 1 or 2, or for the DClinSci, please contact RCPath or MAHSE as appropriate).