About the curriculum

For all specialisms the HSST curriculum delivers a mastery of higher scientific knowledge and clinical and scientific competence. During the 5 year programme a trainee is required 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
  • values, attitudes and behaviours

All of which are 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. Its underpinning academic doctoral programme has been established through joint working with the Council for Healthcare Science in Higher Education and workforce commissioners.

The Curriculum Library

All HSST curricula is available in the Curriculum Library and you will need to refer to this for all your module details.

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Components of the HSST curricula

There are three main components of the HSST curricula which reflect the five domains of Good Scientific Practice (GSP):

  • Clinical and scientific skills, values, behaviours and attitudes relating to professionalism and the delivery of scientific/clinical services (Domains 1 and 3)
  • Scientific content (Domain 2)
  • 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 they comprise the curriculum for the attainment of the standards required, for successful exit from the programme.

In addition, for those in physical sciences, 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 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 here.