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 on the Royal College of Pathologists website.