Trainees are employed by an NHS Trust for the duration of the programme and will spend time in a range of settings, before specialising in the last two years of the programme.

The aim of the STP is to produce graduates who will possess the essential knowledge, skills, experience and attributes required of a newly-qualified Clinical Scientist in the NHS. They will be competent to undertake complex scientific and clinical roles, defining and choosing investigative and clinical options, making key judgements about complex facts and clinical situations within a quality assurance framework.

Many will work directly with patients and all will have an impact on patient care and outcomes. They will be involved, often in lead roles, in innovation and improvement, research and development and/or education and training.

  • Applicants

    This section includes useful information for anyone interested in applying to the Scientist Training Programme.

  • Trainees

    This section is for current STP trainees and contains information and resources to help them through their training.

  • Trainers

    Here you will find useful information and guidance for STP trainers and assessors.

  • STP Train the Trainer

    This section provides online guidance and training for all STP training officers.

  • STP research projects

    This is where you can find collections of STP project abstracts submitted by previous STP trainees.

  • STP case studies

    Case studies from trainees, training officers and alumni from a selection of specialties, talk about their training, roles and life in healthcare science.

  • STP COVID-19 webinars

    Here you will find the COVID-19 webinars for STP trainees and training officers.