STP Curriculum FAQs for trainees

Here you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the STP curriculum.

Can I get APL if I have already obtained a master’s in my specialism?

The master’s degree part of the programme is designed to complement the work based training and it is essential to complete both. You would need to speak directly to the particular University that is delivering the STP master’s programme to see if they will give you any exemptions.

I am having trouble setting up my rotation; who can help me?

Speak to your training officer to help find a solution. Your training officer should contact the School if they are having difficulties helping you. The Practice Education Facilitator (if there is one in your Trust) should also be able to help.

Is there a definitive date for the completion of the rotation competencies?

Rotations should be completed before beginning specialist training. For trainees starting in 2022 onwards the rotations should be completed in the first year.

Can I obtain professional registration by completing the STP?

You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) on completion of the STP. For anyone commencing on programme from 2018 onwards, the School’s Certificate of Completion (STPCC) will be accepted for registration purposes. For anyone commencing on programme from 2016 and 2017, the Certificate of Attainment from the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) is also required along with the School’s CCSTP.

Click this link for more information about equivalence.

I’m a trainee on the STP, how will the curriculum content review affect me?

Making sure your training gets you ready to work at the highest level in healthcare, understanding and advising on the most recent advances in technology and innovations is vitally important. If you started the STP in September 2021 or earlier you will continue on your current curriculum. If you start the STP from September 2022 you will follow a revised curriculum.

Are OCEs in specialist modules an essential requirement for completion of training or can I just complete using CBDs and DOPS?

We would not advise limiting your assessments to just DOPs and CBDs; completion of OCEs is important in your development as a clinical scientist. This might include advising a clinical colleague or patient under supervision, or simulation on the procedure for a test or specialised sample collection.

Local trainee networks can be very helpful to guide you with further suggestions, details of these groups can be found on our website if you are not already in contact with them.

Last updated on 2nd February 2022