Your STP curriculum

Your training programme is made up of a series of modules which are detailed in the curriculum for your specialty. Your programme combines core, rotation and specialist modules. Full details about all of your modules can be found in the Curriculum Library.


About the curriculum library

The Curriculum Library details all the competencies and assessments that you are required to demonstrate and undertake in your workplace for STP.


What modules do I have to take?

In every specialty, the core modules are compulsory. In most specialties all the rotation and specialist modules are fixed and compulsory. In some there are sets of modules that can be chosen from. Where this is the case, you must agree with your Training Officer which modules you will be required to follow in order to meet the specific workforce need for your post.

All of your modules contain work-based competencies and most contain assessments that you are required to demonstrate and undertake and have signed off by an appropriate assessor in your workplace. In order to complete a module, you must complete all the competencies contained in the module plus the required combination of work-based assessments specified for the module.

Introduction to Healthcare Science

This module will introduce you to important concepts supporting Healthcare Science. You will learn about the standards you must work to and how you can embody these in your practice as a Healthcare Science professional. You’ll complete competencies in the workplace to demonstrate your professional competence. 

Elective module

You can complete an elective placement. This is an opportunity for you to spend four to six weeks doing something which will expand your knowledge and broaden your experience as a specialist in your field. Completing competencies will help you reflect on your elective experience. 

This is a valuable opportunity to increase knowledge, broaden experience in your specialist field, and gain insight into how different services function in a setting of your choice 

Electives offer an opportunity to do something completely different. For example, your elective can help you to: 

  • Gain hands-on experience that might not otherwise be possible on the STP
  • Explore areas of particular interest in depth that are beyond the scope of the STP (e.g. specific scientific, social or economic areas) 

It is important that you can apply your elective experiences to your own area of practice. This would include critically reflecting on the elective and developing an action plan as part of your continuing personal and professional development and preparing and delivering a presentation on the elective to colleagues and other healthcare science trainees. This also helps contribute to your professional practice competencies. 

Electives can be arranged for any time during specialist training. The elective can consist of a single four to six-week period, or a series of shorter periods, dependent upon availability and other factors that should be discussed with your training officer. It is essential that the timing and content of the elective is discussed with the host institution or department, and that the host department can ensure sufficient resources and locations are available. You need to be aware that you are required to source appropriate funding arrangements for your elective. You must ensure you have considered any permissions that will be required; for example, for travel, honorary contracts or liability insurance. The School has no role in agreeing or supporting the electives. 

Read about some previous trainees electives

Research methods and research project

As part of your programme you will have the opportunity to contribute to research in your specialist field. You’ll be supported through your project by your University. 


Rotation modules

You will complete four rotations. At least one of the rotations will be in the specialism that you will pursue in your specialist training. The rotations are designed to provide a breadth of knowledge and skills in different but related areas of a chosen specialism. They may also enable you to gain experience of working in another department or Trust to see how different service providers operate, helping you to understand the whole patient pathway.  

Rotations also encourage new learning to be brought back into your own area of practice. They are useful for expanding professional networks outside of your specialism and they can help you develop new skills and different ways of working.  

During the rotational training several competencies and assessments will need to be completed to provide evidence that you are making progress and are achieving the relevant learning. It is very important that the work-based assessments for the rotational period are carried out while you are in the rotational department.  

Your Training Officer should have a plan for your rotational year at the beginning of the programme. If you do not have one in place, please speak to your training officer. You may be asked to help with contacting the relevant trainers in the rotational departments. 


Specialist modules

During specialist training you may be based in a single department or laboratory or may be required to undertake training in other training environments to ensure you achieve the learning outcomes of the programme. Training departments may develop consortia arrangements to facilitate these links. If the host department is unable to provide all the training required to enable you to complete all the learning outcomes, it will need to arrange training in other training units. The host department will plan the detailed timetable for specialist training for you.

Graphic showing what STP trainees will complete in the workplace

Graphic showing what STP trainees will complete in the workplace

Last updated on 2nd February 2022