Getting a Trainee

This information is for employers who are considering employing an STP trainee, either through the in-service or direct entry route.


Are you interested in employing an STP trainee?

If you are interested in employing a trainee from the Scientist Training Programme (STP), you need to contact your local Health Education England (HEE) office and speak to the healthcare science lead. See below for their contact details.

There may be specific conditions that your department needs to have in place before agreeing to commission a trainee post. You must also inform your lead scientist and Trust education and training lead of your plans to employ a STP trainee.

You may also want to take a look at our Accreditation information, as you will have to pass Accreditation before becoming a training centre.


Healthcare Science Leads contact information

Name HEE area office Telephone
Jennifer Boughen
Katrina Oates

Alternative email:

East of England n/a
Aarti Makan

Please send email to both addresses

London 020 7127 6245
Maxine Kwofie

Alternative email:

Midlands (East and West) 0121 695 2500
Sally Drew North East, Yorkshire and Humber 07920 834506
Greg Martin

Can also cc. Nicholas Fowler-Johnson for information

North West n/a
Shakira Greaves South East: Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Wessex, Thames Valley n/a
Helene Fouquet South West (includes Salisbury) 01454 252726
Christine Love

HEIW recruitment to STP

Wales 01445 848548
Robert Farley Scotland 0131 656 3230
Peter Barbour
Professor Ian Young
Northern Ireland n/a

What do I need to know about employing an in-service trainee?

If you are an employer wishing to put forward an existing employee for a post on the Scientist Training Programme (STP), the guidance available below will provide you with:

  • an overview of the recruitment process for in-service posts
  • a step-by-step guide for how an applicant needs to apply for an in-service post
  • information about the internal selection process and interview

What do I need to know about direct entry trainees?

You may also wish to know about the recruitment process for direct entry trainees.


Last updated on 31st August 2021