Higher Specialist Scientist Training – Core person specification (2022)



Details Assess by
Registration with the HCPC as a Clinical Scientist or:

  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and relevant MSc
  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, who holds the British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS) Specialist diploma in Transfusion Science Practice and relevant MSc
  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist having completed the CPSM logbook (prior to introduction of the IBMS Specialist Diploma) and relevant MSc
  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma
  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and completion of IBMS 2-part Fellowship Special Exam
  • HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice

Applicants who are eligible for such registration, and have their application underway, may apply for the HSST programme but if appointed are not eligible to commence an HSST training position until registered. This registration requires education to the level of MSc in Clinical Science, or equivalent.


Scientific skills

Details Assess by
A passion for (committed, in-depth interest in and enjoyment of) clinical scientific practice and its application to patients and healthcare in a clinical environment. Application and interview
Ability to analyse and critically evaluate scientific, technical, educational and medical literature.

Ability to identify opportunities for research and innovation and successfully complete and disseminate findings.

Ability to make judgments, including clinical judgments involving facts or situations that impact on patients.

Application and interview
Have a detailed understanding and experience of quality assurance in a science or laboratory context. Application and interview
Proficiency in the performance of routine and complex techniques currently in use within the specialism (including following Standard Operating Procedures accurately) and the ability to develop, validate and implement new techniques. Application and interview and references
Able to identify problems associated with scientific equipment, inappropriate testing and incompatible results and to investigate these, plan corrective action confirming appropriateness with senior colleagues and follow up, e.g. ability to use, maintain and troubleshoot scientific equipment. Application and interview
Evaluates the current and future role of their chosen specialism in providing patient centred healthcare and can debate current issues and future challenges and the strategic direction of the specialism. Application and interview
Excellent IT skills and knowledge of common computing packages for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation packages, databases, reference management and handling of clinical data sets. Application and interview
Ability to analyse complex information comprising laboratory or workshop data, images and clinical information. Knowledge acquired through study and experience to formulate appropriate advice and make appropriate judgments. Application and interview

Transferable skills

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Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, in order to:

  • explain analytical, scientific and clinical aspects of the work to a variety of people including scientific colleagues, clinical professionals, service managers, patients and the public, listen and respond to their concerns, questions and needs
  • present scientific research, innovation and new developments to groups of colleagues
  • be involved in curriculum review and further development, teaching and assessment using a range of a methods
Application and interview
Good active listening skills to build rapport in order to encourage an open discussion and ability to use questioning to maximise exchange of information. Application and interview
Self aware and flexible enough to adopt a range of evaluative  and empathising communication styles reflecting a wide range of needs. Application and interview
Ability to work autonomously in the planning and execution of their own work and training and development. Application and interview
Evidence of the ability to lead others and contribute to the leadership and strategic direction of the service in which they work. Application and interview
Demonstrably excellent interpretative skills in the formulation of advice to multi-disciplinary team members on diagnosis and appropriate treatment of patients and where appropriate the ability to explain findings to patients. Application and interview
Good personal organisational and project management skills, knowledge of finance, budgets, business case and service development, change management, managing and appraising staff. Application and interview
Effective team worker, willing to adopt a role working in collaboration with others or as team leader. Provide training for internal/external individuals or groups. Application and interview
Ability to handle patient samples, hazardous reagents and chemicals in a safe manner in accordance with Health and Safety regulations. Application and interview
Ability to support distressed patients (or their carers) including those with a range of acute or chronic clinical conditions, perhaps terminal, and disabilities in a variety of healthcare settings. Application and interview
Demonstrates values and principles of the NHS Constitution as a whole with a focus on patient centred care. Application

Personal qualities

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Ability to be non-judgmental and work within an ethical framework respecting the views of colleagues and patients. Application and interview
Must be able to demonstrate and practice the values, behaviours and attitudes which support those set out in the NHS Constitution. Application and interview and references

Physical requirements

Reasonable adjustments will be made in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Details Assess by
Ability to work under pressure (emotional resilience and ability to prioritise and plan work) and tenacity. Interview and references
Highly developed physical skills where accuracy is important for manipulation of fine tools, materials/high degree of precision, coordination. Application
Ability to meet the travel requirements of the training role and any clinical rotations. Application and references

Last updated on 21st February 2022

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