HSST Monthly Memo (April 2023)

The HSST Monthly Memo includes the latest programme updates, events and key resources for HSST trainees and supervisors.

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Message from the Head of School

Hi Everyone,

I hope no one minds me hijacking this Monthly Memo for the last time to bid farewell to you all. I will be leaving the School and NHSE at the end of May and I am so grateful of the opportunity to be able to express just a little of the immense sense of gratitude I have to science and to healthcare scientists in particular.

I want to say thank you to:

The Trainers, (including lead station writers, examiners, interviewers, and all of you who take on the multiple and varied roles involved in educating the healthcare scientists of the future: there will be supervisors, mentors, and countless work colleagues amongst this group).

Thank you for staying and working in the NHS, for your time, dedication, and skills, for your experience and faith in what you do and for your clear faith in your work and the idea of the NHS. You are amazing, a brilliant bunch of people who happen to be scientists and who have chosen to utilise your knowledge and expertise for the good of the health of people. It is a privilege to be one of you and to have worked with you. Thank you.

The Trainees, (including HCS apprentices, PTP students, STP, ETP, HSST, ASP and anyone whom I’ve forgotten to mention).

Thank you for choosing the NHS to hone your scientific skills and for taking the first step to become one of the most important people in any hospital: a healthcare scientist. You are all extraordinary! You work so hard and are not only tackling a difficult and nationally recognised impressive academic and clinical programme, but you are also navigating your way through a curriculum that involves a university, the NSHCS and an everyday work life in busy and challenging NHS Trust departments. It has been an honour to have led the School for so many years and wonderful to have been able to watch you guys grow and embrace the tasks and challenges in your new NHS roles.

The University, School, HEE, NHSE, AHCS and so many other colleagues.

Thank all of you for being such great and collaborative colleagues, for your enthusiasm, knowledge and enterprise and for your constant and never-ending innovation. It has been a pleasure to have worked with all of you.

Thank you to all of you for being part of the journey. Good luck in the future. It’ll be fascinating to watch where it goes and by what path it gets there. I wish each of you every success and happiness going forward

Best wishes



Information for all trainees

New Consultants Day Wednesday 3 May

The New Consultants Day is an event to help and support those recently appointed to a consultant post or who will soon be taking one up. It is appropriate for all pathology specialties and for both medically-trained pathologists and clinical scientists.

You will hear from experienced consultants on a range of topics, such as:

  • how to prepare a business case to secure resource
  • how to set up new services
  • how best to deal with complaints
  • appraisal, revalidation and job planning (parallel session for medically-trained pathologists)
  • the experiences of consultant clinical scientists (parallel session for clinical scientists)

It is most suitable for those appointed to a consultant post within the last year or who expect to be appointed to a consultant post within the next year.

Click here to register for the New Consultants’ Day event on Wednesday 3 May (expired link)

Digital Health Leadership Programme

The Digital Health Leadership Programme is an NHS Digital Academy Programme for aspirational and established digital leaders. Colleagues working across the NHS and social care in England are encouraged to apply to the programme, including those working in Healthcare Science. This is your opportunity to become an expert influencer and the driving force behind strategic, large-scale, digital change and transformation across your organisation.

The Programme is a 12-month fully accredited Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Digital Health Leadership delivered by Imperial College London and partners. It is funded centrally and delivered through 8 modules via a mixed delivery model, including self-learning alongside virtual and face-to-face group sessions.

Applications are now open until 23:59, 14 May 2023.

Click here to find further information about the programme and join one of our application support webinars to hear from previous alumni

Inspiring the younger generation to consider a career in the NHS

To help mark its 75th anniversary, the NHS has teamed up with Inspiring the Future to inspire children to consider a career in the Service. The NHS Ambassadors programme connects NHS staff with schools. By talking about their job, NHS staff will help to illustrate the connection between what students are studying in the classroom and the potential opportunities available in the NHS, recognising that the Service has over 350 different careers on offer.

The initiative is looking for NHS staff, from all levels and professions to register and commit to a minimum of an hour a year to go into schools and colleges – in person or virtually. It’s easy to sign up and by doing so you’ll be helping to inspire the NHS workforce of the future.

Click here to sign up to become an NHS ambassador


Information for supervisors

New training for trainers package

Earlier this month we contacted all trainers in the workplace to announce the launch of our new package of training for trainers. This new package has been developed after extensive feedback from trainers working in all our of programmes.

The new training offer will include a suite of guidance and learning resources.

Learning resources on the Learning Hub

In the coming months an extensive suite of new learning resources will be made available for trainers to access via The Learning Hub, whether you are new to the role or an experienced trainer and regardless of which programme you work on.

Train the Trainer

There are no plans, currently to change the format of the HSST Train the Trainer.

Please click this link to request access to the HSST Train the Trainer recording and evaluation from October 2022.

Click here to read the full statement announcing our new package of training for trainers

Summary from Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative Meeting

On Monday 27 March we held our first face-to-face healthcare science education and training collaborative meeting.

On our website you will find copies of the presentations made at the Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative meeting and summaries from the roundtable sessions and workshops.

Click here to view updates from this collaborative meeting on Monday 27 March


Missed a previous edition of the HSST Monthly Memo?

We’ve published copies of the Monthly Memo for HSST trainees and training officers on our website.

Click here to view previous editions of the HSST Monthly Memo.

Last updated on 12th February 2024

This publication is part of HSST Monthly Memo (2023)