HSST Monthly Memo (August 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 your Training Programme Directors

Dr Lisa Ayers and Dr Owen Driskell

This month’s message is from Dr Lisa Ayers:

Welcome to the August edition of the HSST monthly memo. Despite a rainy start to the summer holidays, it looks to be brightening up and promising a sunny end of August. Hopefully you have already enjoyed a break or have plans to get away for a few days to enjoy.

The NSHCS would like to extend our huge thanks to all of you who have contributed to your professions over the last academic year, from supervising trainees, supporting research projects, participating in the recruitment and assessment processes, working with the NSHCS, HEIs, professional bodies and AHCS and all whilst continuing to deliver your service roles. As we look towards the autumn and the new cohorts of trainees starting on programmes, we hope to continue working closely with you to deliver the best possible training, developing the healthcare science workforce of the future.


Information for supervisors

Changes to the annual monitoring process for 2023

Annual monitoring is a requirement for HSST accredited departments. The new process will require you to report on:

  • Staffing and organisational changes
  • Changes to training planning and the availability of resources
  • Engagement in ‘Train the Trainer’
  • Challenges encountered in delivering the programme
  • Support provided for equality, diversity and inclusion

Previously, annual monitoring was completed in September of every year. Going forward annual monitoring will happen in July of every year.

The annual monitoring process for 2023 will open on Wednesday 26 July 2024 and will close on Monday 30 September 2024. The reporting period will be retrospective, now focusing on the academic year September 2023 to August 2024.

If you have just been accredited or reaccredited for a specialty you will be exempt from completing the process for the upcoming round.

Click here for more information about the annual monitoring process

Induction package for trainees starting in 2023

As part of the induction package for trainees starting in 2023 we have a combination of face-to-face and online sessions.

Below are the key dates to be aware of when working on your trainees’ training plans:

  • Wednesday 11 October – face-to-face induction day in central Manchester
  • Friday 20 October at 1:00pm – online webinar: getting to know the OneFile e-portfolio service

The School events team will be in touch with the incoming trainees directly with registration links and information.

Next Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative​​​​​​​ meeting

Our next Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative meeting will be online on Tuesday 7th November.

The Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative has been set up to enable collaboration between the healthcare science work-based training centres, the relevant Higher Education Institutes, the professional bodies and the National School of Healthcare Science.

As HSST supervisors you should have received an invitation to our next meeting earlier this month. You can also find the agenda and registration link on our website.

Click here to find more information about the Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative meetings


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

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