Message from your Training Programme Directors
Dr Lisa Ayers and Dr Owen Driskell
This month’s message is from Dr Owen Driskell
Nets – devices, made of fabric or rope stitched together, used to catch things such as fish or butterflies.
Nets – two-dimensional representations of three-dimensional shapes.
The NETS (the National Education and Training Survey) is a national survey open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students and trainees undertaking a practice placement or training post in healthcare as part of their education and training programme. The survey collects opinions from students and trainees about their time working and training in practice placements and training posts, asking them to provide feedback on what worked well and what they think could be improved. Every survey response, across every profession and location, counts and helps to improve the experience of current and future students and trainees. Details below.
At the same time, we have our own Annual Review Process (ARP) now open. It is important both the HSST and their supervisor fill out their own individual returns. Both those perspectives form the basis of the review, allowing a perspective on both individual trainee progress and the programme.
It is important that the contact information for HSSTs and workplace supervisors is up-to-date, for example to ensure that you can participate in ARP. Please also take note of the changes to the email addresses in use at the School detailed below. Please use these addresses going forward as part of our move over to NHS England (hence the prefix ‘england.’ at the beginning of each the addresses).
Support for training and education is ideally directed by evidence. And so, as autumn unfolds, the nets are being cast to gather information and form a picture of the shape of training now.
New email addresses
We are switching over to NHS.NET email addresses. Any emails sent to HEE.NHS addresses will be re-directed. Our new email addresses are:
Assessment & Progression: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme Support: email@example.com
The Digital Servicedesk will remain as firstname.lastname@example.org for the foreseeable future. Servicedesk addresses will be changed at a later date.
Information for trainees
National Education and Training Survey (NETS)
The NETS is the only national survey open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students and trainees undertaking a practice placement or training post in healthcare as part of their education and training programme.
The survey gathers opinions from students and trainees about their time working and training in practice placements and training posts, asking them to provide feedback on what worked well and what they think could be improved.
Every survey response, across every profession and location, counts and helps to improve the experience of current and future students and trainees.
The NETS takes 10 minutes to complete and closes on 28 November.
Click here to find the National Education and Training Survey (expired link)
Annual review of progression
The Annual Review of Progression 2023 (ARP) for trainees on the HSST programme will close at 5pm on Thursday 09 November 2023.
Participation is a mandatory requirement for all HSST trainees in training years 2 – 5 and their workplace supervisors. Failure to participate puts future funding, accreditation and participation for trainee and/or department on the programme at risk and will be reported to regional quality and commissioning teams.
Outcomes from the review will be released to trainees and their workplace supervisors during week commencing 1 January 2024.
NIHR pre-application support fund
Are you thinking about applying for NIHR funding? Applications require a lot of preparatory thinking and work to ensure the best chance for success. The Pre-Application Support Fund is a new scheme providing extra support to those who need it to enhance their chances of making a successful application to an NIHR career development scheme in the future.
The current round for this support fund is open and more details are available at link below. There will be successive rounds of this funding to a total of three times a year. It could be worth considering if you had a project in mind and just needed some time and space to develop it into an application. It may seem a little strange to apply to get time to apply for something else, but this is intended as a lighter touch application to support the development of a significant application. Investing in ensuring the best possible applications go to the panels for funding decisions, improves the chances of funding the best possible research.
Information for first year trainees
Post-induction useful website links
At your recent induction day we made reference to the following sources of key information on the School website, which we would recommend that you check out:
- HSST research projects – research abstracts from previous trainees
- Guide for employers about use of the HSST training allowance
Getting to know the OneFile e-portfolio service: webinar for HSST trainees
Join us for an introduction to OneFile on Friday 17 November at 1pm, where we will show how to navigate the system, set up your submissions and give you some top tips and tricks to ensure you and your supervisor get the most out of the e-portfolio software during your training.
Click here to register for the OneFile webinar (expired link)
Information for supervisors
Next Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative meeting
Our next Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative meeting will be online on Tuesday 7 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.
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.