HSST Monthly Memo (July 2024)

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

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Information for trainees

IAPS November 2024 showcase submission deadline

For trainees sitting their first attempt at the IAPS in November 2024, the showcase submission deadline is Monday 19 August 2024. Further important dates regarding the November IAPS are available on the School website.

To help you prepare your IAPS showcase the following resources are available:

If you have any questions after watching the video guide, join us on Monday 22 July between 10am to 11am for a showcase Q&A session. Please email for an invite. Alternatively, questions can be emailed to the School at any time.

Clinical Immunology FRCPath Part 2 exam and viva preparation course

This practical course is designed for Clinical Scientists and SpR trainees who feel they need to cover the basics required for this exam. The course is being run by the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and is a 2 day residential course, in Plymouth, from the 14 to 16 August 2024.

Topics will be focused around the written paper sections and will include:

  • EQA interpretation
  • IQC familiarisation and interpretation
  • incident reporting
  • validation a verification
  • flow cytometry workshop
  • uncommon Auts
  • pitfalls of protein chemistry

To discuss course details further and register to attend please email or


Information for trainees and supervisors

Launch of the new pathway for the Neurophysiology STP in Intraoperative Neuromonitoring

We are very pleased to share with you the new pathway for the Neurophysiology STP in in Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM).

We launched the curricula with a webinar featuring Lead Editor Rachel Hutchings discussing the benefits of the new curricula and STP Training Programme Director EMma Bowers talking through the steps to hosting a trainee on this pathway in your department.

Find out more about the programme and watch the webinar

New level 4 Medical Physics apprenticeship programme starts this summer

This new apprenticeship programme is suitable for staff who have already completed the Level 2 Healthcare Science Assistant Apprenticeship, or those who have equivalent medical physics experience and GCSE Science.

Apprentices will complete a BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science, as well as building a portfolio of evidence against the Healthcare Science Associate standard which is assessed independently by the End-Point Assessment service at the National School of Healthcare Science.

The programme is due to start with the first cohort in August 2024.

Find out more about the apprenticeship, entry requirements and how to apply

Shape the agenda of the November Education and Training Collaborative

The School is currently thinking about the NSHCS Education and Training Collaborative in November and would welcome any suggestions for areas of discussion or specific agenda items.

If you have or haven’t attended the collaborative previously, we would appreciate any thoughts you may have on pertinent areas for the Collaborative programme to incorporate. Please let us know your thoughts by completing the survey linked to below.

Share your suggestions for agenda items for the NSHCS Education and Training Collaborative

Sign up for our next Sharing Good Practice webinars

The next webinars in our Sharing Good Practice series are:

If you would like to present at the ‘Delivering training in the workplace’ webinar, please email our Education Training Manager, Sally Clee directly

View a recording of our recent Sharing Good Practice webinar on ‘Approaches to the delivery of the STP’

‘Approaches to the delivery of the STP’, the second webinar in our Sharing Good Practice series, took place on Wednesday 22 May 2024.

View a recording of this webinar

Sharing Good Practice resources

We now have a ‘Sharing Good Practice’ section on the School website, where all webinar recordings will be made available together with any pre-recorded presentations by trainers on various training topics.

If you or your network have developed practice that you feel could be valuable to share with your peers, please express an interest in sharing your practice via the form linked to below.

Express an interest in contributing to our Sharing Good Practice webinar series

Expressions of interest now open for new Respiratory Science and Sleep Medicine training programmes

Expressions of Interest are now open for employers to request places on the 2024 intake of both the PG Cert in Sleep Medicine and the Graduate Diploma in Respiratory Science programmes.

Find out more about funding, expressions of interest and timelines

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Virtual Prenatal Genetics Course

This course will take place on six half day sessions between 16 October 2024 and 28 November 2024.

The course will provide the background scientific knowledge needed to understand the theory behind the application of genetics in a prenatal setting. The scientific content will be complemented with case based examples and practical exercises to connect the scientific theory to the application in your day to day practice.

Participants will be equipped with the basics of prenatal genetic counselling and managing complex scenarios as well as an update on new technologies. They will also gain skills in taking a family history and assessing when a referral on to clinical genetics is indicated.

Find out more about the Virtual Prenatal Genetics Course

LabMed Management and Leadership course

This course, which is only open to LabMed members, will be held from 19 to 23 August 2024 at Canterbury Christ Church University. It includes topics such as NHS structure and organisation, finance and clinical leadership.

Find out more and register for this course


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Last updated on 9th July 2024

This publication is part of HSST Monthly Memo (2024)