STP Monthly Memo (July 2021)

Our monthly memo for STP trainees and training officers features relevant news, helpful tips, opportunities to promote healthcare science and FAQs.

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Message from your STP Training Programme Directors, Jane Lynch and Namir Al Hasso

Welcome to the July issue of the STP memo. We hope you are all well and enjoying some good weather.

Here at the School it is a very busy and exciting time. We are preparing for a new and increased intake of trainees with this year’s induction day planned as a virtual session again. We are looking for volunteers from our pool of current trainees to be involved. Please see the article below for more information. We are also in the middle of the IACC 2021 process, with more than 300 interviews completed and the Examination and Ratification Boards planned very soon to allow timely release of the results. We wish everyone the best in this process and remind anyone that we are here for advice and support whenever you need it.

We are also very pleased to be moving forward with our new STP curriculum launch. This project has reviewed and renewed the curricula for all the STP specialisms, and some have seen greater changes than others. This has been a major project over the last few years, and we thank everyone involved – Lead Curriculum writers, all those who were on the panels, all those who reviewed and commented and especially our fantastic curriculum team lead by Chris Fisher for managing the process so well despite the challenges of the last 18 months. The curricula have been modernised and future-proofed with the aim of ensuring we continue to train Clinical Scientists with the appropriate skills and knowledge to lead in their particular branches of Healthcare Science. For more details regarding the launch please see below.

Other highlights within this memo include the launch of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion page on the website. Please visit this page to meet the committee and hear more about their work and also to access the new conscious inclusion training.


Equality, diversity and inclusion at the School

Message from the School EDI Committee Chair, Chanelle Peters.

It gives me great pleasure to share our new equality, diversity and inclusion page where we intend to use the School platform to promote change, become more educated and to support our trainees and training officers with any matters relating to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The School’s committee currently collaborates with the STP Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic network, the Chief Scientific Officer’s Office and HEE Regional Diversity, Inclusion and Participation Managers to improve and support education and training in areas such as recruitment and general workplace practice.

Click here to view our new equality, diversity and inclusion page and meet the committee

We would like to introduce our conscious inclusion training which is one of our first steps to provide all our stakeholders with training in understanding unconscious bias.

We hope you enjoy the new resources and we would love to hear any feedback you may have in relation to this. You can contact us using our dedicated email address

Click here to view our conscious inclusion training


The HEE National Education and Training Survey closes this week

The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) is the only national survey open to all healthcare students across all clinical learning environments in England.

The survey is run by Health Education England (HEE) as part of our work to improve the experience of all students and trainees working and training in clinical services across the NHS and beyond.

The survey closes on Friday and takes just 10 minutes to fill in. Your feedback will help placement providers to make real changes to improve the student experience.


Curriculum launch for 2022 and what you need to know now

Ahead of the new STP curriculum launching this week we are holding a number of sessions for stakeholders responsible for training trainees from September 2022.

Webinar – Wednesday 21st July

On Wednesday 21st July at 12:30pm HEE’s CEO, Navina Evans, will be joining the School in hosting a webinar to launch the new STP curriculum.

We spoke about:

  • what you need to know now
  • where to find the new curriculua
  • where to find the stakeholder feedback from the review process
  • our schedule of communications going forward and how we will support you
  • what information is needed for the 2022 expressions of interest

Drop-in session – Wednesday 28th July

On Wednesday 28th July at 10am we will be hosting a drop-in session for employers looking to take on a trainee in 2022 ahead of the expressions of interest opening.

Training officers, training leads and employers can speak to members of the School directly to access their expertise and guidance.


Preparing for a new trainee

If you are planning for a new trainee starting in September we have a number of online resources and tools available to support you. They are also helpful for existing training officers who would like a quick refresher.

Click here to find all the supportive resources available to you

On 11th August 12-2pm we will be holding a drop-in session on preparing for a new trainee where training officers can speak to members of the School directly to access their expertise and guidance.

The discussions are confidential and usually offered on a 15 minute basis per person.


STP induction day event

Trainees joining the Scientist Training Programme (STP) in September 2021 will need to attend this key event as part of their induction to the training programme. This year, the induction will take place virtually on Wednesday 15th September starting at 10am and finishing at approximately 3:30pm.

This event will be an opportunity for all new trainees to find out more about the programme and to virtually network with the School, trainee networks, professional bodies, universities and fellow trainees. The day will include sessions focusing on:

  • the programme
  • trainees’ responsibilities and those of their training officer
  • assessments and competencies
  • the experiences of current trainees on the training programme
  • how current training officers conduct work-based training in the departments
  • how the work of healthcare scientists impacts directly on patient care and service delivery in the NHS

Please share this information with your colleagues so that the date can be included in training planning.


STP induction day: request for trainee volunteers

We will be holding the STP trainee induction virtually on Wednesday 15th September, between 10am to 3:30pm. We are looking for existing STP trainees to help support the event by volunteering to take part in round table discussions and question and answer sessions.

We still need trainee volunteers from the following specialties:

  • Andrology
  • Clinical Bioinformatics Health, Physical Sciences
  • Clinical Engineering
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Clinical Measurement & Development
  • Clinical Pharmaceutical Science
  • Critical Care Science
  • Decontamination
  • Gastrointestinal Physiology
  • Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics
  • Ophthalmic and Vision Science
  • Radiation Safety Physics
  • Radiotherapy Physics
  • Reconstructive Science
  • Respiratory & Sleep Sciences
  • Urological Science

Taking part in STP induction day is an excellent opportunity for you to network and tick off some of your standards for the programme. It is an enjoyable experience and one that will give you a chance to reflect on how far you yourself have come. Sharing your experiences in such an extraordinary time of being in training during the COVID-19 pandemic will be valuable for new trainees, especially sharing those golden nuggets of information that have helped you complete your competencies.

Volunteers will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.


Meet the School's training support team

We offer regular drop-in sessions which provide a means through which trainees and training officers can speak to members of the School directly to access their expertise and guidance.

The drop-in sessions are offered on a regular basis and are themed to maintain focus for particular areas of support or guidance.

The discussions are confidential and usually offered on a 15 minute basis per person. Any issues not resolved or requiring follow up will be logged and further meetings arranged to address unresolved issues.

Click here to find out more about our drop-in sessions

Below are the dates for our upcoming drop-in sessions:

  • 25th August – Training support, scientific support
  • 29th September – Training support, scientific support
  • 27th October – Training support, scientific support
  • 24th November – Training support, scientific support

Click here to find our drop-in sessions timetable and event joining links


Do you have any advice to share?

We are looking to develop and improve awareness of the support available to trainees during their programmes and to offer guidance to training officers so they know where to turn to offer or seek the appropriate support where it is needed.

We would like to create a number of podcasts with current and former trainees and training officers about their experiences, what worked well, what challenges they faced and how they overcame them. The podcasts will be part of the ongoing development of resources available to trainees and trainers and we feel that your voice will be most powerful in guiding others on the programme in terms of when and how to seek support.

The podcasts will be completely anonymous and managed via informal chat with a member of the School and conducted remotely. We will ensure that the discussion does not make any personal circumstances identifiable but will explore more broadly the key issues experienced and how they were or could be resolved. We will work with you to agree the final product and then will make the podcast available online. We may also use them as an educational resource during our Train the Trainer and induction programmes to further improve awareness of how to support trainees.

The experiences could be broad ranging from:

  • Training planning
  • Training environment
  • Health and wellbeing and pastoral support
  • Managing statutory leave and training e.g. maternity, paternity, adoption or parental leave
  • Professional relationships
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Seeking changes to training e.g. extensions, deferrals, step off, career breaks, transfer, early employment
  • Part-time training

If you think you have an experience that you would like to share and could benefit other trainees or trainers then please do get in touch by emailing us at We would love to hear from you.


Report your disability to us

Have you previously reported a self-identified disability to us? If so, please look out for a link in your email about updating some of your information.

If you would like to report a disability now and haven’t before please contact to request a form.


Share your training plan

During the COVID-19 pandemic, significant numbers of healthcare scientists in training have had learning opportunities cancelled resulting in a substantial impact on experiential learning and curriculum completion.

Each specialism has been impacted differently and to help assist with training recovery we are looking to add to our example training plans on the website that show how you have adapted your training as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are able to share your training plans with us please email


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