The School Report – Coronavirus Special Edition (April 2020)

Our newsletter is a quarterly report covering activities within the School, latest news, events, trainee projects and a variety of other resources for everyone working in and around healthcare science.

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This edition will update you on the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on many different aspects of healthcare science training. We will be continuously updating our COVID website hub and Twitter page to provide key information as it becomes available.


Message from Professor Berne Ferry

In my blog this month I wanted to start by saying a huge ‘Thank you’ to all of our fantastic Healthcare Scientists (and your families) who, despite all of you confronting challenging situations both in work and personally, continue to work tirelessly to help patients at this time.

Read Berne’s blog for April 2020


The workforce response to Coronavirus

The four national CSO offices of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have written a joint statement about the workforce response to Coronavirus.

This includes:

  • Working with the HCPC to enable people who have recently left the register to come back to work.
  • Inviting our final year healthcare science students to come into clinical practice to support us over the next few months.
  • Redeployment of healthcare scientists with transferable skills to areas of increased demand.

Read the full four nation CSO joint letter

Find out more about joining the HCPC temporary register

Read the guidance on redeploying healthcare scientists (Expired link)


Project Nightingale hospitals

You will no doubt be aware that the COVID-19 response means that the NHS is delivering care very differently than usual. Healthcare scientists have a vital role to play and we’re aware that many existing staff want to offer their time and expertise.

We are working closely with the Chief Scientific Officer’s office in NHS England to identify how the transferrable skills of healthcare scientists across our many specialties can be called upon so that healthcare scientists of all specialties can be up-skilled and redeployed against the virus.

Visit our COVID-19 section for further information


Cancellation of multiple School-led events

We have taken the decision to postpone or cancel a range of our school-led meetings and events including:

  • STP recruitment interviews
  • STP curriculum review
  • STP and HSST Train the Trainer summer events
  • EPA April conference
  • End-point assessments

We will be continuously updating our COVID website hub to to provide key information as it becomes available and will email Trainees and Training Officers impacted by these decisions.


Last updated on 10th March 2022

This publication is part of The School Report (2020)