The School Report (September 2022)

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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News from the National School

Expressions of Interest for 2023 cohorts now open ​​​​​​​

We are pleased to announce that the portal for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the 2023 Scientist Training Programme (STP), Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme (HSST) and the Echocardiography Training Programme (ETP) cohorts opened on the 1st July and will close on the 15th September 2022.

In previous years we have had additional requests for more EOIs to meet the demand. However, we do not anticipate there being further rounds of requests. Once the portal closes, panels will review the expressions and submit supported requests for funding. The process will allow recruitment to begin in a timely manner, with confirmation of support and funding arriving sooner, allowing your organisations to prepare for the intake of trainees.

We encourage you to submit your EOIs whilst the portal is open.

Click here to access the online portals

Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) curriculum review consultation

The School has been working with the feedback from the PTP Improvement Review which concluded in 2020. We have considered all the feedback and developed a new set of principles which would guide the shape of the Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) moving forward.

We now need your thoughts to ensure these principles meet the needs of the PTP. We are seeking feedback from all stakeholders in the PTP and we are particularly keen to hear views from PTP graduates.

Click here to complete the short survey on the introduction of new principles to guide the PTP

Updated Clinical Microbiology Curriculum now available for review​​​​​​​

After lots of hard work from the curriculum review group, we’re really pleased to share the draft Clinical Microbiology curriculum with you. Now we need your thoughts and comments. You can view the curriculum and provide your response to the survey until the 15th of September.

The updated curriculum will be delivered from September 2023.

Click here to view the curriculum and provide your response to the survey

Pathology portal supports the training of pathology specialties

The Pathology Portal is an innovative learning resource for pathology trainees and consultants, created in partnership with the Royal College of Pathologists and Health Education England Technology Enhanced Learning (HEE TEL).

Featuring a range of online resources for learning, healthcare training and quality assurance schemes, the portal’s resources are interactive and easy to use. It allows flexible training to plug learning gaps at a local, regional and national level.

Available in the Learning Hub, the portal has been designed to facilitate the training of the existing and future healthcare workforce with content that can be tailored to individual learner needs, to cover flexible and return-to-work training, as well as competence testing. The ambition for the Pathology Portal is to replicate real world training environments as closely as possible.

Initial modules cover cytology, autopsy pathology, neuropathology and histopathology, including sub-specialist training material that is not widely available. The next phase of the Pathology Portal involves expanding the content for all pathology specialities and this project is underway.

The Pathology Portal is available on the Learning Hub now. People with an NHS, GOV.UK or university email address can register on the Learning Hub or login with their elearning for healthcare (elfh) Hub details.

For more information about the Pathology Portal project, please feel free to email

Click here to visit the Pathology Portal

School develops podcasts to support trainers and trainees

In the last year the School has produced a growing number of podcasts designed to provide support to trainers and trainees in a number of areas.

For example, all of the topics that we cover in both STP and HSST Train The Trainer have a dedicated podcast episode in which Train The Trainer speakers are interviewed about their topics.

This year we are developing a training support podcast series, often involving interviews with trainees about their experiences. There are episodes about managing training alongside maternity leave, about health and wellbeing and training with disabilities. More episodes will be added to this series in the coming months.

All of our podcasts can be discovered and played on our SoundCloud account at or via the SoundCloud app on your mobile device.

Additionally, you can find each series embedded into relevant areas within the School website.

Click here to discover all our podcasts on SoundCloud


News from our partners

Chief Scientific Officer’s Annual Conference 2022​​​​​​​

The Chief Scientific Officer’s Annual Conference 2022, will be on Tuesday 11 October, Grand Connaught Rooms, London.

Joined by Vivienne Parry OBE and other senior leaders, including our own Professor Berne Ferry, the conference is an opportunity to celebrate the latest successes and future innovations in health, care and science, both in the UK and internationally. It recognises the evolving role of healthcare science and how it supports broader healthcare and NHS priorities from a clinical and transformation perspective.

This year, the agenda will cover diagnostics recovery, the importance of collaborating with data, supporting the healthcare science workforce and a look ahead to future technology and regulation.

Click here to find further details on the CSO conference and register your attendance (expired link)

Chief Scientific Officer’s Excellence in Healthcare Science Awards – nominate today​​​​​​​

The 2022 Chief Scientific Officer’s Excellence in Healthcare Science Awards celebrates the incredible contributions and achievements of the healthcare science workforce.

Professor Dame Sue Hill invites you to recognise your peers by nominating them for an award. Send your nominations to by Saturday 17 September 2022. Winners will be announced at the CSO’s Annual Conference 2022 on Tuesday 11 October.

Click here to visit the website for further details on award categories and to complete the nomination form (expired link)

NHS Genomics Healthcare Summit 2022 ​​​​​​​

The inaugural NHS Genomics Healthcare Summit will be your opportunity to find out more about how genomic medicine is transforming patient care and clinical services in the NHS, the latest advances in the field, the ongoing plans for implementation in the NHS and demonstrating how the NHS is leading the world in this space. You’ll be able to hear from senior leaders in the NHS, visionaries in the field of genomics and from patients and carers who lie at the heart of everything we do.

Click here to book your ticket, see the agenda, travel information (expired link)

The Academy for Healthcare Science announces 20 new Honorary Fellows​​​​​​​

Prof. Brendan Cooper, AHCS President commented:

“On behalf of the AHCS Professional Bodies Council, we were delighted to receive such high-quality submissions this year and thoroughly congratulate these leading healthcare scientists and supporters of AHCS on achieving their Honorary Fellowship. We encourage them to continue their promotion of healthcare science and scientists at every opportunity.”

Click here to view the Academy for Healthcare Science new Honorary Fellows

Last updated on 23rd November 2022

This publication is part of The School Report (2022)