ETP Endorsement requirements

There are three routes of endorsement available to work-based training providers.

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Route 1

The work-based training provider holds current accreditation from the School for STP or HSST for Cardiac Science.

The documents you will need to complete are:

  1. Echocardiography Training Programme (ETP) Endorsement Application form for work-based placement providers
  2. Evidence of meeting requirements for ETP Training Officer Role form – this will tell us who the training officer will be, please ensure the form is signed off by the head of department
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Route 2

The work-based training provider holds current British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) departmental accreditation.

The documents you will need to complete are:

  1. Echocardiography Training Programme (ETP) Endorsement Application form for work-based placement providers
  2. Evidence of meeting requirements for ETP Training Officer Role form – this will tell us who the training officer will be, please ensure the form is signed off by the head of department
  3. Confirmation letter or certificate of department’s BSE accreditation
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Route 3

The work-based training provider has no STP or HSST accreditation, or BSE departmental accreditation.

The documents that you will need to complete are:

  1. Echocardiography Training Programme (ETP) Endorsement Application form for work-based placement providers
  2. Evidence of meeting requirements for ETP Training Officer Role form – this will tell us who the training officer will be, please ensure the form is signed off by the head of department
  3. An education and training qualifications template for members of staff who will be involved in training; CVs are an additional source of information that you can include
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Additional evidence required for all 3 routes

A training plan

This is one of the most important documents we ask you to provide. The training plan tells us how you plan to deliver training over the 18 months. We need to know the training plan is properly prepared and the trainee understands the programme, what needs to be achieved and how this will be done. Take a look at our guidance on good training planning for STP trainees which also applies to ETP trainees too.

Key details that your plan should include are:

  • 20% protected time allocated to the trainee for the duration of the training programme.  This time is primarily for the academic work required for the MSc but should be used flexibly. HEI work varies throughout the year so trainees should discuss how to utilise this time in the best way with their training officer
  • time for the online portfolio and workplace assessments
  • time for 1:2:1 meetings and feedback to the trainee
  • university component and BSE exam dates
  • roles and responsibilities of the various individuals responsible for delivering training

The training plan should include milestones to allow you to evaluate progress, this means ensuring progress review meetings are factored into the plan and the diaries of the both the training officer and trainee. This can be done virtually and with social distancing measures and all other departmental guidelines.

An up-to-date organisation structure chart

This should show the roles and responsibilities within your department with a name and title against each post, identify the training officer and include the trainee and show the trainee’s line of management.

The policy documents required are:

  • Training policy identifying how the trust/department supports healthcare science training
  • Conduct and capability policy
  • Complaint’s policy
  • Bullying and Harassment Policy
  • Equality, diversity, and Inclusion policy

The ETP training officer

We will need to know who the training officer will be as the training officer will take overall responsibility for the trainee and is identified in the trainee’s OneFile e-portfolio as the ‘training officer’. This does not mean ‘training officer’ is your job title. It refers specifically to your relationship and responsibilities to the ETP trainee. There must be a single individual identified as the training officer for each trainee. The qualifications, experience and skills of the training officer are one of the most reliable indicators of trainee experience and success in the programme. Download and complete the Evidence of meeting requirements for ETP Training Officer Role form. This form has to be signed off by the head of department. Endorsement is granted for a fixed period of 5 years.

ETP Train the Trainer certificate

The training officer should have attended this training event organised by the School or advise us of the date they plan to attend. Once attended, the information should be cascaded to others in the department who will be involved in training.

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For all other staff involved in any significant extent in training

This applies to any staff who will be taking on a significant amount of training and particularly assessment. We need to see that the majority of the people involved have experience of delivering training and assessment. Please complete the Education and training qualifications form. You can include CVs, as additional evidence.

Last updated on 25th February 2022