STP Reaccreditation

Guidance on reaccreditation relevant to STP training departments.


To apply for STP reaccreditation you must complete the STP Reaccreditation Application form. If there is a change in who the training officer will be, you must also complete the ‘Evidence of meeting requirements for STP Training Officer Role’ form. If there is a change in anyone else who will be involved in training delivery, you must also complete an ‘Education and training qualifications’ form. CVs are an additional source of information that you can include. You will also be asked to send additional evidence as detailed below.

You may be aware that there is a new curriculum for STP starting in 2022. If you are planning to host trainee(s) in 2022 and beyond, you will need to review the new curriculum and map the training plan against the new requirements. Click this link to access the STP Curriculum Library which contains curriculum for all years.

Examples of the forms you will need to complete are in the STP Reaccreditation pack below.

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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 three years, it should cover all the curriculum in the specialty area and how you will be meeting this. 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. View an example of a training plan together with a checklist to help you create a training plan. You can also take a look at our guidance on good training planning for STP trainees.

Key details that your plan should include

  • 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.
  • Rotations are organised and planned.
  • Time for the online portfolio and workplace the assessments.
  • Time for 1:2:1 meetings and feedback to STP trainees.
  • University component and MSc exam dates.
  • Mid-term Review of Progression.
  • Final IACC assessment.
  • Roles and responsibilities of the various individuals responsible for delivering the training.
  • Public and patient involvement opportunities.

A patient and public involvement plan

We would normally expect to see a plan for STP trainees detailing the sort of contact they could have with patients and the public outside the day-to-day clinical setting.

The aim would be for the trainee to understand the whole patient experience and to be able to explain to patients how clinical science contributes to their treatment.

The sort of activities we would envisage here are talks to disease-specific patient and carer groups, STEM ambassador activities, participation in ward rounds, clinics, visits to primary care.


An up-to-date organisation structure chart

This should show the roles and responsibilities within your department or consortia with a name and title against each post, identify the training officer and include the trainee and show the trainee’s line of management and who in the department is a registered clinical scientist.


Policy documents

Any of the following policy documents that have been updated since your last accreditation.

  • Training policy identifying how the trust/department supports healthcare science training
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Induction Policy
  • Local Induction Policy
  • Mandatory Training Policy
  • Bullying and Harassment Policy
  • Whistleblowing Policy
  • Recruitment and Selection Process which covers the Policy DN584 (Disclosure and Barring Services Checks)
  • Patient and Public Involvement Policy
  • Safeguarding / Protection of Vulnerable Patients policy

Last updated on 2nd March 2023