We have a number of roles and responsibilities which include:


Including provision and management of the e-portfolio as well as the delivery of the final exit assessment.

Objective Structure Final Assessment (OSFA) for STP


Independent Assessment of Professional Skills (IAPS) for HSST


Review of progression

Mid review of progression (MRP) for STP


Annual review of progression (ARP) for HSST


Completion of training

Including guidance on completion requirements and issuing the certificate of completion.

STP completion

HSST completion


Assessment and approval of the quality of training provision from both work based and academic education providers.


Scientific advice

Via the School’s scientists and Training Programme Directors

Training Programme Directors

Education of the educators

Via Train the Trainer and e-learning programmes

Train the Trainer

Communications on healthcare science matters

Via Berne’s Blog, twitter, School’s newsletter and website. Also through setting up networks with trainees and education providers.


On healthcare science education, impact of the training programmes and a wide range of other areas to be determined.

Training support

We are responsible for assuring and supporting the education of healthcare scientists undertaking the STP and HSST training programmes. It has a key role in providing support and guidance to trainees and training departments to ensure that trainees are able to progress and are fit to practise at the end of the training programme.

We recognise that trainees may under certain circumstances experience difficulties in progressing through the training programme as planned or may be subject to circumstances that require a significant change to their training.

We have and will continue to develop a number of policies, processes and guidance for trainees and training departments in order to provide a consistent, equitable and accessible framework for managing training.

We have a unique role in coordinating with all of the education providers in order to determine the best course of action to help trainees.

Trainees or training departments who recognise there are challenges impacting on their ability to complete the training or where there are significant changes to the training required should contact the school as early as possible to seek further advice by emailing nshcs@hee.nhs.uk.

Communications will be treated confidentially and the trainees permission sought before sharing with any other education provider and only if that is in the best interests in offering support or a solution for the particular issue or issues being experienced.

We will register the trainee with its support service and will remain in contact periodically until the issues are resolved or the trainee completes the programme.

Infographic describing how the School supports trainees

Fig. In which areas does the School provide support for trainees?