Healthcare Practitioner

Summary To become a Healthcare Practitioner, you will need to complete the 3-year Practitioner Training Programme (PTP). Click on the Our Programmes section of our website for details of PTP programmes available in Manchester.
Entry requirements You will need three A levels (including a science subject) as well as a number of GCSEs at grades A-C. It is important to check each University’s individual requirements before making an application. For example, at Manchester Metropolitan University you will need 260-280 UCAS points whereas at the University of Manchester you will need 300 UCAS points.
Application process Application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
Salary and benefits Once qualified as a Healthcare Practitioner, you will be able to apply for jobs in the NHS at Band 5 (currently between £21,478 and £27,901)

Healthcare Scientist

Summary In order to be a Healthcare Scientist you will need to complete the 3-year Scientist Training Programme (STP). The STP is a graduate-entry programme that leads to senior scientist roles within the NHS. It is made up of two elements – the academic programme which is delivered by a University (MSc in Clinical Science) and a workbased programme which consists of on-the-job training whilst working in the NHS. Both elements are required in order for a trainee to complete the STP and register with the HCPC as a Clinical Scientist.
In Manchester there are a number of academic programmes available, please visit the Our Programmes section of the website for more information.
Entry requirements In order to apply for the STP, you will need a 1st or 2:1 honours degree in a science subject relevant to the specialism you are applying for. You should also check the person specification for the STP you are applying for to ensure you can demonstrate how you meet the criteria. Further information about entry requirements is available on the NHS Careers website.
Application process To apply for the STP, you will need to complete the online application tool found on the NHS Careers website. There is one in-take each year which begins with the application stage (direct entry trainees apply in January and in-service trainees apply in February) followed by interviews in March/April. Successful applicants will be informed by the end of May ready to begin the STP in September/October time.
Salary and benefits You will be employed by an NHS trust for the duration of your STP training and receive a salary of around £25,000 per annum (plus allowance where applicable). STP trainees are entitled to 27 days of paid annual leave in addition to the statutory public holidays. For further information, please visit the benefits of working in the NHS section of the NHS Careers website.