Would you like to be involved in developing a level 8/HSST qualification in histopathology? If you’d like to be involved in developing the career pathway for scientists in Histopathology we want to hear from you.
The National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) are collecting expressions of interest to help develop a level 8/Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) level qualification. They’re particularly keen to hear from Consultant Healthcare Scientists, Consultant Pathologists, or those who have equivalent experience or are training. Particularly those who have recently completed professional qualifications at this level.
The NSHCS are establishing a Curriculum Review Group to begin developing a level 8/HSST qualification in histopathology in the next few months, if you’d like to join the conversation you have until the 30th November to provide your details here [Health Education Online Survey, opens in new tab].
Louise Ayers, Head of Programme Support at the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS), has written a blogpost to encourage trainees and training officers to talk to the NSHCS when having problems. It includes advice on when trainees and training officers should reach out for support and ways in which the NSHCS can help, such as: with health and wellbeing, changes to training, transfers of training, training delivery issues, completion of programmes, statutory leave, part-time training, progression issues, conduct/capability concerns and personal relationship issues.
In the blogpost, you will also find a brief history of the NSHCS and an outline of their purpose. Further to this, there is a myth busting section to help dispel myths and rumours that the NSHCS have come across from time to time.
In the next blog the NSHCS will be outlining all of the activities they are undertaking to expand their support.
MAHSE and the Universities work hard with the NSHCS to ensure that trainees have support for all of their programme. Although our focus is on the academic section of the programme, we work with the NSHCS to ensure that trainees have joined-up support where it is needed.
Maggie Stubbs, a member of the MAHSE Patient Forum, has received a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021 in recognition of her work on the HEE Patient Forum, for services to diversity and inclusion in the NHS.
Maggie has worked with MAHSE as a Lay Representative since 2014. She worked on the Pathways to Embed PPI in STP project and actively encourages those inside the NHS and Education sector to involve Patient and Public Representatives in their work.
Through her role as a Lay Representative with MAHSE, she has supported our STP and HSST programmes, encouraging trainees to engage with the NHS constitution, reminding them that the patient is at the heart of everything the NHS does.
Congratulations to Maggie for her award, we’re so glad she has received the recognition that she deserves.
The MAHSE STP Open Day will be made up of online content in 2022. We will we also have some live online content from 24th-27th January 2022, see if this is available for your specialism further down the page. (Live content will be recorded, please turn off your webcams if you would prefer not to be in the recording)
“I think the course overall was a great opportunity to explore the wider aspects of health Informatics which I wouldn’t have necessarily seen at work. It complimented my day to day work really well, and also allowed me to expand my horizons. In terms of career progression, having being exposed to much more, compared to what I had seen at work up until then, it helped me decide what exactly I wanted to achieve with my career and motivated me to pursue it.”
“I completed the Scientific Training Programme (STP) in Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences specialism) in 2017. I was an in-service trainee, so upon completion, I returned to the position I held before starting the STP in 2014, which was as a Research Scientist in the Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Directorate of The Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Following completion of the STP, my role involved supporting the directorate’s role as an External Assessment Centre for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme and other projects in the directorate. I led a Trust-wide audit of a new non-invasive coronary artery modelling technology (HeartFlow) using electronic health records for the Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) programme, delivered by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). During this time, I also became an Associate Researcher in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University.
In 2019, I moved into a Clinical Scientist position with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative. I primarily work on the quantitative aspects of a range of different projects, including leading data modelling and statistical analysis activities. I develop R functions/Shiny apps for the group and co-manage the groups’ Shiny app portfolio. Our group have also had an important role in supporting the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, where I have led the analysis of a national survey of health and social care professionals for the Department of Health and Social Care and a systematic review and individual patient data meta-analysis of a COVID-19 diagnostic for the COVID-19 National Diagnostic Research and Evaluation Platform. I am also co-applicant on two submitted grants: ‘A machine learning algorithm to support ambulance practitioner identification of non-stroke patients presenting with stroke symptoms’ and ‘GlycoScore: Superior prostate cancer diagnosis using a simple blood test’.”
“In 2015 I started the Scientist Training Program (STP) in Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences) based at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust (RLBHT). During the 3 year program I joined the Medial Physics and Clinical Engineering group to study computing, statistics and informatics in the clinical environment. After completing the STP at RLBHT I took a 3-month data scientist post at Aintree University Hospital Trust where I was involved in data science projects to help improve clinical pathways. During the data scientist post I applied and was accepted to a Clinical (Computer) Scientist post at University Hospitals Birmingham with Radiotherapy Physics where I had previously visited on my STP Elective. In this post I am involved in supporting and developing clinical computer systems in Radiotherapy. In the near future I am aiming to join the Higher Specialist Scientist Program (HSST) specialising in Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences).”
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We have a recording from 2021 where Clinical Scientists in Cardiac Science, Sleep Science and Clinical Care Science answered questions, along with Academic Leads for each of the disciplines. If you’re interested in CCVRS Sciences but aren’t sure which specialism, or want to know more about the professions this video will help.
Significant scientific workforce shortages at senior levels have been identified in several Life Science specialties, which have been further highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Specialist Scientific Training (HSST) Programme trains Healthcare Scientists to consultant level, however HSST is currently not open to all individual scientists with the potential to develop and take on the role of a consultant scientist.
The National School of Healthcare Science in Health Education England, Academy for Healthcare Science, Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) and Manchester Academy of Healthcare Scientist Education are pleased to announce a widening of the of the eligibility criteria for HSST. The new criteria will allow appropriately qualified senior Biomedical Scientists, who can demonstrate ability to work at Level 7 via academic and professional qualifications, to apply to join the programme. Both Biomedical Scientists and Clinical Scientists will be subject to the same HSST interview process to determine suitability and readiness. The qualifications to confer eligibility will include:
HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and relevant MSc
HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma or IBMS 2-part Fellowship Special Exam
HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice
Eligible individuals will also need to meet the requirements of the Universities to commence a doctoral level programme, including a First or 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in a relevant subject area or evidence of having written at that standard, and a minimum of four years working in a professional role. In addition, training departments will need to achieve HSST training accreditation through the NSHCS to be successful in the commissioning rounds. This includes demonstration of suitable workplace and research supervision at doctoral level, access to training to meet the specialism curriculum and HSS Standards of Proficiency, and senior level trust support.
All Life Science HSSTs must obtain Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists during the programme in order to complete HSST, in addition to the academic qualification and evidence of their workplace training. These requirements of the programme are identical for Clinical Scientists and Biomedical Scientists on HSST.
This revised admission criteria to HSST is endorsed by NHS Education for Scotland – Healthcare Science. We look forward to working with all agencies concerned with the development of the next generation of consultant-level healthcare scientists.
All scientists who successfully complete the HSST programme or equivalence are eligible to join the Academy for Healthcare Science HSS Register and become a Fellow.
This change to the HSST eligibility criteria will apply from 2021 entry to the HSST programme.
MAHSE fully recognises the unprecedented disruption caused by Covid-19 to both the HSST and STP programmes. We wish to assure all trainees and their supervisors that we are working tirelessly with the respective HEIs and the NSHCS on contingency plans for the upcoming academic year, to ensure that all academic study, for students on all years of the programmes, will be delivered fully and at a sufficiently high quality. As soon as such plans are finalised they will be communicated out to all relevant parties. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and understanding at this challenging time.
Key information regarding the impact of Covid-19 on both training programmes can be found on the NSHCS website via the following links:
With the current Coronavirus outbreak the safety and health of our trainees, supervisors and staff are our paramount concerns.
You will all be aware that the government projects that the next 12 weeks are crucial in dealing with Coronavirus. We need to anticipate more changes still to come and to consider some of our operations within these unprecedented times. We are working at University and National School levels on guidance to ensure the best course of action is taken.
Accordingly, we will be postponing the STP Research Day. The registration links are now closed. We appreciate that this would be disappointing for those of you who were planning to present at your first conference. We will be revisiting the STP Research Day once we are all back to normal and will communicate further at that time.
We hope you are all safe and well. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A message to all Manchester Metropolitan University HSST trainees regarding impact of Covid-19 to your programme.
Given the rapidly developing situation with COVID-19, we understand that many of you may be required to cover additional clinical work. In the coming weeks, we will be considering the many issues that will arise from the need to provide this additional service, and the impact this has had on DClinSci trainees. We recognise that this will affect your research, teaching and assessments but will mitigate for this as appropriate when the scale of the current situation becomes clearer. All deadlines will be temporarily waived and will be addressed once the situation is resolved. Your pathway leads will communicate with you regarding these. We will aim to take a pragmatic view to ensure that trainees are not adversely affected, therefore we aren’t expecting trainees to have to take any further action to request extensions or changes to programme imminently.
Please be reassured that we will work with the NSHCS and mitigation will be applied as required. Your individual pathway lead will be in touch to confirm any cancelled teaching, or changes to assessment deadlines as required.
In order for us to work closely with you to ensure that all training is undertaken as required please keep us informed of advice you receive from your Trust.
Man Met staff have been informed that there will be no face to face teaching until further notice. We will be available on email to answer all queries and provide advice on your programme.
MAHSE advise all trainees to continuously check the National School of Healthcare Scientists Coronavirus page to keep updated on key information as it becomes available along with specific guidance provided by your University; University of Manchester or Manchester Metropolitan University.