Joint Statement picsHigher Specialist Scientific Training in the Life Sciences Joint statement

The Royal College of Pathologists, National School of Healthcare Sciences (NSHCS) and the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) held a meeting on Tuesday 19 January 2016 regarding the Life Sciences HSST programme. Given the complexity of this programme and the different stakeholders involved we wanted to update all Life Sciences HSST trainees on what was discussed and when formal agreement is expected.

Informal Agreements:

  • MAHSE partner Universities will accept a pass in the FRCPath Part 1 examination in a relevant specialty in place of the Professional Doctorate (DClinSci) Section B.
  • The Royal College of Pathologists will accept the research component of the Professional Doctorate (DClinSci) in a relevant specialty as the written option for the FRCPath Part 2.

ICS Project:

  • The NSHCS clarified that the trainees could utilise elements from FRCPath Part 2 and/or the DClinSci Section C as the basis of their ICS Project report. The NSHCS also intends to work in partnership with MAHSE to develop the assessment framework for the ICS Project.


Joint statement: Higher Specialist Scientific Training in the Life Sciences