Modules

Stage One

Code Title Status Action
Code HLS003 Title Health and safety in clinical biochemistry practice Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS004 Title Laboratory competences Analytical techniques and instrumentation Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS005 Title Laboratory competences - Evaluation of an analytical method Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS006 Title Clinical governance and audit competences Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS008 Title Introduction to clinical biochemistry Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS009 Title Clinical Biochemistry - Analytical techniques and instrumentation Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS010 Title Clinical Biochemistry - Competencies in the interpretation of laboratory data 1 Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS007 Title Competencies in the clinical biochemistry of disease Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS011 Title Clinical Biochemistry - Evaluation of an analytical method Status Compulsory Action View

Stage Two

Code Title Status Action
Code HCC321 Title Research, development and innovation Status Compulsory Action View
Code HCC322 Title Training and education Status Compulsory Action View
Code HCC323 Title Leadership and management Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS109 Title Laboratory management competencies Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS117 Title Generic aspects Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS118 Title Biological variability Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS119 Title Gastrointestinal tract Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS120 Title Liver Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS121 Title Urogenital tract Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS122 Title Gas transport and H metabolism Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS123 Title Water and electrolytes Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS124 Title Proteins Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS125 Title Lipids Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS126 Title Cardiovascular system Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS128 Title Endocrinology adult and paediatric Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS129 Title Calcium, magnesium, bone Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS130 Title Nutrition Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS131 Title Haemoglobin and porphyrias Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS132 Title Enzymology Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS133 Title Genetics and molecular biology Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS134 Title Pregnancy Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS135 Title Newborn Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS136 Title Childhood Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS137 Title Inherited metabolic disorders Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS138 Title Neuromuscular system Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS139 Title Cancer Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS140 Title Metabolic response Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS141 Title Therapeutic drug monitoring and toxicology Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS142 Title Competencies in clinical care Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS143 Title Competencies in the interpretation of laboratory data 2 Status Compulsory Action View
Code HLS127 Title Diabetes mellitus and glucose Status Compulsory Action View
Code HCC320 Title Developing independent professional practice Status Compulsory Action View

Programme specification

Details

Programme title
Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme (HSST) — Clinical Biochemistry
Division
Life Sciences
Discipline
Blood Sciences
Normal length of programme
5 years
Outcome awards and professional eligibility

Successful candidates will be awarded:

  • Certificate of Completion of the Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme. Awarded by the National School of Healthcare Science.
Total credits
540
Mode of study
Work-based with integrated part time DClinSci or FRCPath
Programme accredited by
The Academy for Healthcare Science

Programme aim

The programme has been developed to enable a selected cohort of clinical scientists to be trained to take on the role of a consultant clinical scientist. It is a programme that is both flexible and bespoke to the individual.

It includes the incorporation into the training programme of all or part of a professional doctorate award according to trainee previous experience and qualifications and comprising modules in:

  • High level scientific and clinical knowledge
  • Leadership and professionalism
  • Research and innovation

Expected programme outcomes

On successful completion of the HSST and its underpinning doctoral level academic programme graduates will possess the essential knowledge, skills, experience and attributes required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist in the NHS and will:

  • demonstrate practice that places the patient and the public at the centre of care, prioritising patient safety and dignity and reflecting NHS/health service values, the NHS Constitution and meets the professional standards defined by Good Scientific Practice;
  • demonstrate systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of scientific and clinical knowledge which is at the forefront of healthcare science;
  • possess a breadth of clinical and scientific knowledge across a range of related and relevant science specialties;
  • demonstrate the general ability to conceptualise, design, lead and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of healthcare science;
  • demonstrate an advanced and detailed understanding of applicable methods for research, innovation and advanced academic enquiry;
  • demonstrate the ability to create and interpret new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the healthcare science/specialism, and merit publication;
  • demonstrate advanced critical thinking with a sound grasp and application of research methodology which supports vision and innovation in the application of basic science to health and an effective understanding of leadership, NHS current policy, influencing and advanced communication skills;
  • communicate clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences including patients and the public;
  • demonstrate scientific and clinical leadership based on the continual advancement of their knowledge, skills and understanding through the independent learning required for continuing professional development.

Will be able to:

  • make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • deal with uncertainty;
  • continue to engage in continuous personal and professional development, resulting in leading the development of new techniques, ensuring innovation and facilitation of transformational change in science and in the service through ideas or approaches that benefit the patient and NHS;
  • engage with contemporary research and analysis as a basis for critical reflection on their own and others’ professional experience and work based practice.

Will have:

  • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment as a Consultant Clinical Scientist, which requires the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional or equivalent environments leading and working within teams

Learning and teaching methods

A blend of methods is used to ensure effective capture of robust evidence relating to the three components of the HSST programme.

The components of the programme are:

  • Acquisition and application of specialist scientific knowledge up to Consultant Clinical Scientist level.
  • Mastery and practice of higher clinical and scientific skills, including professionalism, and the values, behaviours and attitudes expected of leaders in healthcare science.
  • Ability to make a significant contribution to knowledge generation and innovation in healthcare science service and practice.

Assessment methods

  • Portfolio of workplace-based evidence
  • Annual Review of Progression
  • Multi Source Feedback
  • Independent Assessment of Professional Skills (IAPS) – HSST Final Assessment

Standards of proficiency

To gain entry on to the Higher Specialist Scientist Register you must demonstrate that you are able to practice within the 5 Domains:

  • Domain One: Professional Practice
  • Domain Two: Scientific Practice
  • Domain Three: Clinical Practice
  • Domain Four: Research, Development and Innovation
  • Domain Five: Clinical Leadership

Programme structure

Entry routes and requirements

Entry routes In England there are two routes into the programme

  • Direct entry – Trainees are competitively appointed into a training post funded through the local Health Education England training board
  • In-service entry – Trainees enter the programme with the support of their employers.
Entry requirements For both entry routes, HSST applicants must participate in the national recruitment/assessment process and meet the minimum entry requirements for the academic and work-based programme.

Applicants must be a registered Clinical Scientist with HCPC.