NHS Science Training Programme

Applications to the NHS Scientist Training Programme are now open

This is good news for those graduates and final year undergraduates in science and engineering degrees who can take their first step to a career in healthcare science.
So what’s it all about?

This is a three-year postgraduate training programme where you’ll work towards an accredited MSc in Clinical Science while being paid a very handsome salary of £25,000! After completion of the programme (in which there are training places for 23 specialisms) you will be able to apply to be a clinical scientist.

You will need a minimum of a 2:1 degree or in a pure or applied science area relevant to the specialism for which you are applying. Applicants with a relevant 2:2 degree will also be considered if they have an MSc or PhD in the specialism for which they are applying. For all applicants, evidence of research experience is considered desirable. Graduates from the NHS Practitioner Training Programme are also able to apply.

Available posts may be subject to change during the recruitment process so check this information on a regular basis to ensure you have the most up-to-date details of the role before making your application. You can check this via the website www.nshcs.org.uk and for a detailed understanding of the healthcare specialisms available. There is a short window for this with applications closing at 5pm on Friday 12th February and the online tests must be completed by 5pm on Monday 17th February – do note that no late applications will be accepted. Training programmes will commence in September 2017.

The Application Process
As you may think, there is fierce competition for these places so it’s really important to make sure you give yourself time to apply careful thought, consideration and attention to detail to your application form. When giving examples to evidence your skills, think about using the STARR method – Situation, Task, Action, Result & Reflect.

Do bear in mind the following before pressing ‘send’ on your computer!

  • Carefully check your spelling and grammar as poor English is the main reason why most applications are rejected
  • Check and re-check your form before sending it off, you may also want to get it read by someone else as you might not be able to see your own mistakes
  • Use short sentences/paragraphs which are easy to follow
  • Use one idea per paragraph and state the key information in the first sentence
  • Be concise
  • Avoid industry jargon until interview stage, and even then, keep it minimal
  • Use positive, active verbs
  • Do not repeat yourself, try to introduce fresh ideas in each point raised
  • Keep a copy of your application form along with the job specification/person description to prepare for your interview

The Interview Process

Successful applicants will be invited to attend interviews. For more detailed information and to view a video of what applicants can expect at their interview, have a look at www.nshcs.org.uk

The general structure will include the following:

  • Each applicant progresses through a number of interview stations and each station has two interviewers
  • The questions used at each station will typically include leadership, motivation, communication skills and understanding of healthcare science services and patient care, scientific skills and understanding, values and behaviours and knowledge and understanding of the chosen specialism
  • Average scores from the panels are used to rank applicants and a threshold set to select the required number of highest scoring applicants to fill the places available
  • Successful applicants are employed by an NHS Trust after successfully going through the relevant employment checks and references..

If you need help with the application or interview process, please do get in contact with me on 01480 403998.

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