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2. The SVT and the National School of Healthcare Science - Nov 2018 Update

By Helena Edlin: Lead Vascular Scientist – Central Manchester and SVT rep on NSHCS

NSHCS Themed Board Meeting – 7th November 2018

This Board meeting, chaired by the professional leads for Physiological Sciences, brings together the NSHCS , professional bodies, the universities, the employer reps, trainee reps, lay reps and the Academy to discuss and resolve any issues raised as well as plan the future for the STP and HSST.

Curriculum Review

The curriculum changes will be driven by the professional bodies, the school is currently drawing up the terms of reference, then they will be advertising for people to be the lead editor and specialist writers for each speciality to take this forward, it is recommended that there is HEI involvement too. This is likely to be funded. Further info to follow.

The school are looking into the flexibility around the duration of rotations.

STP Mid Term Review of Progression (MRP)

This is planned to take place for the current 2nd year STPs in Feb/March 2019

Academy of Healthcare Science

The Academy is keen to proceed with looking at professional body qualifications which will automatically provide evidence for parts of the equivalence process. The SVT accredited members will then only need to provide evidence for the parts of the equivalence that SVT accreditation doesn’t cover. Further updates to follow.


HSST Network and Induction Day 2018

This was held on Wednesday, 17th October 2018 in Manchester at the University of Manchester’s Innovation Centre.

It was well attended by new trainees (Cohort 5)

HSST Train the Trainer

Regrettably this event scheduled for 30th November has been postponed until Spring 2019 due to the small number of confirmed delegates.

HSST Evidence

The School has published a comprehensive document within the HSST Handbook on its website offering guidance on the nature of workplace evidence required for HSST.

Annual Review of Progression

The next round of ARPs for HSST trainees and their workplace supervisors is now underway having been launched on 25th October. Participation in the ARP is an essential for successful exit from HSST.





The preparations have started for the Mock OSFAs in Feb 2019, along with forward planning for the Live OSFAs in July.


NSHCS have now completed two Level 2 end point assessments (EPA) within HCS.


EPA training was recently provided to 20+ Healthcare Scientists across a range of discipline/specialisms.


End Point Assessment (EPA) Training

Following the successful EPA training the plan is to provide training to other Regions and possibly Professional Bodies that would like to work with the School as an End Point Assessment Organisation for the HCS Apprenticeships. Interested groups should contact the Assessment Team advising them of their interest:




End Point Assessors

HCS Professionals that would like to register as EPA assessors with the School should contact the Assessment Team requesting a Healthcare Science Apprenticeship Independent End Point Assessor Application Form:


  • a recognised professional qualification gained through a formal training or equivalence route in the specialist area that they are to assess or registration with the relevant professional body
  • and/or regulatory authority and a minimum of 1 year of practise based experience in a healthcare setting, such as the NHS
  • and, formal demonstration of an understanding of and skills in assessment, either through a minimum of 1 year of experience of work-based assessment or by holding a recommended qualification for assessors
  • agree to attend/receive training in the EPA process



Level 6  - Vascular Science (undergraduate degree) – The NSHCS have now discussed this and have informed the SVT that the process of developing the Level 6 should be driven by the employers and HEI.

A further meeting regarding this is to take place on Friday 16th November.