Healthcare Science: The NHS Scientist Training Programme. Katie Bjerkan studied BSc Pharmacology at Leeds, graduating in 2015.
She gained a place on the NHS STP as a Clinical Pharmaceutical Trainee immediately after her undergraduate degree. She recently gave a talk at the University about the programme and getting in. This post is a summary of her talk and further information about the STP. If you want to apply your scientific or technical knowledge in a healthcare setting, in a role which combines scientific or technical work with patient interaction, then a career in Healthcare Science might be for you. What is a Healthcare Science? Healthcare science encompasses a diverse range of scientists, engineers and professionals working in the healthcare setting whose aim is to apply scientific principles to improve health and well-being. Healthcare science is divided into 4 themed divisions as outlined in the graphic below, taken from the Academy of Healthcare Science website.
What do Healthcare scientists do? The Scientist Training Programme (STP) So what does a healthcare scientist do, exactly? Careers in healthcare science are difficult to describe in one sentence.
Many jobs are laboratory based and investigate disease, genetic make up, and new scientific treatments. Others involve direct work with patients, for example, measuring the function of a particular organ. And then there are the scientists whose focus is more about engineering, ensuring that medical equipment is working safely or researching new medical technology. So if you've ever been given a new treatment, had a biopsy, an MRI scan or a blood, sight or hearing test, it's more than likely that a member of the healthcare science team was involved. It's even possible that the person you thought was a doctor was actually a healthcare scientist. Opportunities available There are nearly 50 different specialisms which fall under three broad themes – physiological sciences, clinical engineering and medical physics, and life sciences. Much of the work in the physiological sciences is directly with patients.
Scientist Training Programme. The NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) may be for you if you are a science or engineering graduate.
You can train to work in a senior healthcare science role in one of the following areas: The programme You'll be employed on a fixed-term contract and paid a salary during your training. The STP lasts for three years and involves: approved and accredited workplace-based training (you'll usually spend the first year in a range of settings and then specialise in the last two years)gaining a master’s degree in your chosen area of work Once you have completed the STP, you will be eligible to apply for suitable healthcare science posts as a clinical scientist. Find out more about the various healthcare science roles in clinical bioinfomatics, life sciences, physical sciences and biomechanical engineering and physiological sciences Entry requirements There’s a lot of competition for places and it’s helpful if you have some research experience. National School of Healthcare Science - STP recruitment.
Applications for direct entry to the STP 2016 will close at 1700 hours on Friday 12th February 2016 Essential guidance Post information Specialisms Postgraduate training for the STP leads to a specifically commissioned and accredited master's degree and certification of achievement of work based training following one of 22 themed pathways: A full outline of specialisms can be found on the Health Careers website.
Please ensure you check the post location document on these webpages as not all specialisms will have posts available every year. Healthcare Science driving innovation in the NHS Watch this animation from the North West Healthcare Science network explores how healthcare science is transforming patient care and helping to drive forward innovation and new technology. NHS – University of Manchester Careers Blog. 2016 STP – opened 14th January, closes 12th February Thousands of scientists and engineers of all disciplines work for the NHS, and the most prestigious entry route is the Scientist Training Programme – and it’s open now!
NB: This blog post replaces our previous posts on the STP. Some of the resources mentioned in this post may only be accessible by University of Manchester students ADDED 11/2/2016 by Suzanne (Careers Service) Just had an email reminder about the closing date but also confirming that the deadline for completing the two online tests is Monday 15th February @ 5pm. ADDED 3/2/2016 by Suzanne (Careers Service) We have created a short presentation for University of Manchester students and grads with some inside tips for applications. Tips for applying The National School of Healthcare Science website has so much information for applicants it can be overwhelming – and they’re still adding more.
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