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Clinical Scientist Careers

Clinical Scientist Careers are now co-ordinated via the Modernising Scientific Careers programme – Blood Sciences programme for Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Immunology and Clinical Haematology and Cellular Sciences for Clinical Microbiology.

Becoming a Clinical Scientist in Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Immunology or Clinical Haematology

The basic qualification for becoming a Clinical Scientist is a good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in the discipline that you are applying. Other science degrees may be suitable depending on further experience. Many entrants to the profession may have obtained a PhD.

Trainee Healthcare Scientist posts are advertised and co-ordinated nationally through the Modernising Scientific Careers Scheme. The Scientific Training Programme (STP) developed is a 3 year training course that combines academic study with work based training programme leading to the award of an NHS commissioned MSc in Clinical Science and will lead to the award of a Certificate of Completion of the Scientist Training Programme by the National School of Healthcare Science. This then enables the Scientist to apply to the Academy for Healthcare Science for a Certificate of Attainment which then enables application to the HCPC for registration as a Clinical Scientist.

The Higher Education Institutes that support the 3 year STP training courses for Blood Sciences within the Modernising Scientific Careers framework are Manchester and Nottingham. The taught component of the MSc that is achieved via this framework are delivered at the Universities but also rely on work based learning and a substantial distance learning component. Year 1 of the Scientific Training programme involves rotation through 4, 12 week rotations through Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical lmmunology, Haematology and Transfusion Science and Genetics and Molecular Science whilst being taught core modules. Year 2 and 3 then involve specialist practise and learning to the discipline the candidate was recruited to and involves a research project.

Following completion of the STP and registration with the HCPC as a clinical scientist there are then two routes available. The scientist can apply to the Higher Specialist Scientific Training Programme (HSST) or apply to a funded Clinical Scientist post. For further information on the STP and HSST schemes refer to the Modernising Scientific Careers tab within the Education and Careers Section.

The end point of Clinical Scientist training is completion of the Royal College of Pathologists examination in the chosen discipline. For further information on the examinations and curriculum please refer to the Royal College of Pathologists website -

(This page is maintained by the ACB Education Committee)

Updated 2nd July 2013

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