Academy for Healthcare Science consultation - have your say

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06 / 1 / 2015 11.30am

The Academy for Healthcare Science has launched a consultation on the Standards of Proficiency for the Register for scientists completing Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) or equivalence. The consultation runs until 8 March 2015.

What are the Standards of Proficiency?

To be and to continue to be registered on the Academy register, registrants must be (and be able to demonstrate) that they have the skills, knowledge and capacity to practice safely.

These standards are also used to approve education programmes by ensuring that someone who successfully completes an approved training programme is able to meet these standards. The Academy will also use these standards when assessing whether someone’s education, training and professional practice is equivalent to that required of the Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) programme.

Have your say

The proposed standards of proficiency are set out in the Consultation Document. The purpose of the consultation is to seek early views on the draft standards, to ensure they are clear and will be effective.

You can respond by completing the online questionnaire by 8 March 2015.  We will also be responding to the consultation on behalf of employers and are interested to hear your views in preparation for this. Please send your feedback to


One of the objectives of the Academy for Healthcare Science is to provide assurance to the public by operating a register of healthcare scientists for those groups not covered by statutory regulation. The Academy aims to develop its register to scientists completing Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) or equivalence.

The HSST programme is a five-year work based programme supported by an underpinning part-time doctoral level programme.

You can find out more about the role of the Academy on their website.

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