Higher specialist scientist register accredited by the PSA

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27 / 10 / 2015 8.59am

The Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) has received Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care endorsement to extend its accredited register to include Higher Specialist Scientists (HSS).

What this means for graduates and scientists

Graduates from the Higher Specialist Scientist Programme (HSST) and scientists who successfully complete the ACHS HSST equivalence process, can apply to join the academy's accredited register.

This will also provide an opportunity for scientists working at a very senior level to demonstrate that their previous training, qualifications and experience meets the necessary criteria of HSST, allowing them to apply for equivalence. This provides employers with independent assurance when employing consultant clinical scientists.

Scientists who join the academy register show they are committed to maintaining the standards of education, competence and conduct set by the AHCS, which provides assurance for employers, patients and the public.

Consultant Clinical Scientist guidance project

To support employers with the recruitment of consultant clinical scientists, we will shortly be publishing guidance which will outline the opportunities for using these new roles in innovative healthcare delivery. The guidance will include high-level and detailed role definitions, descriptors, suggested appointment and appraisal processes, along with illustrative examples. More information can be found on the consultant clinical scientist guidance project webpages. 


More information can be found in our professional registration and regulation of the healthcare science workforce section. If you'd like to read more about the PSA's endorsement, please visit the AHCS website

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