Scientist Training Programme replaces Clinical Scientist Training Scheme

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From 2011, the new graduate entry Scientist Training Programme (STP) will replace the Clinical Scientist Training Scheme (that was co-ordinated by Northgate Arinso Ltd).

Recruitment into the healthcare scientist training posts in England will start in January 2011 for the September 2011 intake. We do not yet know when the closing date will be. NHS trusts, working in partnership with strategic health authorities and higher education institutions, will offer approximately 200 training posts in life sciences, physics and engineering and physiological sciences to start in September 2011. Successful candidates will join a three-year, fixed term, integrated training programme of workplace-based learning and a master’s degree in their chosen specialism.

There will be a single national timetable for recruitment, national guidelines for the conduct of selection interviews, and assessment centres to ensure all candidates are treated fairly and equally. Science graduates can apply for the training posts through the NHS Jobs website, with shortlisting and selection processes organised and conducted by local trusts working in established scientific networks.

Details of all training posts will be available on the NHS Jobs website www.jobs.nhs.uk. Further details of the scheme and a list of all the posts will be found on the NHS Careers website www.nhscareers.nhs.uk. Details will be on both websites in mid-January 2011. I just had a look and the details haven’t been added yet but if you’re thinking of applying for this you might want to start keeping a regular check.

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