There is finally some information available about the NHS Scientist Training Programme!
An advert in New Scientist this week directs readers to the NHS Careers website – specifically http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/hcsci_training_programme.shtml. There is supporting information available through some of the links on the left hand side of this page (please note that the FAQs link currently listed is about careers in healthcare science in general, and not about the STP . However, further information about STP, including some FAQs about STP, will be added today (Monday 13th February). Technically, applicants can now apply for the 2012 STP, but we would recommend that you read the FAQs first, as they will answer many questions that you may have about the process.
It is estimated that there will be around 225 STP vacancies across England, in life sciences, physical sciences and biomedical engineering or physiological sciences. Biomedical science should consider STP vacancies in the life sciences as trainee biomedical scientist vacancies in the NHS are now very rare. BMS students may wish to keep their options open by signing up for email alerts (to be notified of any trainee BMS vacancies) on the NHS Jobs website www.jobs.nhs.uk.
Please be aware that the closing date for STP applications for 2012 entry is 27th February 2012!