This page aims to provide a summary of possible
training options for healtcare scientists and SpR's. The
information is correct at the time of collection, but may be
amended by the relevant organisations at any time.
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Modernising Scientific Careers
Modernising Scientific Careers, led by the
Chief Scientific Officer, is a key work programme within the
Department of Health designed to ensure flexibility, sustainability
and modern career pathways for healthcare scientists, fit to
address the needs of future NHS. It provides career frameworks for
education and training of healthcare scientists. The BSE has been
involved in the development of curricula for both Practitioner
Training Programme (PTP) and Scientist Training Programme (STP).The
MSC programme's stated aim was to "avoid the risk of
career dead ends" and "provide a set of education and training
standards for the whole of healthcare science that can be owned by
the professionals who developed them." An overview of MSC can
be found on this website.
MSC accredited degree programmes for
In 2011-2012 there was 1 accredited programme
at Newcastle University but there a plans to have
a 2nd in 2012-2013.
MSC accredited degree programmes for
A list of accredited BSc (Hons) Healthcare
Science Programmes for the Practitioner Training Programme may be
found at the nhsnetworks website.
Details of the STP and PTP training schemes can
be found on the following sites:
Practitioner training Scheme
Scientist Training Programme
Learning Guide for STP Cardiac, Vascular,
Respiratory and Sleep Science (CVRS)
This draft Learning Guide document provides
initial information relating to trainees recruited onto the CVRS
theme. It provides information for providers and trainees for the
first phase of work based training. Section 4
contains detailed information on content of rotation modules,
experiential learning and competences to be completed in the
rotational phase of the programme (Year 1). Sections 1-3 contain
general information about the programme structure and delivery and
also an outline of specialist modules for years 2 and 3.
Strategic Health Authority (SHA)
All of the SHA's have MSC leads and have
websites which anybody can log on to and receive up to date
information. Here is the website for Yorkshire and Humber.
To find other SHA's and networks go here.
Academy for Healthcare
The Academy for Healthcare Science was established
in shadow form at the beginning of 2011, and an Interim Chief
Executive was appointed soon after this. The high-level ambitions
for the Academy were set out as follows:
- Define high quality education and training standards across the
UK HCS workforce and improve patient outcomes by ensuring that the
standards are promulgated and met.
- Enable effective professional engagement in the ongoing
development, and review of national curricula for the UK HCS
workforce, across the career framework.
Kerry Tinkler has been appointed as non-executive Director of
the Academy for Healthcare Science in Physiological Measurement.
Kerry is the lead Healthcare Scientist and Clinical Lead for
Physiological Measurements at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust
and has acted as Chair of the Institute for Physiological
Helen Rimington has recently been
appointed as the Chair of the Physiology Professional Group
and takes up this position in September 2012.
National School of Healthcare
National School of Healthcare Science provides coordination for
the delivery of healthcare science education and training
programmes. There are currently professional leads in place for
each of the three healthcare science divisions with plans to
appoint a professional lead to liaise with higher education
institutions about the practitioner programmes.
Post Graduate Medical
There are a number of Postgraduate
Medical Ultrasound programmes delivered by Higher Education
Institutions (HEI's) in the UK. The BSE is a member of the Consortium for the Accreditation of
Sonographic Education (CASE) which accredits Medical Ultrasound
programmes. Their website contains a directory of CASE accredited
Derby, Teesside and Pontypridd run medical
ultrasound programmes with Cardiac Modules accredited by CASE.
Details can be found via the CASE website.
As many of you are aware the Registration Council for Clinical
Physiologists (RCCP) has compiled a voluntary register of
individuals practising in the disciplines of Clinical Physiology
for some time now.
The Academy for Healthcare Science will draw
together the entire healthcare science workforce across the UK. It
will play a role across all levels of the career framework, and
will ensure national consistency in attainment of quality standards
for education, training and professional practice across both
regulated and unregulated groups.
The Academy is at present collecting registers
from all of the healthcare science groups. It is therefore
important that all Healthcare Scientists are on a register.
The BSE established a voluntary register 6
years ago which is open to all BSE members. If you are not
currently on a voluntary register and would like to add your name
to the BSE register please send the following information to
RCCP registration number (if
Do you have a BSc, MSc or equivalent?
Are you accredited (BSE accreditation is not
Number of studies performed each year
Additional links you may find helpful
The JRCPTB website for Speciality Training
contains details of the 2010 Curriculum in Cardiology to define the
necessary training and competencies needed for the award of a
certificate of completion of training (CCT) in Cardiology. This
defines two levels, core skills/competencies and
advanced/subspecialty skills/competencies. The training is designed
to develop both the generic and specialty-specific attributes
necessary to practice independently as a consultant cardiologist.
The aim is to train individuals to provide the highest standard of
service to patients with cardiovascular disorders.
1. Curriculum on Training in Echocardiography
(i) Core (generic) skills necessary for all
trainees: For all trainees in Cardiology the core
skills include transthoracic echocardiography to BSE accreditation
standards. These are expected to be obtained in the first three
years of training. Trainees are expected to obtain full TTE accreditation or its equivalent (DOPS
Assessments, see page 111 JRCPTB curriculum and BSE Curriculum Tool). Trainees should maintain
a logbook of experience. Where appropriate the curriculum indicates
the likely minimum number of procedures required to encompass a
sufficiently broad spectrum of clinical experience to define
performance. (250 cases for transthoracic BSE
NOTE: JRCPTB curriculum states "The trainee must
ensure that they are competent in performing and in the
interpretation, measurement and analysis of a transthoracic
echocardiogram in adults, in the emergency, in-patient and
out-patient settings; and can produce a comprehensive
echocardiogram report. For training in echocardiography at each
hospital, you (the trainee) must have a supervisor who should be a
senior and experienced echocardiographer. In order to acquire basic
training you will need focused bleep free training sessions."
Practical advice on how to obtain BSE TTE accreditation can be
found in the Toolkit for New Cardiology Trainees from the
British Junior Cardiologists Association (BJCA).
(ii) Sub-specialty skills in
within Cardiology has become commonplace with individuals focusing
the development of their expertise in areas such as cardiac
imaging, coronary intervention, heart rhythm disorders, adult
congenital heart disease or heart failure. Sub-specialty training
occurs in the final 2 years of training. Cardiovascular
imaging, with particular reference to echocardiography, plays a
pivotal role in effective preventive, diagnostic, interventional
and post-interventional/surgical therapies.
These skills in advanced echocardiography are defined by the
curriculum by two modules; Advanced echocardiography - 1 (2
points) and Advanced echocardiography - 2 (4 points), see
page 152-60 JRCPTB curriculum. The areas covered include (a)
Complex transthoracic echocardiography 2D and 3D (e.g valvular
heart lesions, cardiomyopathies and LV dyssynchrony;
(b) Transoesophageal echocardiography 2D and 3D (includes
elective, emergency and theatre based settings); (c) Stress
echocardiography (pharmacological & physiological; latter
includes treadmill/bicycle exercise.
2. Training Issues
At the 2013 BCS Conference, the annual surveys for the
BJCA and GMC were presented. Both surveys highlight
significant issues trainees are facing in acquiring training in
TTE. In response to this, the BSE are working closing with the
trainees through the BJCA to address various aspects of cardiac
imaging training. A joint BSE/BJCA/RSM Trainees' day is planned on
3 December 2013 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. The
aim of this day is to cover clinically relevant topics in
echocardiography with a section on emergency echocardiography. The
afternoon will focus on the issues faced by trainees in obtaining
adequate core echo skills presented through a debate and panel
discussion. It is hoped that as many as possible cardiology
trainees attend this day and contribute to the discussion on how we
progress improvements in training.
A joint BSE/BJCA/RSM Trainees' day was held on the 4 December
2013 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. The aim of this day
was to cover clinically relevant topics in echocardiography with a
section on emergency echocardiography. The afternoon focused on the
issues faced by trainees in obtaining adequate core echo skills
presented through a debate and panel discussion. About 100
trainees attended the day, which has received very positive
feedback. Many issues were raised and the needs of the trainees
identified. The BSE are in discussions with the SAC as to the next
steps. Trainees will shortly receive an update as to the proposed
plan going forwards. PLEASE NOTE LOGBOOK CASE COLLECTION NOW
HAS BEEN FORMALLY EXTENDED TO 24 MONTHS for BSE TTE accreditation.
We hope with will help trainees to complete their logbooks
3. Training Opportunities
Specialist Training centres in UK/Fellowships
If you would like to advertise research or training posts,
please contact BSE administrative office.
4. BSE Accreditation
There are a number of accreditations available to trainees. The
transthoracic accreditation is suitable for trainees in Cardiology.
The links to each accreditation are given below
Focused Emergency Echocardiography in Life
Focused Intensive Care Echocardiography
5. Courses on
See relevant section on BSE website
6. Useful Links to Educational Sites
and Useful articles
section: includes Protocols & Guidelines, Minimum Datasets
and other additional datasets, position statements, Distance
Learning Modules, webcast presentations, echo library (these area's
are only available to members of the Society)
reforms to structure of postgraduate medical training)
http://pie.med.utoronto.ca/TEE/ (Toronto online
TOE cases and resource)
Society of Echocardiography list of fellowships)
(ASE training programmes )
(British Society of Cardiac Imaging)
(European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging homepage)