Quality Assurance

Our trainee Healthcare Science workforce is vital to securing future services and it is crucial they are well-trained and well-supported.  The trainee experience has a profound influence on workforce supply and potentially the experience of subsequent "next generation" trainees.  Supervisors and trainers are central to trainee experience and preparedness.

Oversight of trainees, trainers and workplaces is an important role for NES Healthcare Science. Assuring training is a matter of good practice and important in monitoring the return on NES funds. Holders of our national training numbers agree to our assurance regime, both as a partnership with us and in some cases as an obligation traceable to the statutory regulator.

Page last updated: 15/10/2021

Annual review of competency progression (ARCP)
Annual review of competency


An annual review of progression check has been introduced by NES as part of our quality monitoring role.  Its purpose is to ensure that training is continuing in a satisfactory manner and that an opportunity is given to both supervisors and trainees to provide feedback.

Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP)

Special Measures
Special Measures


These principles outline NES Healthcare Science approach to Special Measures in cases where either trainees, supervisors or training departments cannot demonstrate satisfactory attainment or maintenance of training standards.

Training Centre self-assessment
Training centre self-assessment

Training centre self assessment is for Healthcare Science departments providing trainees with work-based practice training or placement. Completion is essential for postgraduate scientist STP host departments and is also applicable to units supporting other Healthcare scientist trainees. The self assessment is designed to give reassurance to our service users, regulators and placement providers a framework to ensure that HCPC Standards of Education and training are being met. This is adopted by NES Healthcare Science as the benchmark for all healthcare science in NHS Scotland. 



Training plans
Training plans


Training Plans specify the main elements in the training programme to be achieved annually, including rotations, placement and principal NHS supervisors for each trainee.




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