Applications for non-medical cystoscopy programme

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Information in relation to the application process for funded places for non-medical cystoscopy

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NHS Education for Scotland and the Centre for Sustainable Delivery continue to support this Non-Medical Cystoscopy learning opportunity which aims to rapidly enhance service delivery while cultivating long-term enablement of sustainable service transformation.       


This modular programme will build into a 120 credit Post Graduate Diploma (PG Dip) award in Advanced Professional Practice (with Cystoscopy Function) at SCQF 11/ Masters level. It has an anticipated completion of 2 years.   The academic partner for this programme of education is Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).  

Participant readiness will be primed by a clinical skills focused Non-Medical Cystoscopy boot camp. This is scheduled for 13-14 November 2023.    

Can I apply as a manager in lieu of having a candidate recruited?  

Yes. While it is preferrable to have a trainee in place at the time of application we understand the current difficulties with service pressure and recruitment. It is therefore possible to complete the application form as a line manager of a potential trainee provided intention to fund and recruit have been agreed by the health board to the pre-requisites below. 

It is important that you only apply for a place that the board is in a position to support.  

Pre-requisites for participation include:   

  • Evidence of previous study to SCQF Level 9 / Degree level or equivalent
  • Professional Registration with NMC, HCPC or PA MVR (Physician Associate managed voluntary register, pending GMC registration)
  • Agreement from candidate’s line manager and employing NHS Board that candidates can be ready to commence an Autumn semester 2023 intake    
  • Flexibility to be released to attend a mandatory Non-Medical Cystoscopy boot camp practical skills course on 13-14 November 2023   
  • Agreement that candidates can travel for a small number of educational contact days which will be held in a central location in 2023/24 with study leave provision    
  • Confirmation that the learner has an allocated clinical supervisor, providing clinical support for the candidate for the duration     
  • Confirmation the candidate will have access to a minimum of two training lists per week     
  • Agreement that candidates will be working within a career level 6 CNS urology role or an equivalent Annex 21 trainee contract    

Funding agreement:    

  • Funding opportunities have been agreed for 8 places within this cohort      
  • Provision for 80% of the full PGDip Programme is available through NES 
  • To secure a place, agreement is required from the participating Health board to pay 20% of the overall course fees in advance of the programme commencing   
  • In addition to the above places, for those new to cystoscopy function, funding is also available for experienced staff already working in this clinical area. This should support added academic and clinical skills development in the context of evolving non-medical cystoscopy service delivery

Candidate selection and allocation: 
Whilst NES will manage the recruitment process, selection and final allocation of funded places will be by the Centre for Sustainable Delivery.  

Key dates: 

  • Applications open: 1 August 2023   
  • Closing date: 12 September 2023   
  • Confirmation of outcome: 19 September 2023   
  • Non-Medical Cystoscopy Boot Camp: 13-14 November 2023  
  • GCU academic preparation from mid-Sept - Dec 2023 and course theory commencing January 2024  
Diversification of the non-medical cystoscopy workforce

It is important that NES NMAHP are responsive to the needs of regional health boards and support a flexible workforce pipeline that can meet developing service requirements while broadening career opportunities.  

Non-medical cystoscopy roles have historically been held by clinical nurse specialists. In response to national endoscopy recovery plans and service led requests for alternative workforce options, NES NMAHP developed the non-medical cystoscopy education programme to be accessible by mixed discipline registered healthcare professionals from the outset.     

This course can therefore be accessed by Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), Medical Associate Professions (MAPS), with appropriate clinical experience in the field of urology as well as nurses.