Recruiting now: NHS Clinical Science training schemes

The NHS has started recruitment for its Scientist Training Programme, which replaces the old NHS Clinical Science Training Scheme for entry at graduate level. Recruitment for England and Wales is being coordinated by South Central Strategic Health Authority; NHS Scotland will continue to coordinate its own recruitment.

The latest information from the NHS is that details of vacancies in England and Wales will be on the NHS jobs website in mid February 2011. A couple of vacancies have been advertised already on the NHS jobs site, both had VERY tight deadlines.

NHS Scotland is already advertising for 11 training posts, with a closing date of Friday 25th February 2011. These include 7 in clinical physics/engineering and 4 in other life science disciplines (haematology, cell science, immunology and histocompatibility & immunogenetics). Application details are on the NHS Education for Scotland website.

The training vacancies are open to graduates with a relevant degree (at undergraduate or postgraduate level) and candidates with work experience may find themselves at an advantage. It is always very competitive but each year a number of University of Manchester graduates are successful.

Further information

See also my blog post with update on this topic.

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