Help Needed – STP Shortlisting

The National School of Healthcare Science need help with STP shortlisting, please see the message below from the head of the NSHCS.

“This year, because of an unforeseen technological issue that occurred with the third-party platform we used to deliver the longlisting situational judgement tests, there is an exceptional and significant challenge to the delivery of STP recruitment. That is why I am appealing for your help.

In order to align our recruitment process more closely with the person specification for STP trainees, this year we introduced a situational judgment test for longlisting. Unfortunately, the test platform failed and, as a result, the test did not produce valid results. We had no alternative but to abandon its use, and that has left us with over 6,000 applications to be processed. After considering all other options, we have decided that the only fair way to continue with recruitment is to consider them all for shortlisting.

This means we need more volunteers than ever before to help us with shortlisting. We already have a very strong pool of scientists who have volunteered to shortlist, but we now need more in some specialties. At the end of this message is a table showing the specialties in which we have a shortfall.

Of course, I am conscious that in the current climate, additional calls on your time are a lot to ask. We aim to mitigate this by recruiting as many new shortlisters as possible, so that no individual takes on an unreasonable number of applications, and by extending the shortlisting period considerably so that you will not be under undue pressure of time.

We anticipate that the shortlisting window will be 15th March to 30th April.

Shortlisters should be Clinical Scientists with post-qualification experience in the workplace (normally at least one year). We will also welcome help from senior healthcare scientists and biomedical scientists who have good knowledge/experience of the programme.

I hope you will understand how necessary this is for the future of our workforce. If you cannot do it yourself, can you nominate a colleague?

To volunteer to shortlist, please click the link  below and sign up before Monday 8th March. Please do circulate this link to colleagues that you feel could help.

Thank you very much indeed – on behalf of the School and on behalf of all healthcare scientists”.


  • Microbiology
  • Haematology and Transfusion Science
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Clinical Pharmaceutical Science


  • Gastrointestinal Physiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Reproductive Science
  • Genomic Counselling
  • Genomics
  • Medical Physics
  • Clinical Engineering
  • Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics)


  • Cardiac Science
  • Respiratory & Sleep Sciences
  • Critical Care Science


  • Vascular Science
  • Audiology
  • Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics
  • Andrology
  • Reconstructive Science
  • Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences)
  • Clinical Bioinformatics (Health Informatics)