Training at the West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory

The West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory is committed to the training and development of all new and existing staff.

We offer a range of competence-based training following nationally-recognised training programmes including the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP), Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST), the B.Sc. NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) and Career Framework levels 2 to 4. Further information on careers in healthcare science can be found through the National School of Healthcare Science.

Professional development

We support our staff in their professional development through attendance at local and national seminars and conferences, professional registration (Health and Care Professions Council – HCPC) and higher examinations e.g. the Fellowship Examination of the Royal College of Pathologists.

We are an accredited training centre for the Genetics Sciences pathway of the NHS Scientist Training Programme (National School of Healthcare Science). Our department has many experienced trainers who are dedicated to the development of our staff.

We have an active Continuing Professional Development programme offering a range of seminars, courses and presentations by staff from the Trust and invited visiting speakers on specialist subjects.

We support the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Clinical Scientists and perform regular competence checks as part of on-going training and revalidation.

We are committed to supporting training across Healthcare Science and offer cross-modality training to other life science disciplines as part of the STP training programme. Suitable undergraduate sandwich placements may also be considered.

Graduate internships

A number of graduate internships are available throughout the year for those interested in a career within genomics. For further information and consideration, please contact sarah.clinton9@nhs.net enclosing a CV and covering letter.

Education in the community

Our staff are actively involved in STEM activities and supporting genomic education in the community.  Recent events that we have participated in include Unique, the Rare Chromosome Disorder Support Group Regional Conference, the Big Bang Show and The Skill Show.