Current Opportunities

NES Healthcare Science are now offering Clinical Scientist equivalence application fee support for the financial year 2023-24. Please see further details below.

Clinical Scientist equivalence application fee support 2023-24

If you’re considering applying for Clinical Scientist equivalence (Applications for AHCS-HSS equivalence will also be considered), NES Healthcare Science can offer advice and funding to meet the relevant body’s application fee cost, which typically ranges from £250 to £500.

Equivalence routes are offered by:

Applicants must agree to engage with the relevant body (AHCS, ACS or IBMS) to complete their Clinical Scientist equivalence process within the appropriate timescale. This will largely involve preparing the necessary portfolio with sufficient evidence to satisfy the standard. Applications for AHCS-HSS equivalence will also be considered. 


Applicants must also agree to comply with NES Healthcare Science Quality Assurance processes by initially submitting a training plan and returning our exit survey at a later date so we can assess the success of allocated funding.

Financial support must be drawn down by 31st March 2024, so you should initiate your application and submit your portfolio as soon as you are in a position to do so. NES Healthcare Science will organise payment to the relevant body, but applicants must commence the application with the body and keep us notified of progress.

Please note funding is allocated on a first come, first served basis and may close before 31st March 2024.

For more information regarding the process, eligibility and requirements for each of the three distinct equivalence routes, please see our attached flyer below and also our dedicated page on Equivalence Routes and Support.

To apply, please complete our MS Forms application form available at the following LINK.

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IBMS non-accredited degree assessment - application fee support

We have a funding opportunity to support existing NHS Scotland Healthcare Science support staff at career framework levels 2-4 apply for recognition of their learning and experience (non-accredited degree assessment) by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Please note there is a limited fund available during financial year 2023-24. Early applications are advised. Once the fund is allocated the scheme will close. The cost of such recognition is up to £309; support to individuals is capped at this level.

This is an opportunity for those staff to apply for guidance by the Institute on how their qualifications align with future HCPC registration as a Biomedical Scientist

Please note: this scheme is not for course fees, the cost of additional modules identified by the assessment process, exam charges or registration payment.

How to apply:

  • Complete the application form in the document
  • Applicants must have in readiness the required documentation for degree assessment.
  • Applicants must have a plan in place for any further modules identified that should be undertaken by indicating how such additional courses would be funded.

For further information and guidance on the non-accredited degree assessment process with the IBMS – visit Non-accredited degree assessment - Institute of Biomedical Science (

Career pathway for a Biomedical Scientist

Biomedical scientist | NHSScotland Careers

Become a biomedical scientist - Institute of Biomedical Science (

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Last updated: December 06, 2023