Information for Trainees

This page contains useful information and resources for all trainees from various career routes within Healthcare Science throughout NHS Scotland.

National Training Number (NTN)

We recognise trainees within Healthcare Science by providing a National Training Number (NTN) and storing training details within our Turas TPM system. 

This recognition comes with certain responsibilities in terms of quality assurance requirements and we welcome all trainees to apply for a National Training Number in collaboration with their supervisor. 

More details on this process, and the requirements, can be found on our Quality Assurance page on National Training Number

Trainee Handbook

NES Healthcare Science issues all Healthcare Science trainees within Scotland, regardless of whether they are NES-funded or not, a National Training Number (NTN). We also provide them with our trainee handbook when they commence their training.

The latest version of the trainee handbook can be accessed below:

Documents and related links

Training Plan

We annually request the completion of a training plan for all Healthcare Science trainees. This request forms part of our role in quality assurance of training programmes across Scotland.

More details on this process and a link to the basic training plan outline can be found within our Quality Assurance pages on Training Plans


Supervision is a process of professional learning and development that enables individuals to reflect on and develop their knowledge, skills, and competence, through agreed and regular support with another professional. Effective supervision has multiple benefits for both the supervisee and supervisor, as well as the wider service and service users.

The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) have an excellent section on their website which details the benefits and outcomes of effective supervision, in addition to having case studies, templates and FAQs. Please use the following links to access the webpage:

Special Measures

These principles outline NES Healthcare Science approach to Special Measures in cases where either trainees, supervisors or training departments cannot demonstrate satisfactory attainment or maintenance of training standards.

More details on this and our Special Measures guide can be accessed within our Quality Assurance page on Special Measures.

Last updated: November 10, 2023