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About Accredited Scientific Practice

Background to the various programmes offered at the various levels of Accredited Scientific Practice

Accredited Scientific Practice programme

An approach for the development of Accredited Scientific Practice (ASP) programmes at all levels within the MSC Framework has been agreed and pilot programmes are currently being developed. A strategy and policy document detailing the learning so far and direction of development will be published in the coming months.

ASP integrates both academic and work based learning and assessment and will be determined and led by workforce and employer need. ASP will establish additional and more formalised Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) educational and training programmes for those exiting with the new MSC qualifications or for those in the current workforce whose employers’ require new skills to be gained. In the first instance such programmes will be planned based on advice from employers, professional bodies, senior scientists, and through national or legislative requirements.

ASP programmes will be defined by the award level at which the academic component of the programme is undertaken, e.g. for the 2 Neurophysiology Programmes cited below, the academic award will be a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert).

2014/15 Accredited Scientific Practice programmes

In 2014/15 the first Accredited Scientific Practice (ASP) programmes were launched, for Neurophysiology and Medical Physics Expert


There are two Neurophysiology ASP programmes:

  • Specialist Techniques in Neurophysiology: EEG in the Paediatric and Intensive Care Setting
  • Specialist Techniques in Neurophysiology: Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies

The academic element of these two programmes are being offered by Aston University.  http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/school/life-health-sciences/neurophysiology/


Medical Physics Expert

The Medical Physics Expert (MPE) is a role required by law and from 2018, when revised legislation will come into force, EU member states are required to provide a system for the education, training and recognition of MPEs. Working with the policy lead responsible for patient safety for medical radiation exposures in the Department of Health, a project was established in 2012 to develop a framework for the education and training of MPEs in 3 areas of expert practice namely Radiotherapy Physics, Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology.

A curriculum has been developed taking into account the revised European Basic Safety Standard Directive (2013/59/EURATOM) and the European Guidelines on Medical Physics Expert (RP174). The EU guidelines map well onto the Modernising Scientific Careers Accredited Expert Scientific Practice (AESP) model. The curriculum that has been developed  is fully embedded in the Medical Physics Higher Specialist Scientific Training (HSST) curriculum. The curriculum has been developed using the HSST module format and, in line with all MSC curricula, has generic, common and specialist modules.

  • Generic Module. This has been developed based on Good Scientific Practice and the generic standards in the EU guidelines. It is based on a role map for AESP and reflects the emphasis within the role for service improvement, patient safety and patient centred care, working effectively in networks and teams and teaching and training.
  • Common modules on Dosimetry and Equipment Management undertaken by all those seeking to gain MPE status
  • Specialist modules on Optimisation in Imaging (Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology) OR Optimisation in Radiotherapy.

Trainees will be required to complete 4 modules (the generic module, two common modules and one of the specialist modules) over 2 years, supported by academic learning at doctoral level.

Medical Physics Expert AESP 2014-5 v1 Oct 2014