Funding model for London STP and HSST trainees

The funding for STPs and HSSTs is not immediately obvious so we’ve got a quick description of the pathway for trainees in London. We all have discussions with our training center about our funding, so it’s useful to know the funding routes and what’s expected.

A key point of contact is Health Education England (HEE). HEE co-ordinates the training and education within the health and public-health workforce in England and importantly for healthcare science trainees, they contribute educational funding to Trusts who employ STP and HSST trainees. There are important parts of the funding flow before HEE, and these are shown in the figure below.

The funding for STPs and HSSTs are allocated via a learning and development agreement (LDA) with each Trust. This is a general fund, rather than a fund specific to individual trainees. Managers are required to withdraw this funding from the LDA through the Trust’s Education Leads or Trust’s Lead Scientists. The funding for the training programme is allocated to the Trusts in 4 instalments over the year. A key point:

HEE don’t fund individual trainees, but instead fund training posts within Trusts.

As of June 2019 (subject to change)
STP posts in London can expect:

  • Salary support contribution for three years + relevant high cost area supplements and on costs
  • £2000 for travel and accommodation
  • HEE fund for the academic component, directly to the university

As of May 2019 (subject to change) HSST posts in London can expect :

  • The Trust pay the trainee’s salary
  • HEE local office fund £13,000 per year, to be used for
    • Expenses: travel and accommodation associated with required university attendance
    • Costs for additional learning toward degree (including travel and accommodation)
    • Research project costs
    • Cost of cover to enable the release of individual undertaking the HSST
  • HEE funding for the academic component, directly to the university

HEE strongly advises Trainees to discuss their funding allocation with their training officers or managers at the beginning of each academic year in order to know where they stand. With this information, you should be better equipped for the conversation.

Stefan Piatek
Former Co-Chair, LondonHCSTN Board

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