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The STP curriculum is changing…

The new STP curricula for Andrology and Embryology will go live for the September 2022 intake of trainees. All trainees prior to this intake will remain on the current curriculum.

Both current and new curricula can be accessed here: https://curriculumlibrary.nshcs.org.uk/

Key changes for Andrology/Embryology specialisms:


For support setting up links for the rotational modules, please contact the NSHCS.

The 4 rotations for Reproductive Science specialisms are:

  • Reproductive Science: Andrology
  • Reproductive Science: Embryology
  • Genomics
  • Genomic Counselling

Please contact the ARCS Education SIG should you require further support with the new curriculum or securing your STP post for 2022

The specialisms for the rotations will be changing in 2022. Histopathology and Cytopathology are no longer included on the curricula. Instead, Andrology and Embryology form their own individual rotations to allow the trainee to appreciate their differences. Genomic Counselling is a new rotation for 2022 to help trainees develop an understanding of patient communication skills. Supporting a trainee through the STP will involve forming links with these specialisms to facilitate the rotational components. As with previous cohorts it is expected that the offer of hosting is reciprocated by inviting trainee geneticists and counsellors to observe within the reproductive science setting.

In addition, the format of rotations is changing to make them more applicable to Reproductive Science and easier to deliver. Trainees will now spend a minimum of 4 weeks within each rotational department, which is considerably shorter than previous cohorts. Trainees will be expected to shadow and observe the practices of the rotational department and reflect on how this links with their own specialism. This means there will be no specific ‘hands-on’ competencies to complete during rotations. As a result, all original rotational competencies (mainly Andrology based) have been reorganised into the Year Two modules. It is recommended that any time saved through completing shorter rotations in Year One is spent progressing to the specialist competencies set for Year Two modules. For example, making a start on performing semen analysis.

Specialist Modules

Competencies for both specialisms have been updated taking into consideration current UK practice and feedback from Stakeholders. The previous ‘Knowledge and Understanding’ section has been replaced with ‘Considerations’, to briefly highlight key areas of practice that will assist in the completion of the competency.

Academic Component

The academic modules will continue to be provided by Manchester Metropolitan University, and have been updated to reflect the revised specialist content.

NSHCS Support

This ARCS Statement is in addition to support from the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) to ensure a smooth transition for clinics.

Information on how to join is on the NSHCS website:


ARCS will continue to support the membership through this transition. Please contact the ARCS Education SIG should you require further support with the new curriculum or securing your STP post for 2022.


Lucy Wood

Clinical Embryologist

Jessop Fertility, Sheffield