HTS regulations

The HTS regulations have been updated and come into effect immediately. These updated regulations apply to all existing candidates, so we would suggest you read them carefully.

The main changes are:

  • Most candidates will find out the outcome of their exams on the day. Candidates may be informed of the outcome of the examination on the day. However, examiners retain the right to defer feedback, in which case results will usually be confirmed to the candidate by email within 10 working days of the examination.
  • Clarity regarding external assessments: At least one part B appraisal should be done by a suitable person from another department. It is recommended that they are either an accredited supervisor or a HTS Examiner, so they are familiar with the requirements and standards of the scheme. This external assessment can be completed on secondment, or by the suitable person visiting the candidate’s own department. It is recommended that this appraisal is towards the end of training, and is run like a mock exam to give the candidate experience of an exam scenario.
  • We have also amended the wording to say that candidates have to make themselves available for exams around the availability of examiners. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly difficult to find examiners due to the ongoing increased workload we are all experiencing. Therefore, unless a candidate is on annual leave or sick, it may be necessary for the department to work round the dates examiners are available, for example, changing clinics and / or candidates being examined on days they would not usually work. We appreciate your understanding with this, and apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

There have also been some more minor amendments to add clarity. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the committee via

Click through to the members’ pages to read the updated regulations.