Trauma Sciences Care of The Injured Patient Programme (TSCIPP) 

TSCIPP stands for 'Trauma Science and Care of the Injured Patient Programme'. It's a new 4 year SSC developed by the Centre for Trauma Sciences that offers a unique opportunity for medical students to gain both clinical and research experience from some of the best trauma staff in the country.

As a 4 year programme, students who join get to stay on the programme until the end of their time at medical school, allowing them to fully develop their interest and skills in Trauma medicine.

The overall aims of the programme are:

  • To provide students with education beyond Advanced Trauma Life Support through exclusive access to the Major Trauma Centre team and clinical research unit.
  • To provide students with the unique opportunity to explore holistic patient care from hospital admission to long term follow-up in the community.
  • To provide students with the tools and environment needed to appreciate, understand and contribute to the research underpinning Trauma Science and the public health approach to Trauma Care.
  • To enhance employability through the development of a portfolio demonstrating skills in leadership, mentorship, education, reflective practice, interpersonal skills and team work.

Instructions on how to apply and FAQs are below. More information including a description of what is involved in each year of the programme can be found on the TSCIPP-More info page.

Trauma Lates

Trauma Lates (TLs) are monthly student led informal evenings of education, debate & networking. They happen every 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-8pm in the Perrin Lecture Theatre.

Each Trauma Late consists of short talks by speakers from academic, research and other backgrounds as well as Q&A sessions.

Anyone with a medical background is welcome to attend and the event is free as always. Tickets or pre-booking aren't needed. Student should bring student IDs, others should bring professional IDs.

Full dates for TLs can be found on the left of this webpage.

For students, attendance at 'Trauma Lates' will be part of the application process for the TSCIPP SSC Programme.

Information on the next Trauma Late can be found on the Trauma Late's page.

TSCIPP applications: more info

2019 applications for the TSCIPP 4-year SSC closed on the 4th March.

Following March 4th, applicants will be shortlisted for interviews.

NOTE: this year is the only year we accepted applicants from years other than MBBS Y1/GEP Y1.

*Unfortunately, current PCP students could not apply. First years however were welcome to apply to both PCP and TSCIPP but must only choose 1 to join if offered a place on both.


  • I haven't attended all the Trauma Lates, does this matter?

We understand that medical students are busy and cannot attend all Trauma Lates (TLs). Not attending all Trauma Lates does not mean you shouldn’t apply. Simply talk about the Trauma Lates you have attended. We are interested in the quality of what you’ve gained from TLs, not necessarily the amount.

  • I haven't attended any Trauma Lates, should I still apply?

Yes! As this was our first year, we understand that some students might not have been aware of Trauma Lates. Explain why you’ve not attended and we will take this into consideration. You can talk about any other relevant talks or experiences, or reflect on the topics addressed in our Trauma Lates. You can find live feeds of this year’s Trauma Lates discussions on our twitter.

  • What is a four-year SSC?

A four-year SSC is, like the PCP SSC, an SSC that you join and then get to stay on until you complete your medical studies at Barts and The London.

Usually, students apply during their MBBS Y1/GEP Y1 and then join the following year. However, for this year only we are accepting people from years other than MBBS Y1/GEP Y1.
More information can be found under the applications section above.

  • I am not a first year, does this mean I will get less out of the programme/is it still worth applying?

The TSCIPP SSC is designed so that students get out as much experience from it as they want to. Every year provides students with the same core opportunities that include clinical shifts, Trauma teaching sessions and more.

On top of this, each year will have its own specific aims and objectives. Being further along in your studies doesn’t however mean that you will necessarily miss out on the content from the earlier years.

Indeed, the programme’s spiral curriculum builds from year on year with students often revisiting subjects from previous years but in more detail.

Finally, the programme is designed to encourage students to explore the world of Trauma medicine therefore nothing stops you from going beyond the aims/objectives of your year of the programme.

Furthermore, this is the only year that we will be accepting applicants from years other than MBBS Y1/GEP Y1 so make sure you apply this year to not miss out on this amazing opportunity!

  • How many places are available this year?

We do not have a set number of places for this year. We will try our best to accept as many people onto the programme as possible but, this being our first year, we don’t want to overburden the team. The number of places will therefore depend on number and quality of applications as well as how many applicants we can realistically take on.

  • How is TSCIPP different to PCP?

Whereas PCP focuses on the care of patients before they reach hospital, TSCIPP will focus on the care of trauma patients once they arrive at the hospital, with emphasis on each aspect of their journey from Resus to rehabilitation. So you will gain insight into multiple hospital specialties whilst seeing patients with different injury patterns progress through the the trauma system.

Additionally, the research and public health elements of TSCIPP will allow you to carry out your own research and develop your interests under the mentorship of experts in the field. You’ll also get involved in creating public engagement campaigns, shadowing the clinical research fellows and teaching your peers. This is on top of clinical shifts within the hospital setting and regular teaching sessions.

To find out more about the differences between the two programmes, take a look at our description of each TSCIPP year.

  • Can I apply to both PCP and TSCIPP?

First years (GEP or MBBS) are welcome to apply to both PCP and TSCIPP but must only choose 1 to join if offered a place on both. Unfortunately, students currently on PCP cannot apply.  This is because of logistical SSC restrictions and because it would be unfair on students to have the burden of having to complete 2 SSC's worth of assessments every year.

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Monthly Trauma Lates

Trauma Lates are monthly student led informal evenings of education, debate & networking with expert clinicians & researchers. Each trauma late will consist of 3 short talks by speakers from academic, research and other backgrounds as well as Q&A sessions. Trauma Lates are open to all and occur every second Thursday of the month from 6pm to 8pm in the Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Institute, 4 Newark St, London E11 2AT.  Barts and The London students must bring student ID. Dates are listed below and topics will be listed on the Trauma Lates page throughout the year:

Thurs November 15th 2018

Thurs December 20th 2018

Thurs January 10th 2019

Thurs February 14th 2019

Thurs March 14th 2019

Thursday May 9th 2019

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