The importance of professional leadership at all levels

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05 / 6 / 2015 11am

Hello again readers, and welcome to my latest blog.

This time, I am going to talk about professional leadership and its importance at all levels – to provide credibility and assurance; to have influence and impact; and to provide an example to be followed.

There are exciting developments at the Academy. Firstly, confirming our own commitment to providing professional leadership, we have recently appointed Dr Brendan Cooper to the position of President of the Academy.  Brendan brings not only extensive knowledge and experience as both a practising scientist and scientific leader, but an excellent reputation as an influential member of a number of professional organisations.

I am confident that Brendan will cement the tremendous work of our Chairman Sir Duncan Nichol and move the Academy further forward towards achieving its mission to be the ‘one voice’ of the scientific profession.

We at the Academy are passionate about the contribution made to the NHS by all clinical scientists and practitioners and are determined to raise awareness and understanding of their roles; and raise the profile of the profession and its impact.  Regular readers of this blog, and people who are familiar with the Academy, will know that addressing this is one of our key aims.  We want to host an event for scientists later in the year that will offer practical help, advice and master classes to help people who are interested in providing this professional leadership to their colleagues and employers. This will be the beginning of a programme of work to empower and enable scientists to consider all of the ways where they can influence and help shape services for patients.

At a more local level, I would like to call on senior scientists working within the NHS (and beyond) to demonstrate their professional leadership to their co-workers by 1) ensuring they themselves join the appropriate register for their level, and 2) encourage their colleagues and staff to also join. The Academy Register is commissioned by the NHS for the healthcare science workforce who are not regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.  The only object of registration is patient protection and public confidence – I’m sure you will agree that both are fundamental to the sustainability of the NHS. We also run a programme of equivalence that recognises and values experience, and this provides eligibility for registration on the appropriate register. For more detail or for a specific query please go to the website

The next AHCS Congress will be held on 7th December 2015 in Edinburgh and will build on the great success of our Congress in 2014. The theme for this year’s event is ‘One Voice’, which of course cuts across all aspects of the Academy’s work and is its core purpose. There will be an awards programme and dinner on 6th December.  The Congress will be an opportunity for practical debate on ‘one voice’ matters and key themes.  A ‘save the date’ note is to be issued, but if you are reading this and are interested in attending the Congress, please do save the date and watch this space and visit our website for further information.

Until next time …

Janet Monkman
Chief Executive, Academy for Healthcare Science


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