March Healthcare Science Newsletter


09 / 04 / 2014

Issue 6 - March 2014  

Our bi-monthly healthcare science newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest developments both locally and nationally, as trusts continue to implement Modernising Scientific Careers and shape their scientific workforce. 

In our March edition:


Healthcare science priorities 2014/15

The Chief Scientific Officer Prof Sue Hill has produced a factsheet which sets out the key issues in healthcare science and the professional priorities for 2014/15.

Healthcare Science - improving outcomes across health and care lists key areas of improvement under the following categories:

  • building understanding 
  • commissioning and improvement 
  • quality and safety 
  • patient and public engagement

It also describes the 'priority areas' which require action during 2014/15. These include scientific leadership and expertise, quality, safety and improvement, STEM and innovation along with commissioning and delivery.

The newsletter was cascaded among delegates at the recent Leading and Transforming Outcomes event #LTO14. You can find out more on Twitter.

For more information contact

Healthcare Science Week 2014

Healthcare Science Week 2014 was a huge success, as healthcare science departments across the country actively promoted healthcare science careers. 

We've seen organisations and other key bodies post their activity on Twitter, feature in various press articles and share their promotional activity in our online calendar.

We've captured activity across the country in an online story using the social media platform Storify. Access it here

Let us know what you think of this round-up!

New system to improve scientific workforce data - are you on board?

It's three months since the new healthcare science workforce classifications were introduced on ESR - are you using them?

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is currently measuring uptake of the new codes and will be issuing updates over the coming months. 

They are continuing to work with NHS organisations to resolve any outstanding issues with the new arrangements. It is anticipated that revised guidance materials will be available shortly to ensure a consistent approach is adopted across organisations.

If you haven't already started using the codes in your organisation then now is the time to do so. They allow you to effectively code all of your healthcare science workforce and improve the quality of your healthcare science data. In time this will assist in effective workforce planning and help to measure the valuable contribution of this part of the workforce on the delivery of patient care.

Download the available guidance materials from our ESR and the healthcare science workforce section. 

Academy for Healthcare Science survey

What are the three biggest issues you currently face in healthcare science? 

To help influence future activity, the Academy for Healthcare Science is gathering information in a short survey to write an anonymised briefing for policy-makers. 

The survey has been designed to be easy to complete and requires no more than 200 words on each issue faced. All they ask is that you provide your email address, should they need clarification on any of the issues raised.

Access the survey.  

Share and learn network

Our next share and learn meeting takes place on Wednesday 7 May in our Leeds office. 

Would you like to hear about Higher Specialist Scientist Training, an update from the Academy of Healthcare Science and from individuals in similar roles to yourself about their local challenges and innovation?

If so, share and learn is for you. Sign up by emailing

Find out more in our dedicated Share and learn network section. 

Advancing Healthcare Awards

These UK wide awards recognise and reward projects and professionals leading innovative healthcare practice and making a real difference to the lives of patients, in the healthcare science and allied health professions.  

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on 11 April. NHS Employers is proud to sponsor the ‘Inspiring the workforce of the future’ award.

Good luck to all the shortlisted entries, we look forward to celebrating the achievements of healthcare science projects and professionals with you. 

Find out more in our Advancing Healthcare Awards section. 

In other news

  • Download our MSC Spring update - providing an at a glance summary of developments across the Modernising Scientific Careers programme. 
  • FAQ's on the recent 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 NHS pay award - find out more 
  • MSC explaining the facts - download this recently published resource which busts some of the myths around MSC 
  • Download our new Values Based Recruitment Mapping Tool - help map your organisational values to those within the NHS Constitution. 

Get in touch

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