May healthcare science newsletter


13 / 05 / 2014

AHA Award winners

The Advancing Healthcare Awards took place on 11 April in London, with congratulations given to many healthcare scientists including Keith Pearce and Martin Stout from University Hospitals South Manchester, who were named the overall winners for the event.

Keith and Martin were recognised for their rapid access functional imaging, which has not only simplified a complex patient pathway, but has life-saving implications for patients as they are seen quickly in the community and fast-tracked into secondary care if needed.
The judges applauded the team for leading from the front with great passion and multi-team involvements. The project simplified a complex system and was very patient centred. Well done chaps!

Runners up included Catherine Irwin, a trainee clinical scientist who set up a structured search strategy for finding the best blood donor quickly for patients, and Sue Kenworthy, lead biomedical andrologist, who developed a patient-centred service involving a set of questions to help men improve their chances of conception.

See the full list of winners.

Health sciences and the NHS

The NHS Confederation has launched a new project, which looks at realising the benefits of health sciences in the NHS.

Sponsored by Professor Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer at NHS England and chaired by former Chief Executive Mike Farrar, is bringing together NHS leaders and leading healthcare scientists to promote awareness of new developments and the benefits they bring to the NHS.

Get involved – throughout the year, the Confederation will be running a series of meetings that will bring together some of the UK’s leading health scientists, executive directors and non-executives from a range of member trusts and leaders of Academic Health Science Networks.

If you are interested in getting involved, contact

Medical Innovation Bill – what about science?

The Academy for Healthcare Science has submitted a response on behalf of 50,000 healthcare scientists, to the consultation on the proposed Medical Innovation Bill for England and Wales. There is a concern that the draft Bill excluded any mention of the healthcare science workforce, despite scientific practice playing a key role in the delivery of innovation across healthcare.

Find out more on the Academy’s website.

Healthcare Science Awards

The Leading Transforming Outcomes Chief Scientific Officer event took place in April, with an Awards ceremony celebrating the fantastic work across the country in healthcare science.
NHS Employers had a stand where we engaged with lead scientists on a variety of issues.

A full list of winners, including pictures and their citations, are available on the Healthcare Science NHS Network. You can also download presentations from the day.

HCPC consultation on standards of proficiency

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched two separate consultations on Standards of Proficiency for Clinical Scientists and Biomedical Scientists.
The consultations run until the 20 June 2014 and separate online surveys are available for each.

Find out more and submit your views on the HCPC website.

Top three issues survey

The Academy for Healthcare Science is still looking to capture a wide range of views from the profession to find out what the three top issues are facing the workforce.

If you’ve not already completed their short online form, you can do so on their website.

Full set of HSST curricula now published

There are 19 curricula now available, covering areas across Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, Physiological Sciences and Life Sciences.
All curricula can be downloaded from the HSST pages of the Modernising Scientific Careers Curricula Network.

Share and learn

We ran our northern share and learn meeting on 7 May in Leeds, which was well attended with lead scientists, colleges, national bodies and experts from NHS Employers.

You can download presentations from the day in our dedicated share and learn section.

If you’d like to join the network and come along to our southern meeting on 8 July in London, please email

Sandra Richards' latest blog

In her latest healthcare science blog, Sandra Richards tells us all about her healthcare science ambassador activities at the Big Bang Fair, where she spoke to over 500 students, helping to inspire the workforce of the future.

Are you a healthcare science ambassador? Do you regularly promote science careers to your community? If so we would like to invite you to blog for us. Interested? Email

Innovation – tell us how you are improving patient care

Healthcare science is rapidly improving how and where services are delivered to patients. As more and more services are delivered in community settings, we are looking to develop examples which highlight this shift and the impact it has on patient experiences.

A great example of this has been achieved in South Manchester – read a case study developed by Health Education North West. It describes how some services are now being delivered in GP practices and how simple things like parking, accessibility and familiar surroundings make a difference to patients.

Whether it be extended services, a new way to monitor a condition remotely or the use of skill mix to run community clinics, we would like to hear from you. 

Email with a brief outline and we’ll be in touch.

Other items of interest

  • New website – NHS Employers has a new website, designed to make it easier for employers to navigate as well as personalise.
  • Spring MSC update – download our Spring update, which brings together developments across the MSC programme.
  • Coding classifications for the healthcare science workforce – are you using them? These new classifications have been designed to allow employers to effectively record their healthcare science workforce. If you want to be able to identify each and every healthcare science individual in your workforce, then used correctly, these provide you with that data.

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