July healthcare science newsletter


01 / 08 / 2014

This bi-monthly newsletter brings together national developments within Modernising Scientific Careers including local implementation, along with other healthcare science topical news.

In this issue:

Summer update poster

Our summer wall chart has been published to keep you up to date with progress across the Modernising Scientific Careers programme.

Hear about developments in education and training, curriculum development, accredited scientific practice and find out the latest from our share and learn network.

Designed to be printed on A3, it’s ideal to display in busy areas, helping to raise awareness of the MSC programme and monitor progress.

Download your copy.

Accredited Scientific Practice (ASP)

Accredited Scientific Practice is a core part of the MSC Education and Training Framework, pilot programmes are being developed and we are beginning to see the first available courses.

ASP programmes give an opportunity for the healthcare science workforce to undertake further specialist training as part of their employment, gaining specialist skills through a formal programme of continuing professional development. 

For employers, ASP programmes provide a route to developing the specialist skills of your workforce in line with patient and service needs.

We anticipate that a strategy guidance for ASP programmes will be available shortly.

Find out more about the first available ASP courses on the National School of Healthcare Science website.

Share and learn network

Our most recent share and learn network meeting took place on 8 July in London where we heard updates on Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST), the Care Maker programme and developments with the Band 2-4 workforce.

Over lunch we recorded some short vox pop audio clips to share tips from healthcare science leads about how to effectively engage NHS trust boards with MSC. These will be published shortly.

Find out more from our share and learn page and sign up – we are always looking for new members.

Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST)

The national HSST recruitment process is underway for the first cohort of trainees expected to start between October 2014 and January 2015.

Successful completion of HSST will lead to clinical scientists receiving a Certificate of Completion from the National School of Healthcare Science which will enable them to apply to the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) for entry to the Higher Specialist Scientist Register.

HSST will give Employers the opportunity to appoint expert Consultant Clinical Scientists to work with doctors and within clinical teams, enabling the optimal development and use of scientific advances and technology to further innovate to benefit patient care and services.

Find out more on HSST on our consultant clinical scientist workforce pages.

Scientist Training Programme (STP) – recruitment complete

The recruitment for the Scientist Training Programme 2014 is now complete with 252 direct entry and 36 in service posts allocated across 30 specialisms. Successful applicants have now accepted their posts across England and Wales and all employers have been informed as to who their new trainees will be.

Employers are now encouraged to undertake the necessary employment checks and contact trainees to let them know of the next steps in the local recruitment process.

You can find out more in our dedicated Clinical scientist workforce section. The National School of Healthcare Science will soon be planning next year’s recruitment process which will open in January 2015.

Care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment in healthcare science

As the 6Cs initiative is being rolled out across all professional NHS groups, healthcare scientists are being encouraged by CSO to embrace this wholeheartedly.

Professor Sue Hill in her recent CSO Bulletin says that engaging with these initiatives will develop individual scientists and lead to improved services which deliver the professionalism, standards and respect that our patients expect.

Watch the multi-disciplinary 6Cs video, filmed earlier in the spring.

What does a healthcare scientist do? – Competition

Trainee Healthcare Scientists on the STP programme have been given an exciting opportunity to illustrate the role they play in patient care using the production of a short video.

We know healthcare science contributes to around 80 per cent of patient diagnosis, but there is still a misconception that scientists are typically in the lab, analysing slides.

The competition has been organised by the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Science (MAHSE) and invites trainees to produce a 3-5 minute video explaining their specialism, day to day activities of the role and how it fits with the patient pathway.

The best video for each specialism will be chosen to appear on the MAHSE and National School of Healthcare Science websites and the producer/s will receive £50 in Amazon vouchers. The overall winner will win £150 in Amazon vouchers.

This is another great way to promote the valuable role healthcare scientists have and emphasise direct links with patient care delivery. Why not encourage your trainees to get involved. Entries have to be in by Tuesday 30 September 2014.

You can find out more from the National School.

Training capacity survey

Health Education England and the Centre for Workforce Intelligence are currently working together to develop a survey which is expected to be published in late summer/autumn. 

There are gaps in knowledge surrounding how training works in practice and the survey will identify and assess opportunities for improving training capacity in order to sustain workforce supply. When available, healthcare science department managers and service leads are encouraged to complete the survey.

Download the training capacity pre-survey brief for more information.

Other news...

  • Angela Douglas, Scientific Director from Liverpool Women’s Foundation Trust has been celebrated as one of healthcare’s most inspirational female leaders. At the Health Service Journal ceremony in London, Angela was recognised for driving key transformational change and raising awareness of healthcare science in the NHS. Find out more.
  • Various presentations and session summaries are now available following the Leading and Transforming Outcomes 14 conference held in April. Visit the Healthcare Science NHS Network to download your copies. You can also find out details of all the 2014 healthcare science award winners .
  • How are local healthcare science services positively impacting on patient care? We’ve been asking this question at share and learn events and now we want to hear from you. Use our talking points to share your local implementation and progress. 
  • The NHS Confederation and Chief Scientific Officer Professor Sue Hill are jointly hosting an event on the 24 September to explore the role of applied health sciences in improving patient experience and care. The event will provide Chief Executives and Board members with an excellent opportunity to explore the value of healthcare scientists and how to support them within organisations. To find out more and book your place visit the NHS Confederation website .

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