September healthcare science newsletter


26 / 09 / 2014

This bi-monthly newsletter brings together Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) implementation progress and other science related topical news. 

In our September edition, read the latest about MSC education and training programmes, new training curricula, download our Autumn MSC update poster and find out how to book onto our next healthcare science 'share and learn' network in October.


Autumn update poster

Download our latest quarterly update poster which brings together MSC implementation and developments. Designed to be printed on A3, this attractive visual resource provides you and your staff with an at a glance MSC update.

The Autumn update provides key information on healthcare science education and training programmes, regional uptake levels of the new coding classifications in ESR, the healthcare science share and learn network and an upcoming training and capacity survey.

Download your copy.


Share and learn network

Our next share and learn network takes place in Leeds on Wednesday 8 October. If you are a lead scientist or involved with the education and training/planning of the healthcare science workforce then this forum is for you.
If you are interested in hearing national updates on topics such as the practitioner training programme review, Bands 2-4 framework development, Higher Specialist Scientist Training and would like an opportunity to share local MSC implementation progress, then email to register your place.
Visit our Healthcare science share and learn section for more information. 

Accredited Scientific Practice (ASP)

Accredited Scientific Practice programmes are now becoming available, providing staff with routes to develop the specialist skills needed in line with patient needs.
Several early pilot programmes are being developed in some areas of practice and strategic guidance will be made available shortly. The first Accredited Specialist Scientific Practice (ASSP) course is now available at Aston University, in Neurophysiology. Find out more

Coding of the healthcare science workforce

Revised guidance has been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre to assist employers use the new coding classifications if they aren't already doing so.
Employers are reminded, if they haven't started using the new codes, to complete this piece of work as a matter of urgency to ensure correct workforce information can be captured in the 2014 census. Read the recent reminder from Professor Sue Hill.
Download our Autumn MSC update to see Local Education and Training Board uptake and progress - currently 85 per cent. 

Academy for Healthcare Science register now open to HCS practitioners

Registration of healthcare science professionals is important for the protection of patients, by maintaining registration individuals demonstrate they are committed to upholding high professional and educational standards.

The Academy's register is now open for online applications from practitioners. Find out more on the Academy website.

PTP equivalence process open to applicants

The Academy for Healthcare Science is now inviting healthcare scientists who would like to undertake the PTP equivalence process to complete an Expression of Interest
Once this information has been collated from the Academy, those who have expressed an interest will be invited in groups to develop and submit their equivalence portfolio using a phased approach. Find out more on the Academy website. 

In other news

  • The NHS Confederation is continuing its project to enhance board and executive support for healthcare science across the NHS with an event that took place on 24 September in Central London. Find out more on their website. 
  • Call for shared learning - are you successfully using the new coding classifications in ESR, delivering scientific services differently or have strong engagement with your board in relation to MSC? If so we would like to hear from you. From podcasts, to Prezi's and written examples, we would like to work with you to capture your local MSC progress. Drop an email with an outline of your activity. 
  • The East of England Healthcare Science Conference takes place on the 12 November in Stansted, Essex. 'Patient-centred Healthcare Science' will be held jointly by Anglia Ruskin University and NHS Health Education East of England. Key speakers include Professor Sue Hill, OBE, Chief Scientific Officer, Vivienne Parry, OBE and Dr Chris Gibson from the National School of Healthcare Science. If you would like to find out more about developments in healthcare science and emerging service developments that will enhance patient care then visit and select conferences and events

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