The role of the Academy for Healthcare Science

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11 / 09 / 2014

The profile of healthcare science and its importance has been given a boost by a great article in the Health Service Journal 'The role of NHS scientists under the microscope'. The authors, Professor Malcolm Sperrin, Therese Crawley and Professor Berne Ferry, themselves eminent scientists, clearly state the case for the expansion and development of the roles of healthcare scientists.

The Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) is at the forefront of efforts to elevate this vital workforce from the notion of hidden research labs, to centre stage as the source of invention, innovation and technological advancement that is as much a part of transforming lives as medicine.

Through recognition, reputation and regulation, the Academy has been established to provide ‘one united voice’ for the whole profession.  Recognition – raising the profile of healthcare science and its practitioners so that is widely understood as central to successful care and treatment; Reputation – clarifying and promoting the role and impact of healthcare science and its innovations, as well as the establishment of a set of common values and standards to be upheld; and Regulation – proving an effective governance framework for the healthcare science workforce.

Science and technology have never been more integral to people’s lives, or more widely used. It’s time to ensure that the fantastic work of scientists and its contribution to the effectiveness of the NHS is clearly identified, understood and respected.  The AHCS is the overarching body for the whole profession and works with all of the professional bodies to provide safe effective care for patients.  Developing an effective register is a practical example of one area work where the Academy is seeking to ensure that all the profession is regulated and ultimately aim to have it recognised in the same way as doctors and nurses.’

The Academy’s Professional Scientific Leadership Committee will support the Academy in its ambitions, particularly around co-ordination, promotion, influencing national policy, implementing innovation and effective governance.  Its first goals are to secure dedicated time for professional activity, training and continuing professional development for scientists; clarification around scientific leadership in NHS Trusts and increased representation of healthcare scientists on NHS Boards.

All current and future healthcare scientists are invited to visit our website for more information on the Academy and its various strands of work including registration, equivalence and education and training.

Janet Monkman
Academy for Healthcare Science

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