November: Healthcare Science Newsletter


07 / 11 / 2014

Our bi-monthly newsletter brings together the latest developments across Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) and other science related news. 

What's in the November edition:


Healthcare Science Education and Training - Explaining the Facts

Download an updated version of Healthcare Science Education and Training: Explaining the Facts, which includes the latest developments across Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC), providing up to date information across the modernisation programme.


2015 Advancing Healthcare Awards

The 2015 Advancing Healthcare Awards, launched by Chamberlain Dunn invite healthcare scientists and allied health professionals to demonstrate how leadership and local innovation is having a positive impact on patients' lives.

UK wide, these awards help to raise the profile of the fantastic work and projects led by individuals, that can sometimes goes unnoticed. This year NHS Employers is proud to sponsor the award for the 'Inspiring the workforce of the future'.

Find out more, including how to enter and get some inspiration from last years' winners and runners-up from our dedicated web pages.

Healthcare Science Week 2015

It's time to start thinking ahead to Healthcare Science Week 2015 (HCS Week 2015), which takes place from 13 - 22 March. HCS Week gives you an opportunity to educate and excite the scientific workforce of the future.

We will be promoting local events and activities taking place across the NHS via our calendar and the work that trusts do to make this yearly celebration a success. If you are on Twitter, don't forget to use the hashtag #HCSWeek2015 to share your news.

If you've already begun planning your activity, please drop an email to with a brief outline.


Safety, Quality and .... Science, 

In her latest blog,  Safety, Quality....and Science,  Janet Monkman, Chief Executive at the Academy for Healthcare Science shares her views on the scientific workforce and the impact they have on patient safety.  

New healthcare science audio resources

Find out how Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is developing their workforce using the practitioner and scientist training programmes; listen to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust talk about their early plans for Healthcare Science Week 2015, and the University of Leeds talk about their Practitioner Training Programme in neurosensory  - all available in audio clips recorded at our last share and learn network.


Healthcare science share and learn network

Our next healthcare science share and learn network meetings take place on the 10 February in London and the 18 February in Leeds.  The events provide you with an open forum to share local developments and to hear the national perspective on the Modernising Scientific Careers programme. If you are a lead scientist or involved in the planning of the healthcare science workforce, please join us in February for an informative day. Find out more and register your place.


Academy register for practitioners now open

The Academy for Healthcare Science has opened its practitioner register. There are three entry routes:

  1. graduate of accredited practitioner training programme courses
  2. a practitioner training programme certificate of equivalence
  3. a certificate of competence for the ex - voluntary registration council parts of the register

If you have staff who aren't sure which route they should follow, please ask them to contact More information can be found on the  Academy for Healthcare Science website.


Electronic Staff Record coding - have you got it right?

It's been almost a year since the new Electronic Staff Record (ESR) coding classifications were introduced. When used correctly, the codes can help employers both understand and manage their healthcare science workforce and teams. Information about the new method of classifying, including questions and answers and links to available guidance is available. Find out more


Higher Specialist Scientific Training in life sciences

A joint statement has been published which sets out the key features of the Higher Specialist Scientific Training (HSST) programme for life sciences.

It describes how the programme will be implemented through partnership working between the Royal College of Pathologists, the Health Education England MSC team, the National School of Healthcare Science and, where appropriate, the Academy for Healthcare Science. Read the joint statement.


Newsletters - have you signed up?

The National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) and the Academy for Healthcare Science both publish regular newsletters/e-bulletins, keeping you up to date with key developments.

In other news

  • The first cohort of higher specialist scientist training trainees have been recruited and are due to start their training shortly. The new cohort of 45, include three direct entry trainees.
  • Call for shared learning - we are always looking to capture examples where organisations are successfully delivering elements of MSC. What's your secret for training rotations that work, successful engagement with the board or improved patient care. Drop an email with a brief outline.
  • For advice and guidance on how to deal with sickness absence visit the NHS Employers Everything you need to know about sickness absence tool.
  • NHS has recently published Guidance on prevention and management of stress at work. Learn how to measure stress, manage it and understand how manager behaviours can impact on the health and wellbeing of staff.





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