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Healthcare Science Notice Board <7> Spring2014

Edition 7 of Healthcare Science Notice Board gives a summary of developments covering our national event, postgraduate development, new HCS CPD courses from NES, clinical physiology training and Accredited Voluntary Registration. This bulletin is structured both as a webpage on the NES HCS website and as a PDF.

Welcome.

Edition 7 of Healthcare Science Notice Board gives a summary of developments covering our national event, postgraduate development, new HCS CPD courses from NES, clinical physiology training and Accredited Voluntary Registration. This bulletin is structured both as a webpage on the NES HCS website and as a PDF.

 

Healthcare Science National Event June 23rd 2014.

Our Healthcare Science National Event is in Edinburgh at COSLA’s Verity House, Haymarket – next to the station and the trams. The event includes a patient perspective from Prostate Cancer Scotland, fascinating accounts drawn from the work of Healthcare Science colleagues and the experience of HCS networks in NHS England.  There are a range of workshops, including an update on the mapping exercise undertaken by the Academy of Healthcare Science on Scottish training arrangements, and The Chief Health Professions Officer’s 2014 Awards.  Colleagues are strongly encouraged to apply for these Awards as they are our Healthcare Science’s national platform to showcase excellence.

Programme details, the awards’ process and on-line booking is available from /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/all-healthcare-science/our-healthcare-science-workforce.aspx

Event registration closes 9th June 2014

 

Healthcare Science Postgraduate Scientist development.

Postgraduate Scientist 2014 Awards.

Applications for the 2014 round of support to in-service practitioners have now closed and are out for assessment. We have had 45 applications for NES support. Decisions are expected to be passed to candidates by the end of May 2014. Successful candidates will be included in NES Postgraduate Scientist trainee register, which current stands at about 150 individuals across the three strands of Healthcare Science.

Clinical Scientist pre-registration intake 2014.

Selection for most supernumerary posts is now complete, with 20 planned for 2014. This time the supernumerary cohort includes some Clinical Physiology disciplines who will train using the new Scientist Training Programme, “STP”, pathway. Training includes a distance Master’s degree and local rotations into allied areas.

Support for STP (Clinical Scientist) equivalence applications.

In parallel with the above, NES and the Academy for Healthcare Science are progressing a cohort of established in-service Biomedical Scientists and Clinical Physiologists who are the first in Scotland to be preparing portfolios for AHCS equivalence assessment against STP learning outcomes. 15 applicants have been accepted into this first round. Successful applicants undergo a viva and, if successful will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council as Clinical Scientist in addition to their existing professional registration. The exercise is part of our strategy to assist the development of a postgraduate pathway for in-service HCS staff and ensure articulation between the HCS practitioner and HCS scientist levels.

Round 2 of our support in 2014 is now open for in-service staff seeking STP equivalence. Further information about this scheme is posted at /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/all-healthcare-science/clinical-scientists.aspx  Closes 20th June 2014 Contact: Robert.Farley@nes.scot.nhs.uk

 

NES Healthcare Science Specific Courses 2014.

Booking for these courses is on NES Portal https://www.portal.scot.nhs.uk/

Early Career

A four day programme for newer staff over four months with 3 cohorts commencing Glasgow (29th Sept 2014), Edinburgh (26th Sept 2014) and Aberdeen (2nd Oct 2014).

Refreshing Leadership

A four day programme for more established staff, over four months with 3 cohorts commencing Glasgow (3rd Sept 2014); Edinburgh (5th Sept 2014); Aberdeen (9th Sept 2014).

These programmes have been redesigned to articulate. For both - further details at /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/all-healthcare-science/leadership-and-early-career-work.aspx

Train the Trainer

A one-day programme, offered in Glasgow (25th Sept 2014), Edinburgh (20th Aug 2014) and Dundee (27th Nov 2014).

HCS Trainees in difficulty

This programme is currently under development and will articulate with the existing train-the-trainer programme. Further details later in 2014.

For both – further details at /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/all-healthcare-science/trainers-and-assessors-support.aspx

Please contact us to consider a specific programme in your area.

 

Other Courses relevant to Healthcare Science.

Research Skills

A range of short courses on all  aspects of research methods, data handling, statistics etc from http://www.crts.org.uk/national/Courses.aspx

These excellent courses are offered around Scotland to NHS staff and are pitched at both early career staff and more established grades.

Portal courses

Covering Human Factors, Patient Safety and Leadership. https://www.portal.scot.nhs.uk/

Patient Safety

In 2013, NHS Education for Scotland's Patient Safety Multidisciplinary Group conducted a patient safety educational resources consultation and reviewed how over 300 stakeholders use patient safety stories to enhance patient safety and patient experiences.

The findings from this has been summarised at: /media/2514414/enhancing-the-patient-experience-via-storytelling20140121.pdf

 

Clinical Physiology Training Update.

Previously, edition <6> /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/all-healthcare-science/publications/healthcare-science-notice-board-6-feb2014.aspx outlined the suspension of 2014 intake to the Glasgow Caledonian University NHS undergraduate trainee clinical physiologist programme. An intake is expected to resume in 2015, with the intent that this should include audiology. Some NES CPD support is available for existing NHS trainees (years 2, 3 and 4) - see edition <6>. For 2014, Year 1 support has been veered to 7 STP posts - thereby introducing postgraduate entry to the profession. NES is grateful to those departments that have agreed to host these new trainees.

NES Healthcare Science is exploring with the Academy for Healthcare Science progression of a PTP “equivalence” route for Practitioner (graduate-level) HCS staff including those directly entering clinical physiology - perhaps as (unregistered) assistants or associates. PTP “equivalence” is analogous to current work with postgraduates seeking clinical scientist recognition. Graduates demonstrating PTP equivalence would be eligible to join the AHCS Accredited Voluntary Register - expected later in 2014. Clearly this is a significant possibility and service will want further information about the relative merits of the existing and new Registers. The AHCS has an FAQ about its Register at http://www.ahcs.ac.uk/about-us/about-the-academy-for-healthcare-science/registration-faqs/

 

Academy for Healthcare Science, Registration.

The AHCS is seeking to establish its Accredited Voluntary Register to cover groups in HCS not under statutory regulation, including Physiologists and Technologists. Practitioner staff who would like to test their eligibility to join the new Register can find information about this at: http://www.ahcs.ac.uk/2014/05/sign-up-to-the-ahcs-practitioner-register-new-leaflet/