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Healthcare science Notice Board <17>

Summer 2018. In this edition we outline arrangements for Expressions of Interest – 2019 Clinical Scientist traineeships; clinical physiology support 2019; a note of our Advisory Group June 2018 – actions and membership; Annual Review of Competency Progression; the November AHCS Study day; our trainees Annual Survey; Bursary outcomes; quality monitoring matters; CPD, TURAS Learn and our ambition to develop e-learning resources for Healthcare Science; the new NES HCS Team and our Postgrads event in 2019.


Expressions of interest – clinicals scientist trainees 2019

Expressions of interest are invited from training schemes and service for 2019 intake supernumerary clinical scientist trainees. Expressions of interest should be via the template spreadsheet at

Contribution from service towards STP costs is required where this is the preferred pathway. Stage 1 deadline 17th August; Stage 2 deadline 17th September 2018.


NES support for clinical physiologist practitioner intake 2019

As in previous years, NES Healthcare Science anticipates making available a contribution to year 1 costs towards a new clinical physiology practitioner trainee attending Scottish programmes. The next intake that will be supported commences September 2019, with an anticipated one-off contribution of £6000 in financial year 2019-20. Service is strongly encouraged to explore running a trainee for 2019 Expressions of interest  Details at:


Advisory Group June 2018 – actions and membership

Our Healthcare science Advisory Group met in June 2018; minutes of the meeting are at /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/all-healthcare-science/advisory-group/healthcare-science-advisory-group-8th-june-2018.aspx

Actions arising from the meeting included some form of impact report of our CPD activities; refinement of our Annual Review of Competency Progression monitoring; a CPD listing; improved definition of our trainer community. A key action is the replacement for Advisory Group members whose term is complete. We are seeking to replace:

1 workforce rep

1 clinical physiology rep

1 clinical technology rep

1 HEI rep, physical sciences

1 HEI rep, life sciences

1 Small occupational groups rep


Annual review of Progression monitoring (ARCP)

NES Healthcare Science Principal Leads will shortly be in contact with National Training Number holders regarding our Annual Review of Progression monitoring. This is an important part of our quality monitoring role and for 2018 has been extended beyond postgraduate scientists to include practitioner-level trainees such as clinical physiologist and clinical technologist pre-registrants. ARCP outcomes are recorded on the TURAS Training Programme Management system. 

ARCP information is contained at  NES Principal Leads will be in contact later in the summer.


AHCS Annual Study Day, Nov 2018 - Glasgow

The Academy for Healthcare Science will be running its second study day in Scotland. Provisional date is 9th November 2018 – Venue: The Studio, by Central Station.  Details will be posted at


Annual Survey(s)

We anticipate a short survey of trainees and supervisors in the Autumn of 2018. Further information will be posted shortly.


2018 Postgraduate Scientist Bursary Outcomes

31 Postgraduate awards have been made from an applicant field of nearly 60. All successful applicants were Biomedical Scientists, with almost no applications received from outwith this group. Recipients will now be issued with national training numbers.

We anticipate our next round of postgraduate support will be in in Spring 2019.


NTNs and Practitioners

Clinical physiologists, clinical technologists and other healthcare science practitioner-level staff in training will now receive National Training Numbers and will be included in our quality monitoring process. If you are supporting such trainees, then please do contact us at


QA Matters – Yes! It really does. ARCPs, self-assessment and trainers.

Our first year of Annual Review of Competency Progression monitoring as yielded an engagement of 80% of over 100 eligible trainees. The responses have revealed pockets of concern that, broadly, appear to be a function of time-to-train competing with demand on services. Departments with newly identified trainees and which are not registered with us will be contacted by us to begin self-assessment. This is a relatively light-touch exercise. With around 100 departments and units with postgraduate scientist trainees now registered, it is highly likely that those new ones we become aware of will be able to refer to existing self-assessment documents for proximal departments in their Board. Our team of Principal Leads are ready to assist with this process.

Likewise, we will be refining the register we hold of healthcare science supervisors and trainers as these are associated with our trainees recorded on the TURAS Training Programme Management system.


TURAS Learn: e-learning

TURAS Learn:  is a multi-profession repository for learning material. At present there is no Healthcare Science specific content posted on it, but there is an abundance of generic material. We are exploring the possibility of facilitating e-learning content on TURAS Learn.

At this stage, we would be interested in hearing from HCS colleagues who have learning materials – perhaps in the form of a PowerPoint slide show – that they believe may have wider appeal. The team at NES intends to explore converting such material into e-learning content. Whilst we are considering the governance and processes to support this, we need some basic demonstrator content. Contact us at

Of note is a new learning resource on the QI Zone of TURAS Learn: Measurement for Improvement


Our mailing list

Following the GDPR implementation, we would encourage recent trainees and NHS recruits in healthcare science to join our Mail Chimp mailing list. Please email  to be included. Our list is used occasionally for NES Healthcare Science alerts like this HCS Noticeboard; it is not shared with third parties.


CPD and Face to face courses Autumn 2018

We anticipate alerting colleagues soon to our face-to-face courses for the Autumn series.

We have compiled a short document signposting CPD opportunities aligned with the Common Core List. This signposting will be reviewed from time-to-time; we welcome ideas for additional content to the document


Digital e-health leadership programme Cohort 11

The NMaHP Digital Health and Care Leadership Programme led by NHS Education for Scotland, supports ambitious, experienced nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, TEC leads and healthcare scientists to influence eHealth and demonstrate innovation and creativity in leading change for the benefit of patients. Specifically, the Programme aims to maximise the potential of digital solutions to benefit service users and support participants to develop the strategic leadership skills required to influence the use of digital solutions in health and care delivery

The Programme has recently evolved to reflect Scotland's Digital Health and Care Strategy - Enabling, Connecting and Empowering (Scottish Government, 2018). Details at   Closing date 8th Aug 2018


Scottish Government Healthcare Science Innovation Fund

This year’s HCS Innovation Fund of £75,000 is now open for applications that test and develop innovative ideas aligned to the HCS National Delivery Plan ( Funding requests up to £75,000 will be considered, but requests for smaller amounts will be received more favourably to allow a range of projects to be supported. Applicants must demonstrate how their project will directly benefit patients. Please submit applications to the National HCS group via Julie Townsend  Details at:     Closing date 13th Aug 2018


NES Healthcare Science Team as at July 2018

The NES Healthcare Science Team has been reconfigured to lead specific areas of our activity. Much of the work relates to our quality monitoring and CPD role. Our core team is

Dr Robert Farley - Healthcare Science Programme Director

Charlie Brownlee - Management Accountant

Leanne Neil - Finance analyst

Melissa Leitch Principal Lead (Scientists)

Andrew Davie  Principal Lead (CPD)

Claire Cameron Principal Lead (Practitioners)

Dr Lorna Crawford Principal Lead (Accreditation)

Simon Petrie  Business support 



Trainees event  1st Feb 2019  Edinburgh, venue TBC.

Our next postgraduate scientist trainee/supervisor event is to be recast as a trainees’ and supervisors’ event to reflect the community of practitioner-level trainees that we are now monitoring, and in some cases supporting. The purpose of the event is to highlight good practice in supporting work-based healthcare scientist trainees. 

Planning for this event is about to commence. Ideas for content or improvement are always welcome. Please email them to the team at