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Healthcare Science Notice Board <8>Autumn2014

Edition 8 of Healthcare Science Notice Board covers events, postgraduate development, Academy for Healthcare Science and Scottish Government matters. This bulletin is structured both as a webpage on the NES HCS website and as a PDF.


Edition 8 of Healthcare Science Notice Board gives a summary of developments covering future national events, NES programmes and courses, our work with the Academy for Healthcare Science, Scottish Government appointments. This bulletin is structured both as a webpage on the NES HCS website and as a PDF.


Healthcare Science Four Country Event Nov 21st 2014.

Limited places are available to participate in our four UK countries event “Healthcare Science Leadership and Clinical Outcomes”. Target audience is senior healthcare scientists and non-healthcare science managers / directors with a remit for the service. Venue: Royal Society of Edinburgh – details: 


Postgraduate Scientist Trainee Event Jan 23rd 2015.

Planning is underway for our third annual postgraduate scientist trainee event. Previously we have extended an invitation to trainees who hold a NES National Training Number. NTN Holders have already been contacted. This year we would like to offer places to those undertaking Healthcare Science postgraduate development, but who are not on our register. Please contact to register a note of interest and obtain a booking link.


Venue: Royal Society of Edinburgh


National HCS National Events.

Hold-the-date: June 19th 2015. Further information about the next annual event’s content will be made available in the new year. Planning for this will be led by NHS Board HCS Leads. Ideas for content are always welcome. Post them to with “2015 National Event” in the subject line.

Venue: COSLA, Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh.


2014 national event – A full summary of presentations, programme and award winners at our 2014 event is held at



Healthcare Science Postgraduate Scientist development.

Postgraduate Scientist 2014 Awards.

We are supporting 35 bids from 45 applications in 2014. These postgraduate trainees are included on NES Postgraduate Scientist trainee register, which current stands at about 150 individuals across the three strands of Healthcare Science. The 2015 award scheme will be advised in early 2015.


Postgraduate Scientist Trainee Survey

Our annual NES survey of 170 healthcare science postgraduate trainees and 80 supervisors is underway and closes on 7th November 2014. Those contacted are strongly encouraged to complete the survey. Findings will be reported in our next update.


Clinical Scientist pre-registration intake 2014.

23 supernumerary trainees have been appointed in 2014. The cohort includes 7 Clinical Physiology trainees among 14 commencing their Scientist Training Programme, “STP”, pathway. Training includes a distance Master’s in clinical science. The needs of this STP cohort have stimulated a shared approach across departments in order to accommodate rotations and acquaintanceships. In other disciplines, our trainees are following local training that culminates in an individual application to the Academy for Healthcare Science - for recognition by ‘equivalence’ of their development.

Some supervisors and trainees using STP have recently attended the National School for Healthcare Science in Birmingham to learn about new format of training and the NSHCS’s Online Learning Assessment Tool (OLAT). NES has advised the School of its Scottish trainees so as to avoid over-estimates by HEE of the number of its own trainees.


Clinical Scientist pre-registration intake 2015. EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

We expect to begin identifying supernumerary training posts in early 2015.

Expressions of interest are invited from service wishing to take Clinical Scientist supernumerary support: citing rationale, ability to support the trainees and likelihood of run-through employment in NHS Scotland. Contact


2015 Support for STP (Clinical Scientist) equivalence applications.

In 2014 we ran two rounds of support for postgraduate-level staff seeking equivalence recognition via the Academy for Healthcare Science of their experience and training. We anticipate the first successful completions will be early in 2015. We intend to offer similar support in 2015. Expressions of interest are now sought. Contact


Clinical Physiology Practitioner Training Update.

Previously, edition <7> /education-and-training/by-discipline/healthcare-science/all-healthcare-science/publications/healthcare-science-notice-board-7-spring2014.aspx we outlined the suspension of the 2014 intake to the Glasgow Caledonian University’s NHS undergraduate trainee clinical physiologist programme, with resumption expected in September 2015. 

Clinical Physiologist Practitioner 2015. EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

At this stage, we are now inviting expressions of interest from service considering NHS trainee appointments in audiology, neurophysiology, cardiac physiology and respiratory physiology. Previously NES has contributed to year 1 costs for pre-registration NHS trainees; we intend to do so again. Contact


Clinical Technologist Practitioner Training Update.

In 2014 NES is sponsoring a cohort of 9 supernumerary Clinical Technologists to train in those specialties mainly associated with ionising radiation. The cohort is covered by a service level agreement between NES and Greater Glasgow and Clyde; the Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering is managing the trainees who are distributed around Scotland. The initiative is in response to workforce pressures in this group, and the wider impact of future radiotherapy services in central Scotland.

Trainees are undergoing a 2 year work-based programme intended to allow admission to an appropriate register. Appointments are expected later in 2014.


NES HCS Courses.

Our 2014 Early Career and Refreshing Leadership programmes have now commenced. Places remain on our Train-the-Trainer programmes. Details of all are available from:

Notes of interest in further programmes in your locale should be sent to


Academy for Healthcare Science matters.

Mapping of Scottish training arrangements.

NES commissioned the Academy to investigate the correspondence between Modernising Scientific Careers curricula and Scottish training arrangements. The report highlights similarity at specialty level for the programmes investigated, but with some variation in generic content. The report is available at

AHCS Vox Newsletter

The Academy for Healthcare Science newsletter, October 2014, references the NES –AHS mapping work. Colleagues can register with AHCS for its Vox updates at

AHCS Online Register

The Academy has now opened its Register for components of the healthcare science workforce including Anatomical Pathology Technologists, Genetic Technologists, Ophthalmic Science Practitioners and Tissue Bank Technologists. Information about AHCS’s register is at



Scottish Government matters.

Karen Stewart has been appointed Healthcare Science Officer, seconded to the Scottish Government, working with Jacqui Lunday Johnstone, Chief Health Professions Officer. Karen has begun meeting colleagues around Scotland and is leading on the publication of the Government’s National Delivery Plan for Healthcare Science. Karen has 24 years of NHS experience as a Biomedical Scientist for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). Karen writes:

“This is a very exciting time for Healthcare Scientists (HCS) in Scotland, with the launch of the ‘National Delivery Plan for Healthcare Science Professionals in Scotland 2014-2017,, with the consultation closed on the 30th September 2014. My role is to very much work in collaboration with HCS Leads across the Health Boards to implement the recommendations from the National Delivery Plan and develop effective performance measures for healthcare science, in order to create transformation strategy with effective leaders that can accelerate change and achieve their goals”.

The draft National Delivery Plan emphasises healthcare science leadership, referencing the 20:20 Workforce Vision, Unscheduled Care, Demand Management and Seven-day services. Publication is anticipated early in 2015.

Karen can be contacted at

Mike Gray, NHS Lothian Laboratory Service, is seconded to Scottish Government as life scieneces lead. Further Scottish Government secondment posts are currently being recruited, covering physical sciences and clinical physiology.


As at October 2014.

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