A local project with national ambition for healthcare scientists

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Healthcare Scientists from around the country are invited to join a webinar on 17th November that aims to bring together the community to help shape the future of healthcare research.

The North West has a very well established and connected infrastructure for healthcare scientists. There are a number of organisations currently working together to enable healthcare scientists to get involved with research projects, and two of these have recently completed a study that could have positive implications on the way the NHS does research. And they want to share details of this and elicit ideas about the next steps from healthcare scientists across England.

Earlier this year, the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) and TRUSTECH, the North West NHS Innovation Service, carried out a survey of healthcare scientists based in the North West to garner an understanding about the levels of research activity, centres of excellence and key players and influencers.

The project was commissioned by Health Education North West to develop and expand research and innovation activity within the healthcare science community, which they intend to do through a funded secondment programme plus other initiatives. This is the next step and the part where healthcare scientists from all around the country come into the equation.

The survey results provide a snapshot of the region and will be used to begin to shape the secondment programme for the North West. MAHSE and TRUSTECH will be hosting a webinar on 17th November to talk about the results and, more importantly, the idea of enlisting healthcare scientists to become involved with the project and help to determine how the secondment programme should operate. Both organisations are fully aware that the NHS has healthcare scientist expertise in all parts of the country and therefore are inviting the whole workforce to get involved at this early stage.

NHS England’s Chief Scientific Officer has shown support for this piece of work and Deputy Scientific Officer, Fiona Carragher, will be online for the webinar, providing an introduction and talking about how it aligns with national priorities.

Phil Padfield, Director of MAHSE, said: “This ‘crowd-sourced’ approach will mean that the programme will be developed by healthcare scientists for healthcare scientists. We want to provide an opportunity for everyone working in this field to have their say and also to encourage a wider conversation across the country. One of our key aims is to use this project as a stepping-stone to enable similar activities in other regions.”

The webinar will take place on Tuesday 17th November 2015 at 1pm and will last for approximately 30 minutes. Please register by visiting: https://mahse-webinar.eventbrite.com


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