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Modernising Scientific Careers shortlisted for 2013 Healthcare Innovation award

The Guardian have just announced the shortlist for their 2013 Healthcare Innovation Awards – with the  Modernising Scientific Careers programme shortlisted for the ‘Workforce Innovation’ category

The Awards entry highlighted the fact that Modernising Scientific Careers introduced a single coherent career, training & education framework across the whole of the Healthcare Science (HCS) workforce for the first time, inclusive of support staff through to Consultant Clinical Scientists.  This was a substantial step forward for the 50,000 Healthcare Scientists in the NHS who are an often overlooked staff group that historically had different, ad hoc training arrangements for each of the 45 plus scientific professions.

The entry demonstrated how the MSC framework facilitates movement between HCS workforce groups, potentially enabling appropriate support staff to train through to consultant scientist, encourages lateral movement into different Healthcare Science specialties resulting in more flexible and patient/employer focused scientists and supports the recognition of previous scientific experience, training and qualifications, thereby ensuring better value for money of educational resources.

The panel of judges for the awards includes Dean Royles, chief executive of NHS Employers, Chris Hopson, chief executive of the Foundation Trust Network, and Dame Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 24 October 2013 in London.


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