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July 2015 version of Vox – The AHCS newsletter is now available

The July 2015 edition of Vox – The AHCS newsletter is now available

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Vox: July 2015

Welcome to Vox – The newsletter bringing the latest information and updates from the Academy for Healthcare Science, together with news from across the Healthcare Science profession.


Professional bodies come together for Academy Professional Council

The next meeting of the Academy for Healthcare Science Professional Council will be held on 21 July from 10:30-1pm at 12 Coldbath Square, London EC1R 5HL

This meeting will be a significant moment in time for the Academy and our ‘one clear voice’ work. Given the extent of changes within the health service and the ongoing pressures around service reform it will be important to secure the support of all the organisations across Healthcare Science, so that the profession can find innovative ways of being able to undertake activity. If we can get this right and secure effective joint working this will generate more opportunities to have an impact. For more information contact 


Help to map the communication networks across the profession

The AHCS is asking professional bodies, organisations and networks across Healthcare Science to complete a short survey about their communications channels to map the extent of these networks and communications what should be done to strengthen the existing communications and the connections between organisations.

Please share this amongst your professional networks and encourage fellow scientists to take the 2 minutes to complete the survey so we can get as full a picture as possible.


HCPC grants Academy formal approval for STP Clinical Bioinformatics course

The Academy for Healthcare Science has received ongoing approval from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the Certificate of Attainment and Certificate of Equivalence with respect to the Scientist Training Programme (STP) in Clinical Bioinformatics.

Standards of Proficiency agreed for Higher Specialist Scientist Register

‘The Academy Regulation Council, chaired by Patricia Le Rolland, approved the new Higher Specialist Scientist Register Standards of Proficiency (SOPs) at its July meeting. This clears the way for the Academy to apply to PSA to open a new part of its Accredited Register for Higher Specialist Scientists.

Details of the Academy Regulation Council, including membership, agenda and minutes for the meetings of the Regulation Council are available through the Academy website. The minutes of the April 2015 meeting will also be publicly available shortly.

An interview with Academy president Dr Brendan Cooper

Find out more about respiratory Physiologist Dr Brendan Cooper, the inaugural President of the AHCS, with an interview in which he sets out his vision for the Healthcare Science profession, the role the Academy should play in this and details of the career path that has brought him to this point.

AHCS statement on the consequences of NHS 7 day working 

The AHCS has issued a statement on the issues around hospital 7 day working, supporting the principle as clearly benefiting patient care but warning that without additional support for diagnostics and pathology the proposed weekend measure is unlikely to achieve all the outcomes that the Government hopes.


2015 AHCS Congress to be held in Edinburgh in December

Hold the date for the second Academy for Healthcare Science Congress, which will be held in Edinburgh on 7 December 2015, with an awards ceremony and dinner on the evening of 6 December.


From around Healthcare Science


AHCS secures free Expo places for Healthcare Scientists

The Academy for Healthcare Science has secured free places for Healthcare Scientists to attend NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester on 2-3 September 2015.
To claim your free place go to the Expo registration page and use the discount code PROVEXP2 to discount the usual cost for NHS participants of £180 for the 2 days.


Clinical Scientist leads list of first NHS Innovation Accelerator fellows

Genomic Clinical Scientist Andrea Howarth has led the list of the first 17 fellows under the NHS Innovation Accelerator Programme for her work developing genome analytics software SAPIENTIA which helps identify pathogenic mutations likely to cause of a patient’s inherited disease.


£1.5 million available to support development of new health innovations

The Health Foundation is offering £1.5 million of funding for up to 20 teams to test and develop innovative ideas to improve health care delivery in the UKApply by 4 August.


Report sets out the potential and issues around the use of microbial genomics in the fight against infectious disease

Health policy think tank The PHG Foundation  has published a report Pathogen Genomics Into Practice which assesses the potential of microbial genomics on public health and health services  – but warns of barriers that could delay the health benefits for patients.


Come forward with examples of community and extended Healthcare Science services

The CSO Team in England are asking for information and case studies to set out the breadth of Healthcare Science activity and the services currently outside hospital settings – particularly those working with GPs, Ambulance Services or in extended community roles.


Strategic Cardiac Physiology Review report published

The joint review into cardiac physiology services in England by the SCST (Society for Cardiological Science and Technology) and the BCS (British Cardiovascular Society) has been published, setting out 12 recommendations to transform services and patients’ experience of cardiovascular disease care.


Healthcare Scientists recognised in Queens Birthday Honours 

Congratulations to the four Healthcare Scientists across the UK who were recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours for their tireless work in promoting the profession and its work supporting improved care and outcomes for patients.


Scottish national Healthcare Science conference looks to the future

2015 Scottish Healthcare Science National Conference NDP 2015 – Contribution is Key looked to future, setting out the action to deliver the five-year National Delivery Plan for Healthcare Science that was published in March.


Develop a clinical academic career through HEE/NIHR Research and Innovation fellowships

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Health Education England (HEE) have updated the information about their Integrated Clinical Academic Programme, which supports Healthcare Scientists and other non-medical professions to develop a research element to their careers.

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