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WISE fellowships now open to support development of female healthcare scientistst

Female NHS Healthcare Scientists in England are being encouraged to develop their skills through a unique fellowship programme as part of a joint initiative between the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer and WISE (the campaign to promote women in science, technology and engineering)

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Four fellowship places have been created and made available to mid-career Healthcare Scientists who wish to gain invaluable leadership experience and act as role models to inspire the next generation of female scientists.

The Fellowship will include a career development programme, which provides mentoring, support and communication and leadership skills training over twelve months.

Professor Sue Hill OBE, NHS Chief Scientific Officer for England, said the initiative, which has been launched on international women’s day was an opportunity to inspire the next generation of female science students and show the wide variety of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) based careers within the NHS.

She said:  “We have been working with WISE to launch this fellowship scheme and support the aim of getting one million more women working in the UK STEM workforce. The NHS Constitution makes it clear that a central principle of the health service is that it ‘operates at the limits of science’. It is particularly fitting to launch this new initiative on International Woman’s Day.”

The fellowship scheme is open to NHS Healthcare Scientists across England, full eligibility criteria and application forms are available on the WISE website. Applications close on April 15 2016 and the successful candidates will be announced in June 2016.


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