Angela Douglas appointed to the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer post

Angela is a Consultant Clinical Scientist, and has worked in the NHS in Genetics for over 38 years, having worked at Liverpool Women’s Hospital for the past 22 years. She is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy for Healthcare Science.  She has worked as the Scientific Director of the Cheshire and Merseyside Genetics Service, at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, for 10 years, where she was the Organisational Lead Healthcare Scientist, and more recently led the NW Coast GMC delivering the 100,000 Genome Project as the Clinical Programme Director.

In 2012, Angela was nominated as President of the British Society for Genetic Medicine, having previously been the Chairman of the ACC and the ACGS. Angela was a member of the working groups (Service Delivery, Innovation and Bioinformatics) of the Human Genomics Strategy Group (HGSG) that provided the evidence and recommendations for the Department of Health’s Genomics Review in 2012, and continues to work with the group to ensure their recommendations are delivered. Angela is a member of the Genomics England Rare Diseases Working Group and advises on the development of Protocols for the Project.  Angela is a member of the Department of Health’s UK Rare Disease Advisory Group, and has just completed a term of office as Chair of the RCPath Genetics and Reproductive Medicine Scientific Advisory Committee and was the RCPath Scientific Workforce Lead. After having chaired the Cheshire and Merseyside HCS Network for 10 years, Angela was appointed as the NW Lead Scientist and works with NHS England, HEE, the AHSNs and the AHCS, supporting Healthcare Science disciplines, including Genetics and Bioinformatics across the NW.  Angela was previously seconded to a National role to ensure safe and sustainable Healthcare Science Diagnostic Services across England as a Specialist Advisor to the office of the CSO at NHS England.

In 2014, Angela was named in the HSJ as one of UKs top 50 Inspirational Women Leaders, in 2015 was awarded Healthcare Scientist of the Year by NHS England, and in 2016 was honoured in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for Research and Mentoring Students.

Angela has agreed to a phased start; working for NHS England part time from late January (pending the appointment process) with a plan to move to full time early in the new financial year.

The President of AHCS  is delighted to see one of our Academy Honorary Fellows in the new Deputy Chief Scientific Officer post, and commented; “ I have worked with Angela for many years on a variety of healthcare scientist issues and have always found her to be a strong supporter of One Voice and raising the profile and influence of healthcare scientists across the North-West and throughout England.  I wish her every success in her new role and look forward to working together on key healthcare science issues into the future.”