Webinar | Office of the Chief Scientific Officer: COVID-19 Variants of Concern

Join the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer on the upcoming webinar for all healthcare science staff on Friday 26th February 2021 from 16:30 – 17:30.

This month’s webinar will focus on the different COVID-19 variants and the implications of new variants on vaccination, testing and the overall spread of the virus.

The Office of the Chief Scientific Officer will also launch 2021 Healthcare Science Awards.

The webinar will be co-hosted by the Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer for England, Angela Douglas MBE, Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, and Melanie Smith Scientific Advisor, COVID-19 Technical Validation, Department of Health and Social Care.

The webinar will end with a Q&A session. We will be taking questions in advance of the webinar so please submit any questions you may have to england.cso@nhs.net by end of day Wednesday 24th February 2021.

Webinar hosts:

Professor Dame Sue Hill is the Chief Scientific Officer for England providing expert clinical scientific advice across the health system and head of profession for the healthcare science workforce in the NHS and associated bodies. She is a respiratory scientist by background with an international academic and clinical research reputation.

Angela Douglas MBE is the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for England. A Consultant Clinical Scientist by background, Angela has worked in the NHS for over 38 years. She has previously worked as the Scientific Director of the Cheshire and Merseyside Genetics Service and led the North West Coast GMC delivering the 100,000 Genome Project.

Melanie Smith is Scientific Advisor, COVID-19 Technical Validation, Public Health England. Melanie has worked in clinical, public health and industry laboratories for more than 20 years. she is involved in the COVID-19 laboratory work to build capacity, promote quality and develop national guidance and policies.

Instructions on joining the webinar:

This webinar will be hosted on Microsoft Teams as a live event and can be accessed using the following Joining Link.

  1. Please open the Joining Link using Google Chrome
  2. Select the option to ‘watch on the web instead’
  3. You can sign in your details, or join anonymously to access the webinar
  4. There will be a hold screen stating that ‘this event has not started yet’ The webinar is due to commence at 16:30.