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Prof. Catherine Ross, Chief Scientific Officer – Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has today published a paper which defines the Strategic Approach it will take to Healthcare Science.

On Thursday 7 March the Minister for Public Health and Women’s Health, Jenni Minto MSP, announced to the Scottish Parliament that the Scottish Government will publish a paper which defines the strategic approach that it will take to develop healthcare science in Scotland – helping to improve the visibility and understanding of the profession and the positive impact it has on patient outcomes.

The paper has now been published on the Scottish Government website, coinciding with an award ceremony recognising healthcare scientists in Scotland which was hosted by the Chief Scientific Officer, Professor Catherine Ross.

Speaking about the publication, Professor Ross said:

“I am delighted to see the publication of this paper, which will act as an anchor to all of our future work within healthcare science in Scotland.

It makes absolutely clear the ambition to see healthcare scientists as leaders both within clinical services and within the wider NHS Scotland system.

We know the impact that our scientific workforce has on patient outcomes, so it is important that we foster the conditions to allow leaders to develop. This paper sets the groundwork for how we will achieve that, and demonstrates the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to the profession, our workforce and improving patient outcomes through science and scientific leadership.”

You can read the ‘Healthcare Science in Scotland: Defining Our Strategic Approach’ paper here: https://www.gov.scot/isbn/9781835219560

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