Committees & Support Network

Regulation Board

Regulation Board is part of the new AHCS Governance structure supporting the Regulatory Framework. It has oversight of the Registration Councils and directories, will receive and respond to any appeals and equivalence complaints. Fitness to Practise decisions rest at Registration Council level via the Panels and Rules.

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Professional Bodies Council

The Professional Bodies Council is chaired by the AHCS President and is the body providing one clear voice on strategy and policy issues that affect the whole of the Health Care Science (HCS) professions.  The Professional Bodies Council develop strong communication networks and professional dialogues across the professional bodies and provides a forum for discussion on emerging issues. Read more…


In 2016, the AHCS awarded its first Honorary Fellowships to 27 individuals who contributed significantly to the formation, development, running or ideals and standards of the AHCS or  who had contributed significantly to the promotion and development of key aspects of healthcare science in the UK in any of the four nations.  Our Fellows act as ambassadors for healthcare science and can be called upon to consider, debate and feedback on important issues for the Professional Council. Read more…

Professional Group Leads

Each of the following areas of healthcare science has its own professional group:

  • Physiological Sciences (including Cardiac, Vascular, Gastrointestinal, Urodynamic, Critical Care, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences)
  • Neurosensory Sciences (including Neurophysiology, Audiology and Ophthalmic & Vision science)
  • Genomics
  • Blood Sciences (including Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology and Transfusion Science, Clinical Immunology and Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics)
  • Cellular Sciences (including Histopathology, Cytopathology and Reproductive Science)
  • Infection Sciences (including Clinical Microbiology)
  • Medical Physics (including Medical Physics, Clinical Pharmaceutical science, and Clinical Photography)
  • Clinical Engineering (including Rehabilitation Engineering and Reconstructive Science)
  • Clinical Bioinformatics (including Health Informatics Science and Bioinformatics for the Physical Sciences)

Professional Group Leads (PGL’s) are responsible for providing leadership in one of the above professional groups, maintaining education, training and professional standards in Healthcare Science for the benefit of patients, carers and the public.  PGL’s are able to represent the AHCS at key scientific meetings, exhibitions and other healthcare science related events.  PGL’s are accountable to the Education, Training and Professional Standards Committee (ETPSC).

Our Professional Group Leads are:

Life Sciences/Cellular – vacancy

Elaine Gribben – Physiological Sciences (including Cardiac, Vascular, Gastrointestinal, Urodynamic, Critical Care, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences)

I began my working life in NHS hospital laboratories, initially in Haematology at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow, and latterly in Medical Genetics at The Duncan Guthrie Institute of Medical Genetics, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow.

After leaving the NHS I graduated as a mature student from the University of Paisley with an Honours degree (1st class) in Biomedical Science and thereafter completed my PhD in respiratory pharmacology at Glasgow Caledonian University.

I have been a member of the teaching team within the Department of Life Sciences, School of Health and Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University since 2002 and have been the Programme Lead for the BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology here since its inception in 2009.  I am also a member of the NHS Education Scotland Healthcare Science Advisory Group.

Mr. Jasdip Singh Mangat, BEng, MSc, CEng, CSci, MIPEM – Physical Sciences/Clinical Engineering (including Rehabilitation Engineering and Reconstructive Science)

Jasdip (Jay) is currently the head of Clinical Engineering at the University Hospitals of Leicester. Jay has held numerous professional roles during his career as a clinical scientist, most notably chairing the IPEM Clinical Engineering Specialist Interest group.

More recently, Jay has contributed to the development of the curriculum for Healthcare Science Apprenticeships, in the field of Clinical Engineering.

Dr W. Philip M. Mayles – Medical Physics (including Medical Physics, Clinical Pharmaceutical science, and Clinical Photography)

Philip Mayles was Head of Physics at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre from 1994 to 2014. During this time he led the development of a number of advanced radiotherapy techniques. Together with Alan Nahum and Jean-Claude Rosenwald he edited the Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics.  He teaches on the University of Liverpool MSc in Clinical Science (Medical Physics).

Alison Taylor-Beadling – Life Sciences/Genomics

Alison Taylor-Beadling is a Principal Clinical Scientist in the North East Thames Regional Genetics Laboratory, Great Ormond Street Hospital. Upon completion of her MSc in Medical Genetics, Alison undertook clinical scientist training at the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. In 2001 Alison moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital and obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2011.

Alison has a strong interest in education and training and is the National Training Lead for the UK Genetics laboratories, the Professional lead for Genetics at AHCS and has recently been appointed as co-chair of the Association for Clinical Genomics Science (ACGS) work force development committee. Alison is also involved in training at local level and has been a long standing member of the London Healthcare Scientist workforce development committee and was a founding member of the HSEWG at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Dr Jan Taylor: Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics)

I am a Clinical Scientist in Bioinformatics, based in The Haematological Malignancy Diagnosis Service (HMDS) at Leeds Cancer Centre in St James Hospital, Leeds. I spent many years as a research scientist in the field of multivariate statistics and machine learning in plant and agricultural sciences, before moving to the Paterson Institute in Manchester to work on genetic signatures in solid tumours. From there I became a Bioinformatics training officer at NGRL at St Marys Hospital, Manchester where I helped develop and deliver the MSc in Clinical Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester.

I have been at St James Hospital since 2014, where I gained my Clinical Scientist registration through equivalence. I maintain an interest in training and education by contributing to the OSFA examination process. I’m also a student in the first cohort of Bioinformaticans in the HSST programme.

Ross Sadler – Life Science/Blood Sciences

Ross Sadler is a consultant clinical scientist and clinical lead for laboratory immunology at the oxford university hospitals foundation NHS trust.  Following completion of his PhD in 2006, Ross joined the OUH immunology team as an original grade A clinical scientist trainee and reached consultant status in 2016.

Ross is heavily involved with the immunology professional group and has been part of the STP OSFA process for immunology since their creation.  He holds senior lecturer posts with both Oxford University and Oxford Brookes.  His work with Oxford Brookes has led to the creation of a graduate internship programme between the hospital and the university that has allowed multiple biomedical science graduates to be given the opportunity to obtain practical experience and gain state registration as a biomedical scientist.

Ross holds various other posts such as HCPC panel member and Keele pathology benchmarking specialist panel member.

Kirsty Dodgson -Life Sciences/Infection Sciences (including Clinical Microbiology)

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