Committees & Support Network
The core objective of the Council is protecting the public by mitigating the risks posed to service users/the public by the Healthcare Science workforce that is not regulated by statute. These risks arise because of the highly specialised, scientific nature of diagnosis, investigations and treatment provided by the Healthcare Science workforce and because of the potential impact on the health and wellbeing of service users if diagnoses, investigations and treatment provided by the Healthcare Science workforce are not of the highest possible standard. Read more…
Education, Training and Professional Standards Committee
The Education, Training & Professional Standards Committee (ETPC), chaired by Professor Barry Hirst, provides operational oversight of the equivalence, education, training, professional development and career progression work programmes of the Academy from a healthcare science and patient perspective. Read more…
The Professional 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 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)
- 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:
Andrew Usher – Life Sciences/Cellular (including Histopathology, Cytopathology and Reproductive Science)
I have over 30 years’ experience in histology and I am currently Laboratory Manager and Lead Biomedical Scientist for the Gloucestershire Cellular Pathology Laboratory, which is one of the largest in the South West.
I have been involved in the production of national policies and guidelines and have worked with the Welsh Assembly and regulators such as the Human Tissue Authority. I am an active member of my professional body and have a special interest in education and training
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.
Christine DePlacido – Physiological Sciences/Neurosensory (including Neurophysiology, Audiology and Ophthalmic & Vision science)
Dr. Christine DePlacido is a Senior Lecturer in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Prior to entering academia 12 year ago she was a Principal Clinical Scientist and Head of Services in NHS Fife, with 30 years of experience as a clinician in the NHS. She is also a qualified counsellor and Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser.
She has also held several professional body roles serving as Vice Chair, Hon Secretary and education and training secretary for BAAT, Programme Committee Chair (BSA) and Lead Editor of BSA News. She is currently Board Director for Education Accreditation and Registration, BAA.
She has a particular interest in Education and Training in the Health Sciences and sits on the AHCS Education Training and Professional Standards Committee and the Professional Group Lead and Professional Council Committees
She has also held several professional body roles serving as; Vice Chair, Hon.Secretary and Education and Training secretary for BAAT, Programme Committee Chair (BSA) and Lead Editor of BSA News, She is currently board director for Education Accreditation and Registration, BAA.
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.
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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