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2021 Chief Scientific Officer’s Excellence in Healthcare Science award winners

The 2021 Chief Scientific Officer’s Excellence in Healthcare Science Awards celebrated the tremendous contributions and achievements of the healthcare science workforce and the impact they have on patient outcomes, by championing inspiring case studies of quality improvement, innovative partnerships, and pioneering service delivery.

2021 Excellence in Healthcare Science Delivery Award

Winner – Audiology Services at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Highly Commended – Transfusion Laboratory services at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Implementation of advances in science and technology is the building block for delivering the healthcare science services of the future. This award recognises teams or individuals that are already successfully using advances in science and technology to improve the lives of patients, carers, and / or staff.


2021 Shirley Fletcher Apprenticeship Award

Winner – Francesca Preece at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Highly Commended – Manisha Perera at Royal Berkshire ​NHS Foundation Trust​

Highly Commended – Ummar Quin at East Sussex ​Healthcare NHS Trust​

At a time when the NHS is facing one of its biggest workforce challenges ever, apprenticeships are an important opportunity for employers to provide an effective means of developing the skills of their workforce to order to deliver a safe and efficient health service to their communities.

The judges will be looking for apprentices and apprenticeship developers or managers who have shown a passion and commitment for healthcare science, who have participated, developed, driven or managed schemes, demonstrating an ability to engage with learning whilst in employment, with a focus on patient-centred care and the contribution of science to health.


2021 Excellence in Healthcare Science Service Award

Winners – Kelly Hood and Heather Goodrum at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Collaborations and partnerships across industry, academia, research teams and the wider NHS services are critical for transforming services and improving outcomes and reducing costs. This category is focused on healthcare scientists who have undertaken ground-breaking translational scientific work and established strong collaborations for innovation in service to make a real difference in patient care.


2021 Excellence in Healthcare Science Workforce Transformation Award

Winners – Jane Lynch, Professor Martin Stout, Jennifer Green, and Wendy Gamlin at the National School of Healthcare Science

Highly Commended – Amina Mohammed at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

The workforce, how we educate, train and use their skills in innovative ways are vital in ensuring that healthcare scientists are able to work at the highest level and play their vital role in healthcare, reach their potential and do the best by patients.


2021 Excellence in Healthcare Science Research and Innovation Award

Winner – Professor David Brettle at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Highly Commended – Shahid Islam at the Bradford Institute for Health Research

Innovation in healthcare science services, delivery and the wider NHS are critical for transforming services, improving outcomes, and reducing costs. The category is focused on healthcare scientists who have undertaken ground-breaking translational scientific work and established strong collaborations for innovation and enterprise to make a real difference in patient care.


The 2021 CSO’s Rising Star Award

Winners – Emma Larne and Hannah Williams at Liverpool Clinical Laboratories

Highly Commended – Kate Fenna at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

​Highly Commended – Dr Ejay Nsugbe at the University of Bristol

​The calibre of individuals at the earlier stages of their careers in healthcare science has never been greater with training programmes continuing to attract some of the best and brightest into the NHS. Our judges are looking for individuals who are already performing highly in their given area and show signs of greater things to come. Credit will be given to those showing a clear vision and demonstrating the impact of their work.


The 2021 CSO’s Healthcare Scientists of the Year

Winner – Dr Kerrie Davies at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Winner – Melanie Smith at UKHSA

Last updated on 28th February 2022

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