HSST Monthly Memo (March 2023)

The HSST Monthly Memo includes the latest programme updates, events and key resources for HSST trainees and supervisors.

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Message from your HSST Training Programme Directors

Dr Lisa Ayers and Dr Owen Driskell

Your message this month is from Dr Lisa Ayers:

Welcome to the March HSST Monthly Memo. The month of March hosts several important events. Two weeks ago was International Women’s Day, an opportunity to reflect on the women who have influenced our lives. Last week we celebrated Healthcare Science week, a forum to promote the great work that healthcare scientists conduct across the NHS and to reflect on how far we have come as a profession. At the end of March the NSHCS will host its first face-to-face collaborative event post Covid and we look forward to meeting with colleagues who we haven’t seen for some time.

On a personal note I have been back from maternity leave for just over a year now and March has been a month to reflect on what has been an very challenging year personally. Recently I have been fortunate to participate in the LeadersPlus NHS Fellowship Programme which is a supportive leadership career development programme for NHS leaders with young children. The remit is to support parents working in the NHS to progress at work into senior leadership positions whilst also balancing commitments as a parent and being able to enjoy both. I have really enjoyed the sessions, especially having a supportive network of peers who are experiencing similar challenges and learning from them some practical tools to overcome hurdles. A further round of these fellowships for colleagues in the NHS are due to open soon, so if this is of interest to you please see the link to LeadersPlus.


Creating a new NHS England

Health Education England (HEE) will be coming together with NHS England (NHSE) to create a new organisation on 1 April 2023. This means that the new NHS England will take responsibility for HEE’s current activities. This includes planning, recruiting, educating and training the health workforce and ensuring that the healthcare workforce has the people, skills, values and behaviours to deliver excellent healthcare and health improvement to patients and the public.

This is a challenging time for people affected by this change. HEE and the new NHSE are supporting colleagues across the organisations while at the same time listening to feedback from partners, trainers and trainees as as this new organisation is designed.

Click here to find the full statement


Junior doctor industrial action and FRCPath examinations

Following the announcement of industrial action by junior doctors in England as a result of the British Medical Association (BMA) ballot, the College has been considering the potential impact should industrial action coincide with the FRCPath examinations.

For candidate enquiries related the College FRCPath examinations, please email the College:

Click here to find the RCPath statement


RCPath research start-up grant

The Royal College of Pathologists’ Fellowship Research Start-up Grant provides support to postgraduate and undergraduate students at the beginning of their research project for up to one year. A maximum amount of £4000 is awarded to postgraduate students.

These Fellowships are designed to support postgraduates begin research in Pathology and so may provide support for a project that may form the basis of further applications. The grants can support work in any discipline of medical or veterinary pathology and are not restricted to cellular pathology or histopathology.

RCPath aim to make at least one and up to three post-graduate awards and at least three and up to six undergraduate awards this year. There will be another round of applications next year.

Click here to find more information about the RCPath research start-up grant.


Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative Meeting

We would like to invite all STP training officers to our next healthcare science education and training collaborative meeting that will take place on Monday 27 March at The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre at the Holiday Inn, Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4EW.

Registration closes on Tuesday 21 March.

Click here to find the agenda and register for this collaborative meeting on Monday 27 March. (expired link)


Applications now open for funded places on new PG Cert in Clinical Data Science

Health Education England (HEE) have commissioned the University of Manchester to develop a flexible, postgraduate Clinical Data Science Programme in collaboration with the National School of Healthcare Science.

The Clinical Data Science Programme aims to empower healthcare professionals to apply data science in practice and translate data into patient benefit.

The programme will be available for full-time (over 1 year) and part-time (over 2 years) delivery, and all units will be available as individual CPD units.

The PG Cert in Clinical Data Science offers blended teaching that will provide a rich mixture of online and face-to-face learning opportunities.

Click here to find more information on the PG Cert in Clinical Data Science


Missed a previous edition of the HSST Monthly Memo?

We’ve published copies of the Monthly Memo for HSST trainees and training officers on our website.

Click here to view previous editions of the HSST Monthly Memo.

Last updated on 12th February 2024

This publication is part of HSST Monthly Memo (2023)