The School Report (January 2020)

Our newsletter is a quarterly report covering activities within the School, latest news, events, trainee projects and a variety of other resources for everyone working in and around healthcare science.

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Professor Berne Ferry, Head of NSHCS, writes a regular blog post

Happy New Year from all of us at NSHCS!

“It has been a busy and productive year at the school. I‘m glad to have got back into the blog again and will keep them coming in 2020 linked to our school report.”

Read Berne’s blog for December 2019


STP Applications have opened

Applications have opened for the 2020 Scientist Training Programme. The deadline is January 20th at 5pm.

  • View the job advert (Expired link)
  • View the breakdown of posts (Expired link)
  • Read the FAQs (Expired link)

First three IAPS completers

Trainees on the Physical, Physiological and Bioinformatics pathways of the Higher Specialist Scientist Programme (HSST) are required to pass the summative HSST Independent Assessment of Professional Skills (IAPS) towards the end of their programme as a component of their exit criteria. The School is pleased to report that it has now conducted the IAPS for the first three eligible trainees.

We wish to thank all of the examiners involved for their contributions, help and expertise in allowing the School to develop and deliver a robust process for the rigorous high-stakes assessment: Michael Drinnan, Richard Scott, Charlotte Kemp, Andrew Reilly, Peter Colley, Kevin Burke, Carl Rowbottom, Karen Venables, Paul Evans, Graham Chalmers, Nicki Whilde, Malcolm Sperrin

We will be conducting the IAPS in May and December each year and look forward to receiving trainees from Cohort 1 in 2020.

Read further information on the IAPS


Healthcare Science Week

Healthcare Science Week is an annual week of celebration and awareness-raising for the many careers in healthcare science.

Healthcare Science Week 2020 takes place from 6th-15th March.

Your trust could:

  • have a stand in a public area or the foyer of the hospital
  • give a presentation in a school or college
  • invite school and college students into one of the healthcare science departments

See how you can get involved and what resources are available. (Expired link)


Contractors needed for developing the T Level

NCFE (Northern Council for Further Education) has been awarded the contract by DfE to develop the Healthcare Science T Level.

NCFE are now seeking Healthcare Science specialists who would like to use their knowledge to support the writing and reviewing of the technical qualification content. Writers and reviewers are paid per day for their involvement and you don’t need to be located in the North East of England to take part.

Find out more about getting involved in developing the T Level. (Expired link)


The HSJ Patient Safety Awards have opened for 2020

The HSJ Patient Safety Awards help drive improvements in culture and quality across the NHS by celebrating the teams and the people putting safety first.

Find out more information about the Patient Safety Awards. (Expired link)

For all your queries about entering, contact Ryan Bessent. (Expired link)


Healthcare professionals asked to share their career defining moments

The Guardian is looking for healthcare professionals to tell readers about their career defining experiences.

If you have a story to tell contact email

Find out more about the ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears‘ series. (Expired link)

Last updated on 10th March 2022

This publication is part of The School Report (2020)