The School Report (June 2022)

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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News from the National School

New Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) with the University of Gloucestershire accredited​​​​​​​

After almost two years in development we are delighted to announce that a new course has been accredited for our Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) with the University of Gloucestershire. This Healthcare Science Degree Apprenticeship specialises in ophthalmic imaging and has been specifically developed by professionals in the field, to support the growing need for technically skilled Ophthalmic Imaging Practitioners. Teaching is delivered over three years, with learners achieving a BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Ophthalmic Imaging) upon completion.

Click here to view our full statement on the new training programme and further course details

Congratulations to our first trainees on completing the Echocardiography Training Programme​​​​​​​ (ETP)

We are absolutely delighted that our first trainees have completed the Echocardiography Training Programme (ETP). The Echocardiography Training Programme represents an accelerated pathway for Cardiac Physiologists to gain the knowledge, skills and experience to complete British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) Accreditation.

Jane Lynch, Regional Dean for Healthcare Science and Training Programme Director at the National School of Healthcare Science said: “We recognise the huge amount of work put in by all of the trainees, training officers and everyone involved in delivering the programme particularly at this challenging time. I would like to congratulate all of our successful trainees and wish you all a very successful and rewarding career.”

Click here to read our full statement about the first trainees completing the ETP

New Clinical Data Science Programme – apply for a funded place on the programme’s pilot module ​​​​​​​

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 comprise of modules that can be taken as standalone CPD units and which can be combined into a 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Data Science.

The full Postgraduate Certificate programme is due to go live in the autumn of 2023. However, the initial module of the programme is to be piloted this autumn and HEE will fully fund 15 places on the module. The pilot module will be on Data Engineering – the foundational principles and practices that you need to have in place in order to use data for service improvement and patient benefit.

Applications for places on the pilot module and for the funded places will open very shortly. We will publish details about how to apply for the funded places via the Clinical Data Science page on the School website in the coming weeks.

Click here to find out more about the programme on the School website

End-point Assessment Service invited to the House of Lords​​​​​​​

The National School of Healthcare Science End-point Assessment Service has been invited by the Clinical and Contract Research Association to an event at the House of Lords taking place later this month. The event, hosted by Earl Attlee, will bring public and private sectors together across the life science communities. The School’s End-point Assessment Service will represent the work on clinical trials apprenticeship degrees and the assessment of competency based clinical trials practice.

Click here to read our full statement about this event at the House of Lords

School develops podcasts to support trainers and trainees

In the last year the School has produced a growing number of podcasts designed to provide support to trainers and trainees in a number of areas. For example, all of the topics that we cover in both STP and HSST Train The Trainer have a dedicated podcast episode in which Train The Trainer speakers are interviewed about their topics.

This year we are developing a training support podcast series, often involving interviews with trainees about their experiences. There are episodes about managing training alongside maternity leave, about health and wellbeing and training with disabilities. More episodes will be added to this series in the coming months.

All of our podcasts can be discovered and played on our SoundCloud account or via the SoundCloud app on your mobile device. Additionally, you can find each series embedded into relevant areas within the School website.

Click here to discover all our podcasts on SoundCloud


News from our partners

The Genomics Conversation 2022: ‘Let’s talk genomics’

On Monday 20 June, the Genomics Education Programme (GEP) will launch its fifth annual #GenomicsConversation campaign. This year, the event will focus on helping healthcare professionals to feel confident when talking about genomics with both colleagues and patients. Each day of the week will be themed around different areas of genomics communication: from where conversations can happen, to common questions and the ‘clinical clues’ that may be cause for action, and where to find out more. During the week, the GEP and other partners will provide an assortment of free online activities to support learners, including interactive resources, videos, animations and more.

Click here to find further details on the GEP website

Healthcare Science Apprenticeship Employer workshop

On Tuesday 28th June at 10am Health Education England are hosting a workshop to support employers to better understand apprenticeships and maximise apprenticeship use in Healthcare Science, by sharing best practice and experience helping to address recruitment and retention challenges in the workforce. This includes thinking about new ways of training staff, providing career progression pathways, and new pipelines into Healthcare Science careers.

Click here to find out more about the workshop and how to register your interest (Link out of date)

British Academy of Audiology Conference​​​​​​​

Join the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) on the 13th and 14th October 2022 at the Manchester Central Convention Complex for their 18th annual conference and exhibition. With clinical leaders and expert research professionals providing practical, best-practice, presentations in a multitude of areas.

Click here to find out more about the conference and how to register

Last updated on 3rd July 2023

This publication is part of The School Report (2022)