The School Report (February 2023)

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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Healthcare Science Week 2023

Healthcare Science Week, 13-19 March 2023, brings together over 50 scientific specialisms and professional groups to celebrate and raise awareness of this diverse NHS workforce. Over the last 75 years NHS healthcare science has played a vital role in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease and the health of our population. Healthcare Science Week is an opportunity to showcase this work and inspire the scientific workforce of the future.

Here are some ways you could get involved:

  • Raise awareness of the diverse roles within healthcare science
  • Download social media banners, Microsoft Teams backgrounds and email signatures from our website
  • Speak to colleagues, family members, friends or your local community about your role in healthcare science and the impact it makes on NHS care and patients

Inspire people to think about a career in healthcare science:

  • Host a stand in a public area or the foyer of your hospital
  • Give a presentation, in person or virtually, to a school, college, university, science society or club, or even your trust board
  • Become a STEM Ambassador for healthcare science

Click here to find some useful resources for HCS Week 2023.


News from the National School

Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative Meeting

Our next collaborative meeting will take place on Monday 27 March at The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre at the Holiday Inn, Hill Street, Birmingham, B5 4EW. Please register your attendance below and select your preferred workshops and roundtable discussions to attend in the afternoon.

The event is for Training Officers, Professional Bodies and HEIs supporting the education and training within healthcare science.

Click here to register your attendance at our Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative Meeting.

STP equivalence funding available for 200 healthcare scientists​​​​​​​

For a limited time only we are able to cover the entire cost of the AHCS STP equivalence process for 200 colleagues practising as healthcare scientists but who are not registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as clinical scientists.

Priority will be given to those employed in the physiological sciences. However, applications are still welcome from non-HCPC registered healthcare scientists employed in physical and life sciences.

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Thursday 23 February.

Click here to find out more about how you can apply for STP equivalence funding.

Review of the ETP curriculum​​​​​​​

The Echocardiography Training Programme (ETP) began in 2020 and we were thrilled to see the first trainees complete the programme last summer and enter practice, applying their skills to benefit patients. With the third cohort underway, now is the time to learn from all your experiences both delivering and following the programme to make sure the curriculum is fit for purpose.

The first step of the review process is to gather feedback from everyone involved in the programme. We want to hear your thoughts on the curriculum. Is it meeting your needs? Where it could be improved?

Click here to find out how you can get involved in the review of the ETP curriculum.

CSO’s 2022 Excellence in Healthcare Science Lifetime Achievement award winner​​​​​​​

We are thrilled to announce that the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) for England, Professor Dame Sue Hill, awarded the Head of the National School of Healthcare Science, Professor Berne Ferry, with the Chief Scientific Officer’s 2022 Excellence in Healthcare Science Lifetime Achievement Award last year at the annual CSO conference.

Professor Berne Ferry said:

“I was really pleased to have been honoured and delighted on behalf of all my colleagues in the School and those in Trusts that I have worked with over the years. Nothing can be done alone in science. We are always dependent on our colleagues and friends.”


News from our partners

Genomics Expert Webinar 2: An Introduction to CRISPR​​​​​​​

Following on from the first in their new series of LinkAGE (Linking Academia with Genomics Education) webinars, the Genomics Education Programme is pleased to announce details of the upcoming second webinar.

The second webinar and Q&A session will be broadcast live on Tuesday 21 February at 5pm and will provide an introduction to CRISPR and the history of gene editing and is presented by cellular therapeutics expert Dr James Patterson.

The webinar and Q&A will cover:

  • an introduction to CRISPR and the history of gene editing
  • Cas9 as the de facto gene editing system
  • alternate Cas enzymes and their potential use cases
  • functionalising Cas enzymes for non-natural function
  • an overview of the CRISPR therapeutics landscape
  • a discussion of key challenges facing CRISPR’s use in the clinic and its future outlook

If you would like to reserve your place for this exciting talk, please complete the registration form today.

A big thank you to those of us who joined us for webinar 1. For those who missed the first it, you can view a recording of the Introduction to gene-directed therapies now.

Click here to find out more details about the LinkAGE series on the GEP news page.

Chief Scientific Officer’s webinar: Wednesday 15 March 2023 4:00pm – 5:00pm​​​​​​​

This webinar from Professor Dame Sue Hill coincides with Healthcare Science Week, 13-19 March, and is an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of this diverse NHS workforce.


  • Welcome and introductions – Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England
  • Four presentations of exemplary healthcare science programmes. One presentation per healthcare science pillar – speakers tbc
  • Audience Q&A – all speakers

Registration will close on Tuesday 14 March at 9am. A link to join the webinar will be sent shortly after registration closes.

Questions about this event? Email

Click here to find more information about the Chief Scientific Officer’s webinar.

Last updated on 12th February 2024

This publication is part of The School Report (2023)