The School Report (April 2024)

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

Clinical Data Science PG Cert – Applications for funded places open soon

The Clinical Data Science Programme aims to empower healthcare professionals to apply data science in practice and translate data into patient benefit. NHS England (NHSE) intends to fully fund a number of places on the autumn 2024 intake of the Clinical Data Science Postgraduate Certificate programme. Applications for the 2024 intake open on 15 April.

We received a healthy number of applications from healthcare scientists in 2023 and hope to see the same in 2024. Please do pass this information around to interested colleagues.

NHSE funded places on the 2024 intake are open to staff working in, or delivering services to, the NHS in England. Applications will be welcome from applicants interested in studying the programme full-time over 1 year or part-time over 2 years.

  • The application process for funded places for the 2024 intake will be a single application to NHS England, which will be managed by the National School of Healthcare Science.
  • There will be no need to apply additionally to the university provider.
  • Applications for funded places will open on 15 April and close at 5pm on 13 May.

Find out more about the programme and how to apply for a funded place

School launches Sharing Good Practice webinar series

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the School’s new Sharing Good Practice webinar series. This series of webinars will seek to support healthcare scientists and healthcare science trainers in the workplace to learn from centres and colleagues that have developed good training and good clinical practice.

We can confirm the first two webinars, as follows:

AI in training and clinical practice 
Tuesday 30 April 2024 - 2pm to 3pm
Find out more and register for the event

Approaches to the delivery of the STP
Wednesday 22 May 2024 - 10am to 11am
Find out more and register for the event

Both of the webinars will be recorded and will be available on our website.

If you or your network have developed practice that you feel could be valuable to share with your peers, please express an interest in sharing your practice via the form linked to below.

Express an interest in contributing to our sharing good practice webinar series

Healthcare Science Education and Training Collaborative meeting, March 2024

On Tuesday 26 March the School ran a well-attended, face-to-face Education and Training Collaborative meeting in Bristol. The day opened with a talk on the future of healthcare science by Dr Victoria Chalker, Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England (NHSE). There were plenary sessions to launch the School’s new Sharing Good Practice series and featuring Professor Sheona Macleod, Director of Education and Training at NHSE speaking about the emerging NHSE educator strategy.

Further details about the day and copies of the key presentations can be downloaded from the School website


News from our partners

Technical Assessor opportunities with UKAS

Are you passionate about diagnostic services and ensuring the accuracy of medical results? Join UKAS as an independent Technical Assessor, alongside your existing role, helping to make a difference in quality of diagnostic services.

United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is seeking dedicated Technical Assessors to support the delivery of robust assessments in various clinical settings, including medical laboratories, diagnostic imaging services, physiological services and medical physics/clinical engineering services. By joining UKAS, you’ll play a crucial role in upholding confidence in diagnostic services and results and elevating levels of patient care.

As a Technical Assessor with UKAS, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Expand your skills and expertise in your field.
  • Enhance your career alongside an existing role on a third-party contractual basis.
  • Drive levels of quality and patient outcomes in your area of expertise.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of UKAS processes and the standards to which we assess. This is beneficial as both a personal CPD activity and to bring new expertise into the service where you work.

UKAS are looking for individuals with:

  • Rigorous technical/clinical knowledge in their field.
  • Understanding of relevant business systems and processes.
  • Proficiency in quality assurance and quality management principles.
  • Strong organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to provide accurate reporting and empathetic feedback.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact UKAS’s Talent Acquisition Manager, Andy Green on

Discover more about working as a Technical Assessor with UKAS and apply for this exciting opportunity

Pathology Portal supports the training of pathology specialties

Attendees at the School’s recent Education and Training Collaborative meeting in March were treated to an update from Professor Jo Martin about the Pathology Portal. The Pathology Portal is an innovative and growing learning resource for pathology trainees and practitioners, created in partnership with the Royal College of Pathologists and NHS England’s Technology Enhanced Learning programme.

Featuring a range of online resources for learning, healthcare training and quality assurance schemes, the portal’s resources are interactive and easy to use. It allows flexible training to plug learning gaps at a local, regional and national level.

Available in the NHS Learning Hub, the portal has been designed to facilitate the training of the existing and future healthcare workforce with content that can be tailored to individual learner needs, to cover flexible and return-to-work training, as well as competence testing. The ambition for the Pathology Portal is to create a user-led interactive learning resource platform to support learning across all pathology and related disciplines.

The portal now contains well over 5000 modules all quality assured by expert editors and international faculty.

The Pathology Portal is available on the NHS Learning Hub. People with an NHS, GOV.UK or university email address can register on the Learning Hub or login with their elearning for healthcare (elfh) Hub details.

Visit the Pathology Portal

Last updated on 16th April 2024

This publication is part of The School Report (2024)