This edition will update you on the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on many different aspects of healthcare science training. We will be continuously updating our COVID website hub and Twitter page to provide key information as it becomes available.
Message from Professor Berne Ferry
In my blog this month I wanted to start by saying a huge ‘Thank you’ to all of our fantastic Healthcare Scientists (and your families) who, despite all of you confronting challenging situations both in work and personally, continue to work tirelessly to help patients at this time.
The workforce response to Coronavirus
The four national CSO offices of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have written a joint statement about the workforce response to Coronavirus.
- Working with the HCPC to enable people who have recently left the register to come back to work.
- Inviting our final year healthcare science students to come into clinical practice to support us over the next few months.
- Redeployment of healthcare scientists with transferable skills to areas of increased demand.
Read the guidance on redeploying healthcare scientists (Expired link)
Project Nightingale hospitals
You will no doubt be aware that the COVID-19 response means that the NHS is delivering care very differently than usual. Healthcare scientists have a vital role to play and we’re aware that many existing staff want to offer their time and expertise.
We are working closely with the Chief Scientific Officer’s office in NHS England to identify how the transferrable skills of healthcare scientists across our many specialties can be called upon so that healthcare scientists of all specialties can be up-skilled and redeployed against the virus.
Cancellation of multiple School-led events
We have taken the decision to postpone or cancel a range of our school-led meetings and events including:
- STP recruitment interviews
- STP OSFAs
- STP curriculum review
- STP and HSST Train the Trainer summer events
- EPA April conference
- End-point assessments
We will be continuously updating our COVID website hub to to provide key information as it becomes available and will email Trainees and Training Officers impacted by these decisions.
Useful links during the Coronavirus pandemic
We have collated a number of useful links for you to check during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic including NHS guidance, advice from professional bodies and mental health resources.