An opportunity has arisen for trainees on the Scientist Training Programme (STP) to take part in a national competition which requires them to produce a short video about their role as a healthcare science trainee. The competition has been organised by Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) in collaboration with the National School of Healthcare Science.

The competition:

The NHS Constitution puts the patients at the very heart of the NHS but do patients really understand the role of the healthcare scientist? This is an exciting opportunity for STP trainees (or groups of trainees) to creatively illustrate the vital role they play in the care of a patient through the production of a short video. The video could be made up of pictures, narration, text as well as video footage of the laboratory or department where you work. To take part in this national competition you will need to produce a 3-5 minute video explaining your specialism. This would need to be understandable both to other healthcare scientists as well as the general public. After watching the video, they should be able to understand your day-to-day duties and other general roles as well as the importance of your discipline and how it fits into the patient pathway.

The reward:

The best video for each specialism will be selected to appear on the MAHSE and School websites and the producer (or team of producers) will receive £50 in Amazon vouchers. The best video out of all of the specialisms will receive £150 in Amazon vouchers and will also be displayed on the website. For the purpose of clarity, you can submit one video for any one of the following 28 STP specialisms:

  • Audiology
  • Cardiac Science
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics)
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Clinical Measurement & Development
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Clinical Pharmaceutical Science
  • Critical Care
  • Cytopathology
  • Device Risk Management & Governance
  • Gastrointestinal Physiology & Urodynamic Science
  • Genetics
  • Haematology & Transfusion
  • Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics
  • Histopathology
  • Imaging with Ionising Radiation
  • Imaging with Non-Ionising Radiation
  • Neorophysiology
  • Ophthalmic & Vision Science
  • Perfusion
  • Radiation Safety
  • Radiotherapy Physics
  • Reconstructive Science
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Reproductive Science
  • Respiratory & Sleep Science
  • Vascular Science

How to submit:

To enter the competition you will need to upload your video to the University of Manchester’s secure site known as ZendTo. If you are a member of the University of Manchester, you can log in with your Manchester Username and password and then click on the “Drop-off” button and mark the video for the attention of Sarah Williams ( If you are not a member of the University, you cannot log in but you can still send your file by clicking on the “Drop-off” button and then marking the video for the attention of Sarah Williams

In addition you will need to confirm your entry by completing a short online form giving your name, specialism and the e-mail you used to upload your video:


The deadline for video entries is Friday 5 September 2014. The videos will be assessed by a panel of experts in the field as well as patient representatives during September and the winners will be announced by Tuesday 30 September 2014.

If you have any problems or queries, please contact the MAHSE admin team at

Competition – What does a Healthcare Scientist do?