A new partnership between Manchester’s universities and the Royal College of Pathologists has been formed to bring academic and professional training together on the clinical scientist doctoral programmes.

Following liaison between the Royal College of Pathologists and Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE), a finalised agreement was signed on 6 July 2016.  The agreed Memorandum of Understanding is between the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal College of Pathologists and represents a partnership for the provision of the Life Sciences theme within the Doctor of Clinical Science (DClinSci) programmes as part of the Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme (HSST).

“This is an innovative and welcome agreement between the Royal College and the Universities and represents true partnership between higher education and professional practice in the healthcare sciences.”
Pam Vallely, HSST Academic Director, University of Manchester

“The collaboration between the Royal College of Pathologists and Universities is an essential addition to the Doctor of Clinical Science Network for life sciences’ at Manchester Metropolitan University and ensures close alignment between the academic and professional training programmes.”
Garry McDowell, Academic Director, Doctor of Clinical Science Network, Manchester Metropolitan University

“The Royal College of Pathologists is fully committed to the development of clinical scientists working in diagnostic pathology services. The partnership with the universities, as part of the Higher Specialist Scientific Training programme, will support the efficient integration of the professional and academic aspects of their training.”
Tim Helliwell, Vice President for Learning, RCPath

“The MOU between the RCPath and MAHSE ensures that CSs in HSST in the Life Sciences are able to blend the FRCPath with the DClinSci to achieve the exit awards that best suit their own career aspirations as Consultant Clinical Scientists. We are grateful to our colleagues at RCPath and MAHSE for their commitment to this collaboration.”
Chris Gibson, Head of School, National School of Healthcare Science

Higher Specialist Scientific Training in the Life Sciences Joint statement