Two MAHSE Lay Representatives win Exceptional Service Award

Two of our MAHSE Lay Representatives, Maggie Stubbs and Manoj Mistry, have won an award at our Annual PPIE (Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement) award celebration for the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health 2023. Both winners were recognised for their Exceptional Service. Maggie and Manoj have both worked with the MAHSE programmes since 2014. As founding MAHSE Lay Representatives, the also worked with their fellow lay reps to develop the MAHSE Patient Forum from an admin/academic led Forum to a Public Contributor led Forum.

Manoj was elected as one of two lead lay representatives in 2015 and he helped us write the draft for the MAHSE Guiding Principles ahead of it being circulated to the Forum.  Manoj has continued to embrace his role, representing the Forum at wider meetings and ensuring that we are listening to the Patient/Public voice.

Maggie was the Public Contributor lead on a project that the University of Manchester undertook with Newcastle University in 2014-15. The report created from the project is still used by the National School of Healthcare Science to aid Universities in ensuring that PPIE is a key part of the programmes (link including in supporting evidence).

In 2016 the Patient Forum looked at succession planning. At this point the Lay Representatives had a discussion around term length and how we ensured that the work that was done on the programmes continued to grow and develop. It was decided that terms should be 3 years in length with an option at the end of the initial term to stay on for a further 3 years. Due to COVID Maggie and Manoj both kindly continued to contribute to their programmes and MAHSE their second term, and we’re very sad to see their terms come to an end in July 2023.

Thank you both for all of your commitment to MAHSE, and congratulations on your awards!

Zara Musker, STP Trainee, Honoured as Deaf Sports Personality of the Year 2022

Zara Musker, a talented women’s futsal player and trainee in the Scientist Training Programme (STP) at the University of Manchester, has emerged triumphant as the recipient of the esteemed Deaf Sports Personality of the Year award.  Zara’s remarkable achievements and dedication to her sport have earned her this prestigious recognition within the deaf sports community.  As a member of the England team, Zara played a vital role in their historic victory at the European Deaf Futsal Championships, where they secured their first-ever title.  Zara’s exceptional skills and prowess on the field led her to become the tournament’s top scorer, netting an impressive 10 goals.

The Deaf Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony took place on 1st July at Twickenham Stadium in London, where Zara’s exceptional achievements were recognised and celebrated.  As Zara continues to shine both in her sporting career and academic pursuits in her second year as an STP trainee in Audiology at the University of Manchester, she exemplifies the values of perseverance, determination, and resilience, making the university proud to have her as part of their academic community.


MAHSE STP Online Open Day for 2023 intake

The MAHSE STP Open Day will be made up of online content taken from the 2022 Open Day. We May also have some live content coming up in January 2023, so watch this space! Please find your specialism further down the page. (Live content will be recorded, please turn off your webcams if you would prefer not to be in the recording)

The application window to apply for the Scientist Training Programme will be announced soon but will most likely open in January 2023. Please view the link below for information and details of NSHCS Open Day Events and Applications:

If you keep checking this post we will be uploading further content for you to view.

Reconstructive Science

Reconstructive Sciences Talk and Q&A:

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Pharmaceutical Science

Pharmaceutical Sciences Talk and Q&A:

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Neurosensory Sciences (Audiology)

Please click here for the most up to date information: Scientist Training Programme in Neurosensory Sciences at the University of Manchester 2023/24

Neurosensory Sciences (Audiology) Live Talk and Q&A:

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Genomic Sciences

Genomic Sciences Talk and Q&A:

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Other Resources:
What is Genetic Counselling – Online Course – FutureLearn

Clinical Scientific Computing and Data Science

Clinical Scientific Computing and Data Science Talk and Q&A:

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Student and Alumni Testimonials:

“I think the course overall was a great opportunity to explore the wider aspects of health Informatics which I wouldn’t have necessarily seen at work. It complimented my day to day work really well, and also allowed me to expand my horizons. In terms of career progression, having being exposed to much more, compared to what I had seen at work up until then, it helped me decide what exactly I wanted to achieve with my career and motivated me to pursue it.”

“I completed the Scientific Training Programme (STP) in Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences specialism) in 2017. I was an in-service trainee, so upon completion, I returned to the position I held before starting the STP in 2014, which was as a Research Scientist in the Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Directorate of The Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Following completion of the STP, my role involved supporting the directorate’s role as an External Assessment Centre for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme and other projects in the directorate.  I led a Trust-wide audit of a new non-invasive coronary artery modelling technology (HeartFlow) using electronic health records for the Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) programme, delivered by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). During this time, I also became an Associate Researcher in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University.

In 2019, I moved into a Clinical Scientist position with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative. I primarily work on the quantitative aspects of a range of different projects, including leading data modelling and statistical analysis activities. I develop R functions/Shiny apps for the group and co-manage the groups’ Shiny app portfolio. Our group have also had an important role in supporting the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, where I have led the analysis of a national survey of health and social care professionals for the Department of Health and Social Care and a systematic review and individual patient data meta-analysis of a COVID-19 diagnostic for the COVID-19 National Diagnostic Research and Evaluation Platform. I am also co-applicant on two submitted grants: ‘A machine learning algorithm to support ambulance practitioner identification of non-stroke patients presenting with stroke symptoms’ and ‘GlycoScore: Superior prostate cancer diagnosis using a simple blood test’.”

“In 2015 I started the Scientist Training Program (STP) in Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences) based at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust (RLBHT). During the 3 year program I joined the Medial Physics and Clinical Engineering group to study computing, statistics and informatics in the clinical environment. After completing the STP at RLBHT I took a 3-month data scientist post at Aintree University Hospital Trust where I was involved in data science projects to help improve clinical pathways. During the data scientist post I applied and was accepted to a Clinical (Computer) Scientist post at University Hospitals Birmingham with Radiotherapy Physics where I had previously visited on my STP Elective. In this post I am involved in supporting and developing clinical computer systems in Radiotherapy. In the near future I am aiming to join the Higher Specialist Scientist Program (HSST) specialising in Clinical Bioinformatics (Physical Sciences).”


We have a recording from 2021 where Clinical Scientists in Cardiac Science, Sleep Science and Clinical Care Science answered questions, along with Academic Leads for each of the disciplines. If you’re interested in CCVRS Sciences but aren’t sure which specialism, or want to know more about the professions this video will help.

Subtitles to follow soon

Blood Sciences

Manchester Metropolitan University Programmes

*We are not responsible or liable in any manner for external videos that are posted to this site.

Level 8 qualification in Histopathology

Would you like to be involved in developing a level 8/HSST qualification in histopathology? If you’d like to be involved in developing the career pathway for scientists in Histopathology we want to hear from you.

The National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) are collecting expressions of interest to help develop a level 8/Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) level qualification. They’re particularly keen to hear from Consultant Healthcare Scientists, Consultant Pathologists, or those who have equivalent experience or are training. Particularly those who have recently completed professional qualifications at this level. 

The NSHCS are establishing a Curriculum Review Group to begin developing a level 8/HSST qualification in histopathology in the next few months, if you’d like to join the conversation you have until the 30th November to provide your details here [Health Education Online Survey, opens in new tab].

STP Training Support

Louise Ayers, Head of Programme Support at the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS), has written a blogpost to encourage trainees and training officers to talk to the NSHCS when having problems. It includes advice on when trainees and training officers should reach out for support and ways in which the NSHCS can help, such as: with health and wellbeing, changes to training, transfers of training, training delivery issues, completion of programmes, statutory leave, part-time training, progression issues, conduct/capability concerns and personal relationship issues.

In the blogpost, you will also find a brief history of the NSHCS and an outline of their purpose. Further to this, there is a myth busting section to help dispel myths and rumours that the NSHCS have come across from time to time.

In the next blog the NSHCS will be outlining all of the activities they are undertaking to expand their support.

MAHSE and the Universities work hard with the NSHCS to ensure that trainees have support for all of their programme. Although our focus is on the academic section of the programme, we work with the NSHCS to ensure that trainees have joined-up support where it is needed.

Congratulations to Maggie Stubbs for MBE recognition

Maggie Stubbs, a member of the MAHSE Patient Forum, has received a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021 in recognition of her work on the HEE Patient Forum, for services to diversity and inclusion in the NHS.

Maggie has worked with MAHSE as a Lay Representative since 2014. She worked on the Pathways to Embed PPI in STP project and actively encourages those inside the NHS and Education sector to involve Patient and Public Representatives in their work.

Through her role as a Lay Representative with MAHSE, she has supported our STP and HSST programmes, encouraging trainees to engage with the NHS constitution, reminding them that the patient is at the heart of everything the NHS does.

Congratulations to Maggie for her award, we’re so glad she has received the recognition that she deserves.

Joint Statement on HSST Eligibility

Significant scientific workforce shortages at senior levels have been identified in several Life Science specialties, which have been further highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Specialist Scientific Training (HSST) Programme trains Healthcare Scientists to consultant level, however HSST is currently not open to all individual scientists with the potential to develop and take on the role of a consultant scientist.

The National School of Healthcare Science in Health Education England, Academy for Healthcare Science, Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) and Manchester Academy of Healthcare Scientist Education are pleased to announce a widening of the of the eligibility criteria for HSST. The new criteria will allow appropriately qualified senior Biomedical Scientists, who can demonstrate ability to work at Level 7 via academic and professional qualifications, to apply to join the programme. Both Biomedical Scientists and Clinical Scientists will be subject to the same HSST interview process to determine suitability and readiness. The qualifications to confer eligibility will include:

  1. HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and relevant MSc
  2. HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and IBMS Higher Specialist Diploma or IBMS 2-part Fellowship Special Exam
  3. HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist, IBMS Specialist Diploma and IBMS Diploma of Expert Practice

Eligible individuals will also need to meet the requirements of the Universities to commence a doctoral level programme, including a First or 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in a relevant subject area or evidence of having written at that standard, and a minimum of four years working in a professional role. In addition, training departments will need to achieve HSST training accreditation through the NSHCS to be successful in the commissioning rounds. This includes demonstration of suitable workplace and research supervision at doctoral level, access to training to meet the specialism curriculum and HSS Standards of Proficiency, and senior level trust support.

All Life Science HSSTs must obtain Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists during the programme in order to complete HSST, in addition to the academic qualification and evidence of their workplace training. These requirements of the programme are identical for Clinical Scientists and Biomedical Scientists on HSST.

This revised admission criteria to HSST is endorsed by NHS Education for Scotland  – Healthcare Science. We look forward to working with all agencies concerned with the development of the next generation of consultant-level healthcare scientists.

All scientists who successfully complete the HSST programme or equivalence are eligible to join the Academy for Healthcare Science HSS Register and become a Fellow.

This change to the HSST eligibility criteria will apply from 2021 entry to the HSST programme.