Coming soon: MAHSE Service Improvement & Innovation Fellowships

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The Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) will be awarding up to £20,000 to fund service improvement and innovation projects undertaken by healthcare science staff within the NHS in the North West of England. This funding opportunity is particularly aimed at developing individuals who are currently working as healthcare science assistants, associates, practitioners and early career healthcare scientists.

The MAHSE Service Improvement and Innovation Project Fellowships are being awarded as part of the Health Education England (North West) funded MAHSE Research and Innovation Project which aims to support the development of a research and innovation culture in the healthcare science workforce.

Professor Philip Padfield, MAHSE Director, said “We want to inspire and enable healthcare science staff to participate in projects that will develop their skills in research and innovation, advance their careers, and ultimately deliver benefits to NHS patients and service users.”

Applications for the fellowships will open in March 2017. Please email or follow @MAHSE1 on Twitter to receive further updates on the launch of the fellowship scheme.

Clinical Research Masters – Studentship funding now open

Health Education England (HEE) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) fund ten studentships for Non-Medical/Dental Healthcare Professionals on the MClin Res programme at the University of Manchester. Applications are now open for September 2017 entry and they will close at 12noon on 31st March 2017 for interviews on 9th, 10th and 11th May 2017. The MClin Res allows health professionals to develop their skills to advance their clinical career or conduct specific research.

Those interested in apply for a studentship need to read the application guidance and fill out the application form, both of which can be found, along with further information on the MClin Res on the University of Manchester website.

MAHSE Christmas Closure 2016

The MAHSE admin office will be closed from 4pm Thursday 22nd December 2016 until 9am Tuesday 3rd January 2017. The admin team will respond to all emails received during the closure when they return to the office, however please appreciate that this may take some time.

The MAHSE team would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful and relaxing Christmas break and best wishes for 2017.

MAHSE STP Open Day 2017

The Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education will be holding their annual STP Open Day on Thursday 12th January 2017.

The event is an opportunity for anyone interested in the Scientist Training Programme to find out more about the overall programme and the academic component of the programme. MAHSE partner universities offer a total of 8 STP programmes with 20 specialisms.

The event will be held at the University of Manchester, from 10am, and is open for registration from now until Monday 2nd January 2017. MAHSE are also organising some tours of local hospital departments, these tours are not available for all specialisms and will have limited spaces which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you would like to register for the event, please use our online registration form.

There is also an open day for Reproductive Science on Thursday 22nd December 2016 at St Mary’s hospital, Manchester. If you would like to attend, please email

Professor Sue Hill talks about Leadership in the Healthcare Sciences

Have you ever wondered what Professor Sue Hill OBE (Chief Scientific Officer for England) thinks about leadership?  Dr Nathan Proudlove from the Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester interviewed Professor Hill to find out her thoughts on leadership in the healthcare sciences.

In the video Professor Hill gives an overview of her own career and experience of NHS leadership, offering an insight into the changes she has seen and what she sees as the key challenges for leadership within an evolving and increasingly complex NHS.  Professor Hill looks at how the voice of the Clinical Scientist can be heard locally and nationally and also talks about what the requirements may be for future leaders in the NHS and the impact of the HSST doctoral level programmes.

Information about the MAHSE Admin Office

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the MAHSE admin office will be closed from Monday 24th – Friday 28th October (inclusive). If you are a current trainee on the STP or HSST programme and have an urgent problem, please contact your Programme Administrator, Programme Director, or University contact. The admin team will respond to all enquiries when the return to the office on Monday 31st October. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Higher Specialist Scientific Training in the Life Sciences Joint statement


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

An overview of how the DClinSci and FRCPath form the academic component of HSST is shown below:

Information for STP Training Officers

The National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) have published a helpbook for training centres with students on the Scientific Training Programme (STP). The helpbook gives advice for the whole STP from planning for the arrival of an STP trainee, to maintaining supervision through to their final exams. The helpbook will be invaluable to new supervisors but also a useful aid to those those seeking continuous improvement in their training.

To access the helpbook, please visit the NSHCS website;

MAHSE will be in touch with training officers of their year 2 and 3 trainees to discuss any queries around project supervision. Just as a reminder, indicative dates for all years of training can be found on our website under the tab For Supervisors. If you have any questions, please email us;