MAHSE Research Day 2017

The fourth annual MAHSE STP Research Day was held on Friday 16th June 2017 with over 120 delegates attending. The programme included eight student presentations; seven students spoke about their research project and one student shared her experiences of completing an additional research placement. Nine students presented posters on their research projects from a range of disciplines including Blood Science, Clinical Bioinformatics and Clinical Pharmaceutical Science.

MAHSE was also delighted to welcome Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green, Principal Clinical Scientist for Infection Prevention and Control at Great Ormond Street Hospital as the keynote speaker. Elaine spoke about the importance of networking opportunities and how she overcame the challenges of coming from a zoological background, which is uncommon for a Clinical Scientist.

First prize for the student presentations went to Lucy Morton who was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established shortly after Sir Winston’s death, as his national memorial and living legacy. Since then it has awarded over 5,400 Travelling Fellowships, with Fellows making outstanding contributions in areas as diverse as dementia support, mental health, the crafts, conservation, housing, and education. The Fellowship enabled Lucy to spend four weeks in the USA to compare FDA aseptic processing practices to the UK. For further information, please visit:

Feedback shows that both the keynote and student talks were motivational and delegates were inspired by the range of research being undertaken by STP third year trainees. First and second year trainees found the talks to be helpful in finding out about future opportunities for funding and research projects.


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The judging panel were highly impressed at the confidence in which all the students presented their research making the prize allocation a tough task.


1st Prize

Lucy Morton (Clinical Pharmaceutical Science): Microbiological Contamination Control in Aseptic Processing: A U.S Perspective (Student Journey)

2nd Prize

Alice Roberts (Audiology): Design and optimisation of a self-reported outcome measure tool in Audiology for people with Learning Disabilities

3rd Prize

Sai Duraisingham (Clinical Immunology): Plasma microRNA profiling of patients with Coronary Artery Disease


1st Prize

Lucy Mallin (Genomics): Design of a Proactive Model for Case Management within an NHS Genetics Laboratory

2nd Prize

Edmund Gondo (Haematology & Transfusion Sciences): Dithiolthreitol (DTT) plasma pre-treatment can be excluded in Gel Card IAT ABOi titrations without affecting accurate determination of ABO IgG titres.

MAHSE Service Improvement and Innovation Fellowships (Apply by 28 April)

The deadline for applications for the MAHSE Service Improvement and Innovation Fellowships is now fast approaching. MAHSE are giving healthcare science staff, based within NHS Trusts in the North West, the opportunity to apply for up to £20,000 to support innovation and service improvement projects and to develop individuals who are working as healthcare science assistants, associates, practitioners and early career healthcare scientists.

To find out more about the fellowships and to apply by 28 April please visit our webpage.

Could you be a lay representative with MAHSE?

MAHSE are recruiting up to three lay representatives to join our Masters and Doctoral level Healthcare Science programmes. We are looking for applicants who have a desire to support positive change on behalf of patients and the public.

Find out more:
Further information about the lay representative role, MAHSE and our commitment to patient and public involvement is available via our patient and public involvement web pages.

MAHSE will also be holding an informal information session on Thursday 11th May 2017, where you can drop in and speak to a member of the team. If you are interested in attending please register your interest via a short form to receive further details.

How to apply:
The deadline for submission of applications (by email or post) is 31st May 2017. Application forms and details of the application process are available online .

If you would like to request a large print or printed application form contact Rebecca in the MAHSE office (0161 3062621 or E-mail:

Selection process:
Once applications have been received a shortlisting process will take place. An interview session will be held in June.

Call for abstracts: NHS R&D North West Let’s Talk Research Conference

NHS R&D North West are holding a Let’s Talk Research – Building Community conference on 14 September 2017 and would like to invite researchers to submit abstracts for presentations and workshops.

Abstracts for 10 minute paper presentations can include any of the following topics:

  • Findings or results from clinically focused research projects (including those from a postgraduate degree)
  • Novel and creative approaches to promoting a culture of research and innovation within teams or organisations
  • Innovative approaches to growing research networks and communities of practice

Abstracts for 1 hour workshops may include:

  • Using art and creativity in primary research within Health and Social Care or to increase the impact of research findings
  • Using novel and creative ways to develop research and innovation networks and communities of practice within clinical settings
  • Communicating research in ways differently from the traditional research dissemination pathway

Please click here if you are interested in submitting an abstract and want to find out more about the conference.

Faculty of Genomic Medicine launched

The Faculty of Genomic Medicine was officially launched on 1st March with a webinar led by Professor Sue Hill, NHS England Chief Scientific Officer, Senior Responsible Officer for the 100,000 Genomes Project. The faculty is a way to bring together those working within the healthcare sector who have a particular focus on personalised medicine and genomics, with the aim of sharing knowledge and best practice. The expectation is that faculty members will act as advocates for genomics within the health service. Further information is available on the Genomics Education Programme website.

Applications Open: Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme for Leaders in Healthcare Science

The Chief Scientific Officer has recently launched the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme for Leaders in Healthcare Science which will allow successful applicants to collaborate with partner organisations that deliver the UK’s National Measurement System.  As part of the Programme, successful applicants will also get to develop their research proposal and skills in leadership and professional speaking. For further details, and to apply for the Programme, please visit

A day in the life of…

The MAHSE deputy director Carol Ainley is featured in the March edition of the Biomedical Scientist. The Biomedical Scientist is the leading professional publication for biomedical science.  Members of the Institute of Biomedical Science can access of copy of the article online.   The article gives an insight into a day in the life of Carol in her role as Head of Division of Biomedical Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Applications now open! MAHSE Service Improvement and Innovation Fellowships

MAHSE wishes to fund service improvement and innovation projects to support the most talented healthcare science staff from all healthcare science disciplines in the North West region. The funding is aimed at facilitating the career and professional development of healthcare science assistants, associates, practitioners and early career healthcare scientists, by enabling them to participate in projects that improve patient care through making innovations in healthcare science and service delivery. Applicants can request an amount of up to £20,000 to cover the costs of their project.

Find out more about this opportunity by visiting the MAHSE Service Improvement and Innovation Fellowships scheme webpage.

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.