Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence

0075_croppedThe Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) are very proud to be one of fifteen winning teams of the Advance HE Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE). The CATE recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. The award is recognition of the incredibly hard work that all our collaborative partners have put in since 2012 when MAHSE was first established.

Both the CATE and National Teaching Fellows (NTF) were announced yesterday on the Advance HE website. The nomination for MAHSE was submitted by Manchester Metropolitan University but contained all of MAHSE’s cross-University activities with the Scientist Training Programme (STP) and Research & Innovation Project.

You can read more about the MAHSE team and the other successful CATE winners on the Higher Education Academy website (which now forms part of Advance HE).

MAHSE Director Carol Ainley said of the award “The team are proud of this national recognition for the joint approach we have taken to ensuring a positive student experience with successful outcomes. We are now applying this experience to the DClinSci and will use the CATE award as a platform to share our experience more widely.”

MAHSE Research Day 2018



On Monday 4 June 2018, MAHSE held the fifth annual STP Research Day at theStudio, in Manchester, which was attended by over 110 trainees and delegates. The programme included poster presentations from seven students and talks from a further six students, all showcasing research projects from a range of disciplines, as well as presentations from two 2017 Service Improvement and Innovation Fellowship holders.


MAHSE was delighted to welcome back Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green, Principal Clinical Scientist for Infection Prevention and Control at Great Ormond Street Hospital, as the keynote speaker. Elaine gave a talk about her career journey to becoming an influential Clinical Scientist, and some of the challenges she has overcome.  She spoke about the importance of engagement, not only with colleagues, but also the need for outreach and engagement with the public, to ensure future improvements and innovations within healthcare science.



First prize for the student presentations went to Audiology trainee, Andrew Causon, who looked at Electrically-evoked auditory brainstem responses (eABRs) and how they can be used as a pre-operative test to verify auditory nerve function in cases of auditory nerve hypoplasia. Throughout the project Andrew compared various stimulation techniques in eABRs and identified that extracochlear stimulation was the preferred approach for testing auditory nerve function because it consistently produced results for all patients, without the need for exploratory surgery.


Feedback from the event shows that trainees found the keynote speech to be motivational and they valued the opportunity to network and share knowledge with their peers and potential collaborators. Delegates continue to be impressed by the range and standard of the research being undertaken by third year trainees and first year trainees felt that the programme provided useful ideas and tools to help them begin preparing for their own research projects.



1st Prize

Andrew Causon (Neurosensory Sciences – Audiology): An assessor-blind comparison of stimulation techniques in pre-implant electrically-evoked auditory brainstem responses (eABRs).

2nd Prize

Verity Fryer (Clinical Bioinformatics – Genomics): Evaluation of in silico tools for pathogenicity prediction of missense variants in the diagnostic laboratory.

3rd Prize

Angel Masih ( Reconstructive Science): Comparing the post-processing accuracy of digitally manufactured sur
gical wafer material and conventional orthognathic surgical wafer materials.


1st Prize

Elizabeth Smith ( CCVRS Sciences – Respiratory and Sleep Science): Could portable CPAP improve the exercise capacity of adults with tracheomalacia?

2nd Prize

Abigail Jones (Neurosensory Sciences – Audiology): Exploring a Categorisation Framework for the Individual Management Plan – Outcome Score (IMP-OS): Clinicians’ Perspectives


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Meet our 2018 Service Improvement & Innovation Fellowship Award Holders

In November 2017 MAHSE opened its second round of applications for its Service Improvement and Innovation Fellowship Scheme.  The scheme is aimed at healthcare science staff who are undertaking service improvement and innovation projects in NHS Trusts across the North West.  Earlier this year MAHSE awarded over £35,000 in funding to support the following projects:

Catherine JukesCatherine Jukes, Orthoptist, Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Catherine graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Orthoptics from Liverpool University. She has 20 years of clinical experience and works at Blackpool Teaching Hospital as an advanced Orthoptist specialising in stroke, thyroid eye disease and adult neurological conditions. In 2017 Catherine completed a Research Internship run by the University of Central Lancashire. She developed and conducted a prospective randomised controlled feasibility study. She is interested in designing and developing new ideas to improve patient care in Orthoptics. During the MAHSE fellowship Catherine will undertake an MPhil at Sheffield University.

Project: Development of an objective eye movement measuring device for use in a clinical setting  

Limitations of eye movement excursion can indicate serious pathology such as brain tumours, thyroid eye disease and multiple sclerosis. It is important to accurately detect and monitor these limitations. Worsening limitations can indicate disease progression and an urgent need for investigation and management of the underlying condition.

Current clinical methods of eye movement measurement are subjective and inaccurate, relying on estimations graded by the examiner. Objective quantification of eye movements would provide a more accurate and reliable evaluation. The objective method available to most clinicians is time consuming and relies on a large machine requiring its own room.

The aim of this project is to produce and evaluate the effectiveness of a new clinical device. This portable device will provide objective quantification of eye movement excursions. Ultimately this will enable a more accurate and reliable assessment, improving patient care whilst reducing the time and space needed for adequate examination.


Rachel Salmon, Genetic Technologist, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Rachel Salmon

Rachel currently works as a genetic technologist within the Genomic Diagnostics Laboratory at Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine (MCGM) within St Mary’s Hospital where she has been for the past two years. Rachel works within the cytogenetics department as part of the cell culture and karyotyping team which focuses on pre-natal diagnostic genetics services. Prior to this Rachel gained her BSc in Biomedical Science and her MSc in the Medicine of Aging at the University of Chester with a focus on Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. Rachel is looking forward to undertaking this project and being able to expand her knowledge of diagnostic cancer services and clinical management.

Project: Expansion of the current BRCA1/2 FFPE service using ctDNA sample testing as a complementary test for identifying BRCA1/2 positive mutations

Currently testing is carried out for somatic mutations present in the BRCA1/2 genes using tumour biopsy samples. This is an invasive procedure prone to various risks and tumours can be inaccessible for biopsy due to anatomical locations.

This projects aims to detect these mutations within ctDNA that is derived from tumour cells and is found circulating blood. The sampling technique is less invasive and more easily obtainable. Obtaining a blood sample would bypass the pathology process and allow for more rapid testing. Furthermore this complementary test may provide more patients with access to targeted, efficacious and well tolerated treatment options in particular poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, particularly in those patients in whom a tumour biopsy is unobtainable.  This may improve the prognosis for many patients with advanced stage ovarian cancer.



Register for the Understanding Innovation in the Healthcare Sciences MOOC

Find out how you can identify opportunities for innovation and undertake innovation projects effectively within your own healthcare service.

Understanding Innovation in the Healthcare Sciences is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) which has been designed by Manchester Metropolitan University and MAHSE.  This online course is hosted on FutureLearn, the social learning platform (see further details about FutureLearn below).  If you have an idea for a service improvement or innovation that you want to develop or if you are keen to discover more about what the process of making an innovation involves, then register for the Understanding Innovation in the Healthcare Sciences MOOC where you will be able to explore the following topics:

  • Identifying innovation and service improvement within the healthcare sciences
  • Obtaining support and funding for innovation and service improvement projects
  • Measuring the performance of your service
  • Planning, implementing and evaluating innovation and service improvement projects
  • Spreading the adoption of innovation and service improvements

Learners will also have the opportunity to have discussions and network with healthcare professionals from around the world therefore gaining new perspectives on the topics arising from the course.

By the end of this 4 week course learners will be able to:

  • Assess what constitutes an innovation in healthcare science and identify areas for innovation in clinical service.
  • Design an innovation project proposal, including identifying sources of support and communication with stakeholders.
  • Reflect on and then apply the appropriate tools and techniques for project planning.
  • Develop a critical awareness of the steps involved in launching and evaluating an innovation project, including dissemination and communication strategies.

The course is open for enrolment now and will start on 11 June 2018 .  You can enrol on the course for free or upgrade for £62 to enjoy extra benefits. The course can be accessed from any device with internet access offering the flexibility to study when it is most convenient for you.

If you are interested in taking this course please register here.


About FutureLearn

Founded by The Open University in 2012, FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform, enabling online learning through conversation. With over 7.5 million people from over 200 countries across the globe – a community that is continuously growing – it offers free and paid for online courses from world-leading UK and international universities, as well as organisations such as the European Space Agency, the British Council and Cancer Research UK. FutureLearn’s course portfolio covers a wealth of areas to promote lifelong learning for a range of applications including general interest, an introduction to university studies, continuing professional development and fully online postgraduate degrees.

MAHSE Director Announcement

CarolThe Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) is pleased to announce that Carol Ainley has been appointed as the new MAHSE Director. Carol is the Lead for Medical and Life Sciences Development at Manchester Metropolitan University and was formerly involved with MAHSE as the Deputy Director. Phil Padfield, the current MAHSE Director said ‘I am delighted that Carol has been appointed to succeed me. She has been a fantastic deputy director and I now leave knowing MAHSE is in very capable hands.’

Carol will take over from Phil as MAHSE Director on Monday 21st May, until this date Carol and Phil will continue to work together to ensure a smooth transition period. MAHSE will look to appoint a new Deputy Director of MAHSE in due course. Carol said of her appointment ‘I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build on the success of MAHSE. A priority will be to ensure the viability of this unique partnership as we face the challenges posed by funding restrictions.’


Meet the Clinical Bioinformaticians

Meet the Clinical Bioinformaticians is the first in a new film series highlighting key professions in genomic medicine. The film features The University of Manchester’s Professor Andy Brass who is Programme Co-Director for the STP Clinical Bioinformatics and Programme Director for HSST Clinical Bioinformatics. Also featured are Dr Sirisha Hesketh, a HSST trainee at Oxford Medical Genetics Laboratories and, Eileen Gallagher who recently graduated from the STP in Clinical Bioinformatics (Genomics). This film showcases what the work of a clinical bioinformatician involves, the kind of traits and skills required, and some of the challenges facing both those working in the profession and the NHS more broadly.

MAHSE Announcement


Professor Philip Padfield will be stepping down as Director of the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) in May to take up the role of Dean of Education at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Phil was appointed in December 2011 and was responsible for establishing MAHSE. Under his leadership the Academy has become the national lead for the education of NHS healthcare scientists and one of the largest education networks in the UK.

Phil said on announcing his departure “I’ll be sad to leave MAHSE but intend to keep an affiliation through the ongoing research and innovation programme. I’m very proud of what MAHSE has achieved and feel very privileged to have worked with such a dedicated and passionate group of individuals”

MAHSE would like to thank Phil for his exceptional leadership over the past 6 years and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

HSST Research Project Day 2018

The HSST Research Project Day was held on Wednesday 24th January 2018 with over 130 delegates attending. Trainees in Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 currently doing either the C1 Innovation Project or the C2 Research Project, their academic supervisors and workplace supervisors attended the event. Representatives from the NSHCS also attended the event.

The event provided the opportunity for trainees to meet with their academic and workplace supervisor to discuss their projects. In the morning, trainees attended subject specific talks with their Programme Directors on what to expect from the C2 Research Project whilst academic and workplace supervisors attended a talk by Professor Anne White (Academic Director of the DClinSci) which outlined their role and responsibilities for C1 and C2.

In the afternoon, trainees attended workshops to help them to progress with either their C1 Innovation Project or C2 Research Project. C1 workshops included “Giving a talk to a lay audience” and “How to write your innovation report” whilst C2 workshops included “Planning a paper” and “Giving a professional talk”. Academic and workplace supervisors met with Programme Directors to discuss the assessment of the DClinSci.

Resources from the day are available below.

Please note that the content of the below presentations and podcast is subject to change, any updates will be posted on the MAHSE website. 

Resources for Trainees

AM Session


Life Sciences (UoM)

Life Sciences and Physiological Sciences (ManMet)

Medical Physics

PM Session

Trainees currently doing C1 Innovation Project

Trainees currently doing C2 Research Project

Giving a talk to a lay audience and How to write your innovation report

(please also see podcast below)

1. Planning a paper
2. Writing your thesis
3. Giving a professional talk


Resources for academic and workplace supervisors:

AM session for supervisors: The Role of the Supervisors  (please also see podcast below)

PM session for supervisors: The DClinSci Research Project: A Guide to Assessment


A podcast for the following sessions is available here:

1. Morning session for academic and workplace supervisors: “The Role of the Supervisors” (00:00:00 – 01:19:17)
2. Afternoon workshops for trainees doing C1 Innovation project:
i) “Giving a talk to a lay audience” (01:19:18 – 02:09:23)
ii) “How to write your innovation report” (02:09:24 – 02:35:51)
iii) “My experience of C1 and C2” (02:35:52 – 02:47:05)

Presentation from the Royal College of Pathologists:

A representative from the Royal College of Pathologists was unable to attend the event however, further information on how the RCPath examinations are included in the DClinSci can be found here.

If you have any questions, please email

The patient voice in Health Education England’s work

Maggie Stubbs, a member of HEE’s Patient Advisory Forum (PAF) and a MAHSE Lay Representative, shares how her passion for the NHS combined with her experience as a clinician, manager, patient and carer, helps to bring valuable perspectives into her PPI roles.

“What is it that excites me about the National Health Service? There are several things that I could mention: the simplicity and convenience of being able to pick-up the phone, dial a number, and receive an appointment with a member of my GP’s team, or to use one of the other resources such as the Walk-In Centre or to dial 111 for information or advice specific to my needs.  And especially that the NHS is an organisation embedded into the fabric of our society, giving comfort and reassurance whenever there is a need.

“The NHS aspires to put patients and the public at the heart of everything it does, as set out in the NHS Constitution. But it is a complex organisation with multiple stakeholders, and meeting expectations may not always be possible. Yet I can see that it is working hard to ensure that patients are at the heart of the service.

Opportunity and privilege

“Having been a part of the NHS for many years, from a cadet in the ‘olden days’ all the way through to very senior ranks, I have seen enormous changes. For the last three or so years, not being totally out to pasture, I have had the opportunity and the privilege to be a patient and public representative. at Health Education England’s Patient Advisory Forum, the National School of Healthcare Science and the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education.

Trust and dialogue

“My vision for the NHS is what gets me up in the mornings. My starting point is to focus on compassion and the values of the NHS. My overall goal is to help create a sense of inclusion, build trust in the process, encourage critical dialogue and add a positive contribution to the agenda. In the process, I try to challenge some traditional ways of thinking in an effort to engage positively and to inspire change.

Pictured: Maggie at a HEE national workshop on the Nursing & Midwifery Council’s consultation on Future Nurse proficiency standards, where she contributed to HEE’s response.

“In my professional life, I was a nurse, midwife and health visitor before moving on to senior management. As a carer for my partner with a severe mental illness at a time when there was little support from some family members, and now as a patient myself with a long-term condition, I have different and valuable insights to bring to the table.

“So, like most other people who use the NHS, I am not ‘just a patient’ – I have a broad range of life experiences as a parent and carer and in my career. As well as my clinical and managerial roles, I can draw on personal and observed experience. So I would like to think that I am an ambassador in helping embed the patient/ carer voice, improve participation and embed engagement, to help improve the patient experience in all our health and care services..

Decision-making that is patient-centred

“As Health Education England (HEE) is a national body with a mandate to promote high quality education and training, the Patient Advisory Forum (PAF) was developed to support the organisation in making decisions which are patient-centred, open and transparent. One of PAF’s roles is to provide assurance to the HEE board that effective and efficient patient and public voice arrangements are in place and that decision-making at Board and other levels is informed by the patient and public voice.

“Being a member of the PAF gives me an opportunity to share my experience as a clinician, carer and a patient for a wider purpose. I appreciate the shared responsibility and partnership working in ensuring that the patient and carer voice is included in every aspect of the work. PAF members also try to make sure that the patient voice is represented at various HEE workshops and meetings.

“Working with the National School of Healthcare Science on Modernising Scientific Careers, I am involved with other stakeholders in the design, development, delivery and quality assurance of programmes. I am involved in the accreditation of programmes in Higher Education Institututions and of work-based student placements.

Patient experience as part of training

“My role involves helping to ensure that the patient’s perspective is at the centre of the design, development and implementation of training and service delivery. For example, a laboratory technician may not be patient-facing, but from day one of the training the student must recognise that the sample in front of them relates to a person, often someone who is vulnerable, concerned and in need of more information. Dignity, respect and quality apply to all roles in the NHS, and staff actions can be far-reaching, often affecting patients, family and wider society.

Inclusive of social values

“My role with the Manchester Academy of Healthcare Scientific Education (a group of partner universities) puts me on the other side of the table. This helps to ensure that patient’s perspective is at the heart of everything that it does. Including the experiences of patients is an important aspect of the training ; as is ensuring the training is responsive to the changing needs of patients and local communities.

“I am also very passionate about the work that I do outside of my patient representation role, which focuses on mentoring and coaching, supporting staff to gain confidence in their practice and leadership skills. The NHS is undergoing tremendous changes to meet the demands of our future, and there is a need for good leaders and a skilled workforce to meet these challenges. There is also a need to ensure that the patient’s experience and voice are recognised as an integral part of the changes, helping to ensure that decisions can be locally grounded and inclusive of social values.

“Patients and the public can, and do, make a difference, supporting the improvement agenda of the future. In order to achieve this, their voice must be included at all levels, including the design, development, training and ultimately the delivery of the service.”

MAHSE Christmas Closure 2017

The MAHSE admin office will be closed from Friday 22nd December 2017 until Wednesday 3rd January 2018. The admin team will respond to all emails received during the closure upon returning to the office, however please appreciate that this may take some time.

The MAHSE team would like to wish you an enjoyable Christmas break and all the best for 2018!