HSST DClinSci Section C workshop for Cohorts 1 and 2

Date: Thursday 10th January 2019

Venue: Stopford Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT (building 79 on the campus map)

Time: 10:00 – 16:00 (registration opens from 09:30)

The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University will be delivering a day of workshops for HSST trainees, academic supervisors and workplace supervisors. There will also be an opportunity for the trainee, academic supervisor and workplace supervisor to meet for a discussion of their individual projects. Representatives from the NSHCS will also be attendance. All HSST trainees in Cohorts 1 and 2 who are currently doing their C2 Research project, their academic and workplace supervisors are invited to this event.

Both academic and workplace supervisors will be invited to the workshop however, please can trainees also invite your supervisors and contact them to arrange your project meetings on the day.

The full programme for the day can be found here.

To register for the event, please complete this short online registration form.

If you have any questions, please email admin@mahse.co.uk 

MAHSE STP Open Day 2019 (for prospective STP trainees)

Are you interested in applying for a place on the Scientist Training Programme (STP)?

Do you want to specialise in any of the following areas: Blood Sciences; Cardiac, Critical Care, Vascular and Respiratory & Sleep Sciences; Cellular Sciences; Clinical Bioinformatics; Clinical Pharmaceutical Science; Genomic Sciences; Neurosensory Sciences; or Reconstructive Sciences?

MAHSE is holding its annual STP Open Day:

Date: Tuesday 8 January 2019

Venue: University Place, 176 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL

Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Come along to find out more about the Masters in Clinical Science programmes offered by MAHSE. These programmes are the academic component of the STP.

By attending the event, you will discover:

  • What the STP is and which academic programmes are offered in Manchester
  • How to apply for a place on the STP

There will be the opportunity to meet with the programme teams to discuss the specialisms in greater detail. There is the opportunity to book onto tours around some departments in local NHS Trusts in the afternoon. Please note that tours are not available for all specialisms and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We hope that you will be able to join us. Please e-mail admin@mahse.co.uk to register your interest for this event and we will contact you with more information and a registration link, as soon as this is available .

Recruitment to the STP is run by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS). Applications are open once a year, usually between January and February, and the programme commences in September. Further information about recruitment and Healthcare Science Education and Training is also available on the NSHCS website.

Please note: If you are interested in Reproductive Science,  a tour of the department in Manchester will take place in December (date still to be confirmed) Please e-mail admin@mahse.co.uk for further information.

Cohort 5 HSST Induction

On Wednesday 17th October, we welcomed 49 of our new Cohort 5 HSST trainees and over 25 workplace supervisors to The University of Manchester Innovation Centre (UMIC) for the programme induction.

In the morning, representatives from the NSHCS gave presentations on learning and assessment in the workplace, the training plan and OneFile. We also welcomed George Burghel, a Cohort 1 Life Sciences: Genetics trainee and Chris Baker, a Cohort 2 Medical Physics:Imaging trainee to share their experiences of HSST thus far.

At lunch, there was a networking opportunity for delegates and information stands for the RCPath, NSHCS, MAHSE, Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester. MAHSE Lay Representatives and Prof. Brendan Cooper, President of the Academy for Healthcare Science were also in attendance.

In the afternoon, programme directors and programme administrators from The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University provided trainees and their supervisors with an introduction to Sections A-C of the DClinSci, the academic component of HSST. The day concluded with a Q&A session with the panel of speakers, questions and responses are provided below.

HSST induction networking

Presentations from the day are available below.

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


  1. Welcome and my experience of HSST – Dr. George Burghel
  2. An Introduction to HSST – Dr. Mike Thomas
  3. An Introduction to the DClinSci – Prof. Anne White
  4. The Training Plan: Best Practice – Theresa Fail
  5. Learning and Assessment in the Workplace – Dr. Richard Scott
  6. HSST and the e-Portfolio OneFile – Stuart Sutherland
  7. A HSST trainee’s journey – Chris Baker
  8. Introduction to Section A of the DClinSci – Dr. Nathan Proudlove
  9. Introudction to Section C of the DClinSci – Prof. Anne White
  10. Introduction to Physiological Sciences (UoM) – Dr. Kai Uus
  11. Introduction to Physical Sciences – Dr. Julia Handley
  12. Introduction to Life Sciences (UoM) – Dr. Rebecca Dearman
  13. The Royal College of Pathologists and the FRCPath – Joanne Brinklow

Q&A session

  1. Responses from the NSHCS
  2. SLIDO Questions for MAHSE and the universities from the Cohort 5 HSST induction

MAHSE Deputy Director Announcement

Macdonald, Phil - Photo (1)The Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) is pleased to announce that Dr. Phil Macdonald has been appointed as MAHSE Deputy Director and will lead on the STP provision within MAHSE. Phil will work with MAHSE Director Carol Ainley, and Anne White, the MAHSE Deputy Director (HSST). Carol Ainley said “Phil has been involved with MAHSE for many years in his role with STP Blood Sciences and I’m looking forward to working with him in his new role as MAHSE Deputy Director”.

Phil has been MSc Clinical Science (Blood Sciences) Programme Director since 2014 and was previously a Senior Clinical Scientist within the NHS. Phil said of his appointment “I’m looking forward to this unique opportunity to work in MAHSE with colleagues across Universities, the NHS and other external stakeholders. I’m keen to carry on with the excellent work that has already been done and I hope to bring further developments and innovations to the programmes to ensure we continue to offer vital training for healthcare scientists around the country”.

‘What Research Means to Me’ photography competition exhibition and awards

Manchester Clinical Research Facility would like to invite people to come and celebrate the ‘What Research Means to Me’ photography competition exhibition and awards 2018 at 6.30pm Monday 19th November 2018.

Health research often starts from the need to improve peoples’ wellbeing – by finding a cure for an illness, or a way to improve a condition or treatment.

As part of the NHS at 70 celebrations the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility is asking people to share their photographs showing what clinical research means to them and they want to share the images submitted.

The informal night will celebrate and showcase the shortlisted entries from the photography competition. It’s a chance for you to grab a cup of tea and cake and enjoy the images and learn about the ways people’s lives have been touched by health research and the treatments that they produce.

To book your tickets visit:


It’s not too late to enter!

The winning entry will receive £300 and a framed print of their image. Winning photo’s will be displayed at the Manchester Clinical Research Facility.

For information on how to enter please follow the link below:


The closing date for entries is 9th November 2018. Entries submitted after this point will not be accepted. The winners will be announced on the 15th November 2018.

STP Applications open in January! – get some tips and advice from experienced trainees


Check out the STP Perspectives Blog  for some great tips and advice on STP application process and how to make your application stand out.

STP Perspectives is and independent blog ran by trainees already undertaking the programme.  This blog is a great resource for potential and current trainees and will become an invaluable mechanism for trainees to share info and support each other.

3 months until STP applications open!


‘What research means to me!’ – Photography Competition with £300 up for grabs.


Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust introduces What research means to me –  a photography competition for budding photographers of all abilities to celebrate healthcare research in Manchester 2018 with £300 up for grabs for the winning entry.

In order to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, the competition aims to to reflect on one of the greatest gifts people can give; taking part in healthcare research. This is a great opportunity to celebrate healthcare research and its role in shaping the NHS today.  That’s why anyone interested in healthcare research is invited to enter images that show what health research means to them.

The winning entry will receive £300 and a framed print of their image and there will also be a runner-up prize of £100 and certificates for those who are highly commended. Winning photo’s will be displayed at the Manchester Clinical Research Facility.

The closing date for entries is 9th November 2018. Entries submitted after this point will not be accepted. The winners will be announced on the 15th November 2018.

Click here for details on how to enter  and for full T&Cs of the competition 

Photography Competition: ‘What research means to me’

Good Luck and Enjoy!


MAHSE Deputy Director Announcement

Anne WhiteThe Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) is pleased to announce that Prof Anne White has been appointed as a MAHSE Deputy Director and will lead on the HSST programme provision with MAHSE. Carol Ainley, MAHSE Director said “I am delighted that Anne has joined the MAHSE team as Deputy Director. She has been very effective in leading the DClinSci aspect of the HSST and will work with the NSHCS to take this programme forwards.”

Anne has been working with MAHSE on the DClinSci programme since Summer 2017 and we are looking forward to working closer together in future. Anne said of her appointment “I am very committed to this important goal of training Healthcare scientists to gain the skills to achieve a professional doctorate. The trainees are exceptionally bright and very committed to their aims of becoming future leaders in Healthcare.”

Anne’s appointment follows MAHSE’s decision to appoint two Deputy Director posts given the expansion of programmes within MAHSE. The other Deputy Director post will have a focus on the STP programme provision within MAHSE, and an announcement concerning this appointment will be released in due course.

What does the trainee do as part of the Masters course? (Reproductive Science)

The Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) asked Reproductive Science STP trainees ‘What does the trainee do as part of the Masters course?’

The following paragraphs have been written by past and present Trainee Healthcare Scientists about the Master’s in Clinical Science (Cellular Science) from Manchester Metropolitan University. Trainees were asked to write a couple of paragraphs describing what they have had to do for the Master’s course and what they like about the course.

Karimah Douglas – Trainee Healthcare Scientist – Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Coventry – Year of Intake: 2015

In addition to the exams, critical reviews and reflective reports, I have produced a range of presentations that have allowed me to learn from my peers, and gain confidence when presenting to a group. I recently prepared a presentation with the title ‘Infections and Infertility’, whilst other colleagues presented on topics such as ‘Obesity and Infertility’ and ‘Environmental Contaminants and Infertility’. We have all produced presentations for a journal club this year. I discussed artificial oocyte activation in ICSI cycles using surgically retrieved sperm. This encouraged me to explore the process of normal fertilisation and how we can attempt to mimic this in vitro.

The lectures are interesting and thought provoking, and they are not always based on the scientific knowledge we hope to gain during the course. A lecture given by an infertility counsellor challenged me to consider the psychological impact of going through fertility treatment on a deeper level. Additionally, a visit from some patients gave me an insight into the patients’ perception of the process, and a talk given by an ethicist highlighted the complexity of a range of important issues. This was helpful when I was writing one of my favourite assessments of this academic year – an ethical review. I chose to explore an international surrogacy case, and this lecture helped me to think about the case from many different positions.

The Masters course has been dynamic and has complimented my clinical training well. I am looking forward to my final year of study.

Laura Luxon – Trainee Healthcare Scientist – Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Coventry – Year of Intake: 2015

The Masters course that runs alongside the STP training is taught from Manchester Metropolitan University, with visits to the university throughout each year of training. The lectures are very useful as they coincide with your progression as a trainee, providing knowledge of both current research in the field and explanations of clinical procedures. I particularly enjoyed many of the guest lectures on topics such as history and current knowledge of embryo metabolism, and the talks by different members of the clinical team that helped me to understand what happens outside of the IVF laboratory. We also received a visit from a couple who had treatment previously, who explained the emotional rollercoaster of the process and opened our eyes to the patient experience.

One of the best activities in our last year of the Masters was the opportunity to practice different clinical scenarios with patient actors such as breaking bad news or explaining treatment processes and outcomes; this experience was really useful when I returned to the clinical setting and I could use the skills I had practiced in my role at work. Throughout the Masters course I was also able to develop my presentation skills regularly. We were tasked with giving presentations on patient case scenarios, problem resolution, journal clubs and presenting our project work to our peers and academics. These sessions were useful for my own development as I could take on a wealth of feedback. Overall I’ve found the Masters course a great accompaniment to my clinical training on the STP.

Jack Pearson – Trainee Healthcare Scientist – Leeds Fertility – Year of Intake: 2015

The Masters course I currently undertake at Manchester Metropolitan University builds the foundations for the practical work and decisions I make as a trainee Embryologist. The first year covered basic biology, genetics, reproduction professional practice, communication and ethics. This was delivered as 6 weeks at Uni and assessed by multiple choice exams and essay submissions. We also performed group presentations on broad aspects of biology such as novel testing of breast cancer genes involved in diagnostics, giving and receiving feedback from our fellow trainees and academic staff. So far the second year has involved more detailed study of reproductive biology and how an understanding of this enables the functioning of the IVF clinic. Topics include reproductive physiology, male and female infertility, semen analysis, stimulation protocols and all of the techniques within the laboratory. Exam questions asking what the pros and cons to using IVF/ICSI are, when to use different stimulation protocols and the causes of male and female infertility were then set. In the second year of the Masters course we also had the opportunity to meet patients and discuss their journey with them.

This has been by far the best part of the course as we had the chance to hear a reflection about their experience and how it could be improved without being in the clinic, which can be a sensitive and anxious environment at the time of treatment.