STP Research Day 2019

previous arrow
next arrow

On Thursday 13 June 2019, MAHSE held the 6th annual STP Research Day at etc.Venues, in Manchester.  The event was the biggest to date, attended by over 210 trainees and delegates. The main purpose of the event is to give the final year trainees an opportunity to showcase and celebrate their contribution to research within healthcare science and, this year, the programme included poster presentations from 20 students and talks from a further 9 students, all from a range of disciplines.

First prize for the student presentations went to Genomics trainee, Sarah Graham, who conducted research into a genetic test to improve the treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia, and the first prize for the posters went to Cardiac Science trainee, Jennifer Pilling, showing how she investigated the correlation between patients with Diastolic Dysfunction and Diabetes Mellitus.  For more information about the prize winners please see our previous post.

To listen to the presentations given by the trainees please click on their names below:

Verity Leach
Genomic Counselling
The highs and lows: Views on consanguinity following genetic counselling in English speaking South Asians in the UK North West.
Rebecca Graef
The Video Head Impulse Test: Should head angle be considered when assessing the dizzy patient?
Nicholas McCarthy
Clinical Immunology
DFS70 Antibody Testing: Avoiding red herrings in the diagnosis of Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease.
Haroon Chughtai
Clinical Bioinformatics – Physical Sciences
Scaling Up Safety: My Journey Into Patient Safety Informatics.
Sarah Graham
A genetic test to improve the treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia.
Adil Elahi
Cardiac Science
The use of Echocardiography to differentiate between Supraventricular and Ventricular Tachycardia.
Sally North
Genomic Counselling
Interpretation of genomic variants in rare disease patients from the 100,000 Genomes Project – perspectives of clinicians and clinical scientists in the Oxford Genomic Medicine Centre.
Kathryn Clarke
Haematology and Transfusion Science
Around the world for a shortcut – An International collaboration to develop a more streamlined diagnostic test for Haematological Malignancies.
Stefan Piatek
Clinical Bioinformatics – Genomics
A novel approach to multi-site studies, and complications of ethical approval.

As well has hearing all about the high quality research of our trainees, MAHSE was please to introduce some very high-profile guest speakers, both of which gave inspirational talks focused on  career development and looking to the future.

A keynote given by Allison Lang, Publishing Director of the BMJ, provided a whistle stop tour into the world of publishing, giving advice and encouragement for all trainees to think about publishing their work, as well as how to continue building upon their early career research, even beyond their MSc project.

You can view Allison’s slides here or listen to the recorded talk below:

At the end of the event we heard an inspiring talk from Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, Angela Douglas, who spoke about the CSO Conference which ran in March 2019, which followed a theme of ‘Leading the Future to 2030’. Angela talked about the STP trainees as the future leaders in healthcare science and encouraged them to get involved with influencing policy and delivery of healthcare in the future.

You can view Angela’s slides here or listen to the recorded talk below:

Feedback from the event shows that trainees found both the guest talks to be motivational and they valued the opportunity to network with their peers. As show in the feedback quotes below, delegates continue to be impressed by the range and standard of the research being undertaken and enjoy the celebratory atmosphere surrounding the event.


MAHSE Academic Achievement Awards

The MAHSE team would like to say a big ‘well done!’ to our graduates, across all of the programmes.  Congratulations to you all for completing your programmes and we hope you have been enjoying yourselves at gradation, celebrating with your peers, friends, and family.

Image result for graduates

Given the exceptional performance of many trainees under MAHSE, each year we like to award prizes to the top scoring trainees across our programmes.

For the STP Programme, not only is the top performing trainee of each specialism provided with a special commendation but furthermore, the top 3 performing trainees across all of the STP pathways are given a MAHSE Academic Achievement Award and a prize.

This year the top performing trainees among all our 2019 STP graduates are as follows:

1st Prize Lucy Jackson MSc Clinical Science (Genomic Sciences) – Genomics
2nd Prize Stefan Piatek MSc Clinical Science (Clinical Bioinformatics) – Genomics
3rd Prize Laura Davies MSc Clinical Science (Clinical Pharmaceutical Science)

Similarly, the top performing student from each specialism within the PTP programme also recieves a MAHSE Academic Achievement Award and a prize and this year are 2019 PTP winners are as follows:

Aamina Noorgat BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology)
Chloe Doyley BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences)
James Michael Vernon BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Life Sciences)

This is an outstanding achievement and one which we hope are winners will be justifiably proud of. Congratulations!


STP Research Day – Congratulations to our prize winners!

On Thursday 13 June 2019, MAHSE held the 6th annual STP Research Day at etc.Venues, in Manchester, which was attended by over 210 trainees and delegates.

The programme included poster presentations from 20 students and talks from a further 9 students, all showcasing research projects from a range of disciplines, as well as a keynote delivered by Allison Lang, Publishing Director of the British Medical Journal.  Prizes for the top performing students on the day were awarded by guest speaker, Angela Douglas, Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England.

The MAHSE team would like to thank all of the students who took part in the event this year.  Without the trainees’ commitment and professionalism the event could not be a success, and all of the research presented was of an exceptionally high quality.

A full right up of the event, including recordings of the presentations, will be available on the MAHSE website shortly, but in the meantime we would like to introduce you to the prize winners of the STP Research Day 2019:

Prize winners 2

Left to right: Nicholas McCarthy, Lizzie Orr, Sourima Biswas Shivhare, Carol Ainley (MAHSE Director), Phil Macdonald (MAHSE Deputy Director for STP), Sarah Graham, Angela Douglas (Deputy CSO for NHS England), Rebecca Graef.


1st Prize

Sarah Graham (Genomics): A genetic test to improve the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

2nd Prize

Rebecca Graef (Audiology): The Video Head Impulse Test: Should head angle be considered when assessing the dizzy patient?

3rd Prize

Nicholas McCarthy (Clinical Immunology): DFS70 Antibody Testing: Avoiding red herrings in the diagnosis of Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease.


1st Prize

Jennifer Pilling (Cardiac Science): An investigation into the correlation between patients with Diastolic Dysfunction and Diabetes Mellitus.

(Jennifer was unavailable at the time of the photo above)

2nd Prize

Lizzie Orr (Clinical Pharmaceutical Science): Investigating a Rapid Method of Preservative Efficacy Testing with Non-Sterile Oral Liquids.

3rd Prize

Sourima Biswas Shivhare (Reproductive Science – Embryology): Can artificial intelligence boost chances of success in IVF?



Discover more about the innovation process – visit our new Service Improvement & Innovation Hub

Do you have an idea that will improve and innovate your healthcare service?

Want to know how to initiate and implement an innovation project?

Innovations enable healthcare professionals to deliver better services, leading to more positive outcomes for patients and vital improvements in the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery as well as advancing the personal and professional development of those involved in undertaking such projects.  The Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE), with the support of the Health Education England (North), have launched a new website that will guide healthcare scientists through the most important stages of developing and implementing an innovation project.  The site features a Roadmap that takes healthcare scientists step by step through the processes of reviewing service provision, exploring ideas for service improvement/innovation, project planning, obtaining support, piloting and launching the project, disseminating outcomes and finally, evaluating the project.

You can also access useful resources to help you carry out your innovation project and can visit the site to keep up to date with news related to innovation within the healthcare sciences.

Find out how you can contribute to service improvement and learn about the knowledge and skills needed at each stage of the innovation process by visiting

Section C Project Proposal Masterclass for HSST Cohorts 4 and 5 – 28 February 2019

On Thursday 28th February, HSST trainees from Cohorts 4 and 5 attended a project proposal masterclass in Manchester.  The event began with lunch and networking for trainees to meet with their university programme teams. All trainees then attended a talk on how to plan their research project which was delivered by Prof. Anne White (MAHSE Deputy Director for HSST and UoM HSST Academic Director).

University of Manchester trainees went onto a session lead by Dr. George Burghel (Cohort 1 HSST Genetics trainee) and Natalia Diaz Burlinson (Cohort 3 HSST Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics trainee) who shared their experiences of planning their own research projects. Dr. Rebecca Dearman (UoM Life Sciences Programme Director) then provided trainees with information on what is expected of the project proposal and Section C overall.

Manchester Metropolitan University trainees attended a session lead by Dr. Garry McDowell (HSST Lead for MMU) and Dr. Nina Dempsey-Hibbert (DClinSci Haematology pathway lead) on how to develop a research project.

Recordings and presentations from the day are provided below. Please note that the content of the below presentations and recordings is subject to change, any updates will be posted on the MAHSE website.

For all trainees:

Planning a Research Project presentation and recording – Prof. Anne White

Manchester Metropolitan University trainees only:

How I developed my Research Project presentation and recording  – Drs. Garry McDowell and Nina Dempsey-Hibbert

University of Manchester trainees only:

Please note that the below content is predominantly aimed at UoM Life Sciences trainees:

  • How I developed my Research Project recording
  • How I developed my Research Project presentation – Natalia Diaz Burlinson (recording timings:0:00:00 – 0:53:17)
  • How I developed my Research Project presentation – Dr. George Burghel (recording timings: 0:54:47 – 1:09:59)
  • UoM Life Sciences Cohorts 4 and 5 Section C presentation – Dr. Rebecca Dearman (recording timings: 1:20:18 – 1:41:39)

If you have any queries, please email

Cohorts 4 and 5 DClinSci Section C Project Proposal Masterclass

Date: Thursday 28th February 2019

Time: 12:00 – 16:00 (registration opens from 11:30)

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

In response to feedback received from trainees in Cohorts 4 and 5 of HSST, we will be running a Section C Project Proposal Masterclass for Clinical Bioinformatics, Life Sciences and Physiological Sciences trainees in both cohorts. Please note that a separate event is being organised for Physical Sciences trainees by their programme team during the Section B modules which you will receive further information about in due course.

The programme for the event can be found here.

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

Please note that attendance at this workshop is optional and we apologise for giving you less than six weeks’ notice. We will endeavour to record the sessions so that you do not miss out if you cannot attend. Non-Life Sciences trainees are reminded that you are able to speak to your programme director about Section C when attending Section B modules.

If you have any questions, please email

Cohorts 1 and 2 DClinSci Section C Workshop – January 2019

On Thursday 10th January, we welcomed over 40 trainees, academic and workplace supervisors from Cohorts 1 and 2 of HSST to a day of workshops and sessions held in Manchester.

Professor Judy Williams, Deputy Associate Dean for Staff Development and Director of the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development at The University of Manchester, delivered workshops for the trainees on planning a paper and writing a thesis. Academic and workplace supervisors attended a session delivered by Professor Anne White, Academic Director for HSST at The University of Manchester and MAHSE Deputy Director for HSST, on their role in supporting their trainees and the examination process of the thesis. Trainees also had the opportunity to meet with their supervisors to discuss their individual projects.  Following lunch and networking, there was a Q&A session with a panel comprising programme directors, programme administrators and Dr. Mike Thomas, NSHCS HSST Lead and Professional Lead for Blood and Infection Sciences.

Podcasts and presentations from the day are provided below.

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

For trainees


Planning a paper


Writing a thesis


Giving a professional talk

  • Presentation (unfortunately, due to time constraints, this presentation was not delivered on the day)

 Section C guidance for Cohorts 1 and 2 (UoM only)

For supervisors


The Role of the Supervisors

Q&A session with Programme Teams and NSHCS

Podcast and video

Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Rebecca Dearman (Life Sciences -UoM)

MAHSE STP Open Day – January 2019


On Tuesday 8 January 2019, the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education held it’s biggest Open Day yet, where over 300 prospective trainees attended to find out more about the Scientist Training Programme (STP). The event focussed on the MSc Clinical Science courses available at Universities in the Manchester area, which form part of the STP.

General information about the STP Programme

The MAHSE Director, Carol Ainley spoke about the role of a healthcare scientist, what the STP involves  and which MSc Clinical Science programmes are available in Manchester.

CCVRS Sciences Programme Director, Martin Stout, then talked through and provided advice and tips regarding the application process, which is run entirely by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS).

A current STP trainee, Jamie Osborne  from the North West Healthcare Science Trainee Network Board, spoke about what it is like to be a trainee on the STP, and talked about his personal experience of the application/interview process and also about his time on the programme to date.

A podcast recording for the above talks is available here: (click on the talk titles below for the slides relating to each talk)

Programme Specific Information

After general talks, prospective trainees then had the opportunity to attend talks with Programme Teams from particular programmes they have an interested in.  This was an opportunity to get more information about a specific specialisms and to ask more programme related questions

Resources from the Programme talks are available below:

Blood Sciences

(Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Immunology, Haematology & Transfusion, Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics)

Programme Leaflet

Programme Presentation

Cardiac Science, Critical Care, Respiratory and Sleep Science

Programme Leaflet

Cellular Sciences

(Histopathology, Reproductive Science – Andrology, Reproductive Science – Embryology)

Programme Leaflet

Clinical Bioinformatics

(Genomics, Health Informatics, Physical Sciences)

Programme Leaflet

Programme Presentation

Clinical Pharmaceutical Science

Programme Leaflet

Programme Presentation

Genomic Sciences

(Cancer Genomics, Genomics, Genomic Counselling)

Programme Leaflet

Programme Presentation


Neurosensory Sciences

(Audiology and Neurophysiology)

Programme Leaflet


Reconstructive Science

Programme Leaflet

Programme Presentation


Tours of Local NHS Trusts

In the afternoon, attendees had the opportunity to sign up to one of ten tours to local NHS hospitals.  These tours allowed prospective trainees the chance to meet current trainees and staff within specialism departments, providing valuable insight into the workplace aspect of the programme.

Other useful resources for STP Applicants:

Applications for 2019 entry opened on Wednesday 9 January and will close at 5pm on Friday 8 February. For information about applying to the STP, please visit the NSHCS website.

If you have any questions, please email

**Please note that the content of the presentations, documents and podcasts within this blog is subject to change, any updates will be posted on the MAHSE website**



MAHSE Christmas Closure 2018

The MAHSE admin office will be closed from Friday 21st December 2018 until Wednesday 2nd January 2019. 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 a happy Christmas and all the best for 2019!


2019 Healthcare Science Awards open for nominations

Nominations for the 2019 Healthcare Science Awards are now open. The Healthcare Science Awards, now in their 13th year, celebrate the tremendous contributions and achievements of the healthcare science workforce and the impact they have on patient outcomes, by championing inspiring case studies of quality improvement, innovative partnerships and pioneering service delivery. The deadline for applications is 14 January 2019 and the ceremony will take place during the two day Chief Scientific Officer’s Annual Conference on 7th – 8th March 2019. You can find more information on the application process, including categories and criteria, on the NHS England website.