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.

Registration now open for MAHSE STP Open Day!

The registration link to the MAHSE STP Open day is now open!!!


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


The event is designed to help you find out more about the Masters in Clinical Science programmes offered by MAHSE. These programmes are the academic component of the STP.


As well as learning more about the application process, there will be the opportunity to meet with the programme teams to discuss the specialisms in greater detail. There is also 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


In the registration form please indicate which programme talks you would like to attend and also if you would like to attend a tour of a local NHS Trust.


IMPORTANT: Attendance at the open day, programme talks and tours will be allocated on a first come first served basis so please complete the registration link at the earliest convenience.  Once your form has been submitted the team will then contact you to confirm your place at the event and your allocation to any programme talks or tours.


PLEASE NOTE:  There is a separate Reproductive Science event on Wednesday 19 December 2018, which includes a tour in this specialism. If you are interested in this event, please e-mail:


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 

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 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 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!