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Implementing Modernising Scientific Careers

The Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) Programme is complex and ambitious in its scope, and involves a large number of partners.  Although primarily a career framework through an education and training programme for healthcare scientists, it delivers many more benefits than just to scientists.  Healthcare Science, and the commissioning of healthcare science education is not currently widely understood, so communicating about this will also be a key part of the work.

The overarching aims are to help all parties in its implementation deliver a positive step change in the professional perception of the benefits of Modernising Scientific Careers, and manage risks.

In the East Midlands we are beginning to develop Health Care Scientist (HCS) networks, which will greatly aid the cascading of information and messages and now have a Lead Scientist in post for the East Midlands; Dr Jane Blower Consultant Embryologist at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. This new post, along with similar posts in the other nine SHAs is supported by Professor Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer at the DH, working to raise standards of patient care and safety, as well as the profile of the scientific community in healthcare. Jane will be working across the East Midlands and across the Scientific Divisions in her new role, and within the SHA structure will report to the Medical Director, Dr Kathy Mclean.

Jane’s role will include championing the delivery of the Modernising Scientific Careers programme. MSC will provide a training and career framework for healthcare science professionals that will help to establish a well-qualified and flexible workforce, meeting current and future service needs.  MSC will also provide a set of education and training standards for the whole of healthcare science. 

We aim to post information on this site, reporting learning's from the Early Adopter pilots and any papers that will ensure the smooth implementation of MSC into Trusts.