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Local Health Communities

This space can be utilised by the 5 local health communities as a one-stop-shop for communicating all things MSC. 

As a starting point below is a checklist for getting started on your MSC journey and to prepare for the next stage. MSC is an opportunity to refocus and re-energise the healthcare science workforce to meet the increasing demands of future healthcare delivery. NHS Employers has produced the following checklist which provides practical steps that employers should take to engage with, and support, the implementation of MSC.

· Identify a person as an MSC co-ordinator or lead and make sure he/she is known to the SHA MSC lead. You should also consider the membership of your project group.

· Ensure all stakeholders, including the board, staff and trade unions understand the aims and outcomes of the MSC programme.

· Ensure senior managers are on board with the transformation of healthcare science careers.

· Identify and locate all of your current healthcare science workforce on the electronic staff record (ESR).

· Undertake a full profile map of your current healthcare science workforce by age, specialism and skills profile.

· Undertake an analysis of work done by grade of scientist.

· Match your current workforce to MSC practitioner/scientist/ senior scientist/consultant roles.

· Review current use of skills and grades against current and future service requirements.

· Start discussions with PCT commissioners on innovative ways of delivering services and tendering for education in partnership with the SHA.

· Create skills profiles for new, more efficient care pathways and look at maximising opportunities with assistant and associate roles.

· Drive innovation in care pathways and location of delivery of care with senior-level scientists, engaging senior scientific staff to make the most of their existing knowledge and skills.

· Provide tools and support for workforce development and transformation, seeking input from clinical and non-clinical fields.

· Assess capacity to act as a training establishment, placement provision and capacity and quality of training provided.

· Develop future training and recruitment strategies for healthcare scientists.

· Develop the assistant and associate workforce, including clear pathways to qualified practitioner and scientist roles.

· Ensure current workforce is either regulated or part of a voluntary register, where available.

· Identify potential links with other local NHS providers in order to maximise opportunities for sharing knowledge and best practice, and broaden workforce development opportunities.