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Healthcare Science Regional Event Wednesday 20th April 2011

The NHS in partnership with NHS Improvement and NHS Employers held an event in the East Midlands on 20th April 2011 chaired by our Lead Scientist Jane Blower and attended by around 40 delegates. The event was focussed on the scientific community, arrangements for the future and links to the evolving landscape including: Regional priorities and the regional approach to leading and implementing change; Transition planning and what this means for healthcare science and healthcare scientists; Policy and service issues exploring how Healthcare Scientists as leaders can make a difference in putting together the new system architecture and benefits for patients as set out in the White Paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS and the accompanying consultation documents; Progress with implementation across a wide range of initiatives including Modernising Scientific Careers. This event was focussed on the frontline staff who will be delivering the new service on a day-to-day basis, supporting change in the system and developing strong local healthcare science professional communities The keynote speaker was the Chief Scientific Officer Professor Sue Hill, who provided an update on the national policy landscape. Other speakers included Anthony Kealy, director of Improvement and Efficiency at the SHA, Peter Rolland Head of Education Commissioning and Dr Steven Clay who spoke about GP Commissioning and changes to primary care. The afternoon saw a session of World Cafe, round table discussions where delegates had an opportunity to participate in discussions and feedback to the chair. We hope to publish a summary of these discussions shortly.

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