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Scientist/Pharmacist Commissioning Event

The East Midlands Strategic Healthcare Authority (and formative organisations) have worked in collaboration with service leads for the scientist workforce over a number of years in order to strengthen the communication and workforce planning for scientists from across the East Midlands.  There now exists a comprehensive network of scientist leads and professional advisory group, which has strengthened the communication and partnership working.  This has resulted in an annual, specialist, scientist commissioning event which takes place in the summer of every year.  This event brings together key leads from across the East Midlands in order to understand and address local and national healthcare scientist issues.

This years event had over 50 representatives from scientists, pharamcists and workforce leads who considered those issues impacting on the specialist  workforce; the existing workforce within the East Midlands, training capacity and predicted demand.  The output from this event will be to inform commissioning of Scientist Training Programme (STP) for 2012/13.  We also looked at Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) need and the development of Bands 1-4.  

The output from this event will be sent out to service leads for further clarification over the next few weeks to include considerations on the impact on practice in accommodating the rotations etc.

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