Healthcare Scientist of the Year 2015 - Angela Douglas

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Angela Douglas of Liverpool Women’s Hospital was winner of Healthcare Scientist of the Year in the 2015 Healthcare Science Awards.

Healthcare Scientist of the Year 2015 - Angela Douglas

The citation for Angela Douglas read:

 

Angela Douglas, a Consultant Clinical Scientists, has worked in the NHS in Genetics for more than 35 years, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and the Scientific Director of the Cheshire and Merseyside Genetics Laboratory Service, at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.  Angela has worked in the Genetics Service at Liverpool Women’s Hospital for 17 years and in that time has been a Trust Senior Manager, Staff Governor, and Vice Chair of the Trust Governors Board, all of which overlapped maintaining a lead clinical role of a growing Medical Genetic Service. Angela was the last Chair of the Association for Clinical Cytogenetics (ACC) and was instrumental in bringing together the two Professional Bodies, the ACC and the Clinical Molecular Genetic Society (CMGS) into one Professional body, the Association for Clinical Genetic Science for the UK (ACGS), for which she was the first Chair. In September 2012 Angela was nominated as the Vice Chair of the British Society for Genetic Medicine (UK) and became the elected Chair in September 2013 a position she still holds. Angela was a member of the working groups (Service Delivery, Innovation and Bioinformatics) of the Human Genomics Strategy Group (HGSG) that provided the evidence and recommendations for the DH Genomics Review in 2012 and the Governments 100,000 Genome Project and continues to work with the group to ensure their recommendations and the Project are delivered. Angela represents Cheshire and Merseyside on the Medical Genetics Clinical Reference Group ensuring equity, access and appropriate commissioning of Genetic Services for the population of Cheshire and Merseyside.  After having chaired the Cheshire and Merseyside HCS Network for many years, Angela was appointed to the position of the NW Scientific Director and Lead Scientist, leading all three of the NW Healthcare Science Networks, since 2010, and works with NHS England, Health Education England, the Academic Health Science Networks, supporting the 51 Healthcare Science disciplines across the NW and having a National role to ensure safe and sustainable Healthcare Science Diagnostic Services across England. But that is not why we are nominating her, on top of all this, Angela lead a successful bid to make the NW Coast a Genomic Medicine Centre entity for the 100,000 genome project. She used her leadership skills, scientific reputation and genomic knowledge to bring together, across the landscape, all the key genomic players, from the AHSN, to translation research in our HEI’s across the NW coast, and the genomic industry partners, to ensure that through the NW Coast GMC we will address the variation in diagnostic testing, raise the standards of genomic services in the NHS and improve the outcomes for patients across the NW Coast.  Angela gave us the vision to believe we could do this and the inspiration to keep going when we thought we would never get through, and has made us all dare to believe we have a Genomic offering that can match any of the best in England.