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New brochure highlights the breadth of healthcare science contribution


New brochure highlights the breadth of healthcare science contribution

The national CSO Quality Improvement Champions Group (QIC) has produced a brochure of case studies to promote the healthcare science contribution to transforming services for patient benefit.

The healthcare science workforce provides the scientific backbone of NHS and public health services, working across the four divisions of laboratory (pathology) sciences, physiological sciences, physical sciences and engineering and bioinformatics. Their work underpins 80% of all diagnoses and they make a direct contribution to treatment pathways, particularly in specialist services such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

NHS England’s ambition is to ensure the delivery of high quality care for all, now and for future generations. Scientific and diagnostic services are central to this ambition, not least through supporting the delivery of the

NHS Five Year Forward View. We need to influence and work with patient groups, commissioners and providers to co-create new models of care, and operational priorities and change enablers to drive efficiency and transformation.

As part of NHS England, the Chief Scientific Officer’s team (CSO) leads on a range of key priority areas:

• driving forward the commissioning of high quality, innovative patient-centred diagnostic and scientific services to support the delivery of new models of care and the Five Year Forward View

• providing leadership and scientific input to specific projects that will deliver improved, sustainable care for patients

• developing the professional capacity and capability to deliver whole system change

• providing broader scientific and diagnostic leadership and science based intelligence.

‘The Forward View into Action: Planning for 2016/17’ is clear on the approach to be taken to partnerships and planning, creation of new relationships with patients and communities, co-creation of new models of care, and operational priorities and change enablers to drive efficiency and transformation.

The new national CSO Quality Improvement Champions Group (QIC) brings together key healthcare scientists from across the country who are delivering change right here, right now to support the New Models of Care national programme for NHS England. The group is chaired by Keith Pearce (Consultant Cardiac Physiologist, UHSM) and Fiona Carragher, Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, represents the CSO Prof. Sue Hill OBE.

The CSO QIC group have produced a brochure of case studies to promote their contribution to transforming healthcare science services out in the community and ultimately improving patient care please share widely with all your colleagues.

We know there are many more examples out there so please get in touch so we can add your examples to our library. If you would like to join this national expert panel as a QualityImpr ovement Champion or if you would like to work with this group if you are a Vanguard Site please contact: Helen Liggett, Scientific Lead for Quality Improvement (CSO team ) NHS England helen.liggett@srft.nhs.uk