National Physical Laboratory

The Chief Scientific Officer's Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme for Leaders in
Healthcare Science

Programme for Leaders in Healthcare ScienceBe at the forefront of making scientific innovation an intrinsic part of delivering a world-class NHS

Work in collaboration with other leading healthcare scientists to speed up the identification and dissemination of high-value new approaches to improving patient outcomes and increasing efficiency in your service.

Build long-term partnerships and strategic networks with leading centres of excellence in science and technology.

The CSO's Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme, a brand new initiative, is now taking applications for 2017

The CSO's Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme offers a unique opportunity for clinical leaders in their field to build long-term partnerships between clinical, research and industry teams through collaboration at a senior level with partner organisations across the UK's National Measurement System (NMS).

Testing SamplesThrough facilitating early interaction and knowledge exchange, the programme aims to speed up the identification and dissemination of high value new approaches to improving patient outcomes and increasing efficiency, whilst promoting economic growth and inward investment in the life sciences (as set out in NHS England's business plan for 2016/17).

The twelve-month programme is designed to enable senior healthcare scientists to remain in clinical service whilst exchanging skills and expertise with NMS scientists to create, expand, test or implement innovative ideas to improve patient care.

Up to four successful applicants will be selected based on their track record of effectively leading their own service and demonstrable research or quality improvement expertise. Key to this will be the applicant's proposed area of scientific engagement and how this fits with areas of mutual interest between the NHS and the NMS. In addition, the judging panel will be seeking evidence of a strong commitment to using this opportunity as a platform for longer-term and larger-scale collaborations that go beyond the twelve-month programme.

What does the programme offer to leaders in healthcare science?

The programme offers the opportunity to:

  • Collaborate at a senior level with partner organisations that collectively deliver the UK's National Measurement System (NMS): The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), LGC Ltd and the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC).
  • Build long-term scientific collaborations between clinical, research and industry teams to successfully address health challenges and speed up the identification and dissemination of healthcare innovations
  • Advise at a national level through membership on the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer's NHS England senior advisory group.
  • Input into the UK's National Measurement System research programmes to help ensure they provide benefit to the NHS and address key clinical challenges.
  • Enhance their leadership skills through individual King's Fund executive coaching sessions and join other senior leaders and CEOs at The King's Fund annual leadership summit.
  • Critically explore and expand their research idea through a twelve-month programme of outcomes-focused master classes, action learning sets and mastermind sessions with topic experts and improvement colleagues at The King's Fund.
  • Professional speaking and ambassadorial opportunities and attendance at the National Chief Scientific Officer's Conference 2018.

The selection process will include an application form and an interview.

  • 26 April 2017 (midday) - closing date for applications
  • 23 and 24 May - interviews take place in London
  • Week commencing 5 June 2017 - winners announced

For more information and to apply please visit the following pages:

Partner organisations


NHS England

The Office of the Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England

Professor Sue Hill OBE PhD DSc CBiol FSB Hon FRCP is the Chief Scientific Officer for England. The Chief Scientific Officer is head of profession for the 50,000-strong Healthcare Science workforce. The workforce provides the scientific backbone of NHS and Public Health services, working across the four divisions of laboratory (pathology) sciences, physiological sciences, medical physics and clinical engineering, and bioinformatics.

The Office of the Chief Scientific Officer is situated within NHS England. It has a broad portfolio of professional activities incorporating cross-system advisory functions, commissioning, quality and assurance, clinical leadership, innovation and emergent technologies, and public engagement in STEM.

For further information about the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer, please see the CSO bulletin and NHS England website. For recent publications, please see Improving Outcomes through Personalised Medicine, National Commissioning Framework for Hearing Loss Services, and 100,000 Genomes Project.


The National Measurement System – providing confidence in innovation

The UK National Measurement System (NMS) provides the UK with an infrastructure of laboratories that deliver world-class measurement science and technology, and provide traceable and highly accurate standards of measurement. The UK invests in an infrastructure that enables measurements to be made with integrity and consistency by holding and maintaining internationally-recognised measurement standards and practices.

Good measurement enables scientific research to be quantified and reproduced, ultimately enabling the uptake of new discoveries and increasing the speed at which scientific consensus (for instance on the health effects of pollutants) is reached. The UK has a world-leading science base and measurement infrastructure that collaborate closely to both apply measurement to scientific research and develop new measurement approaches from scientific discoveries.

The NMS is delivered through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) by the UK's Measurement Institutes. In this programme, we will be engaging with three of the institutes that deliver the National Measurement System:

  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL) – the UK's National Measurement Institute, and a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available. NPL's measurements help to save lives, protect the environment, enable citizens to feel safe and secure, and support innovation in industry.
  • LGC Ltd – an international life sciences measurement and testing company with a history stretching back 175 years, providing reference materials, genomics solutions and analytical testing products and services. It is home to both the UK's National Measurement Laboratory and Designated Institute for chemical and bio-measurement and the Government Chemist.
  • National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) – a global leader in the characterisation, standardisation and control of biological medicines, assuring the quality of biological medicines worldwide through the provision of biological reference materials, by testing products and carrying out research.

How the NMS supports medical science

The institutes delivering the National Measurement System are involved in a wide range of research activities that support medical science. Examples include:

  • Cancer therapies, including traceability in radiotherapy and ultrasound, and new techniques for cancer detection and treatment
  • Medical imaging, including mass spectrometry for surface and interface analysis, biosurfaces and drug delivery systems
  • Wound management, including thermal imaging, tissue regeneration and wound size measurement
  • Regenerative medicine and cell therapies, including validating new analytical techniques, reference standards, and metrology for cell and gene therapy
  • Diagnostics for precision medicine, including genomics, bio imaging, and standardisation of tests, techniques and diagnostics
  • Improved clinical diagnostics - tools and structure to enable reproducible measurements
  • Infectious disease diagnostics and antimicrobial resistance control - improved assays and comparability/traceability
  • Big data - standards and guidelines for data accuracy and traceability.

For further information about the research and services offered by the NMS labs, take a look at their web pages:

The Kings Fund

The King's Fund

The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. Their vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all, and they are working to achieve this by:

  • Shaping policy and practice through research and analysis
  • Developing individuals, teams and organisations
  • Promoting understanding of the health and social care system
  • Bringing people together to learn, share knowledge and debate.

Drawing on its track record and expertise in leadership development and building collaborative leadership across health and care organisations, The King's Fund will deliver a three-tier approach to the leadership development of the Senior Healthcare Scientists:

  • Individual development
  • Outcomes focused development via action learning sets
  • A brainstorming session with The King's Fund QI Fellows as well as exposure to cross system leadership interaction via The King's Fund's network of senior leaders.

Frequently asked questions

Are there costs associated with this opportunity?

All aspects of the training will be covered. Reasonable travel expenses will be considered, where applicable.

Is this opportunity applicable to those who have had a career break or maternity leave?

The programme is open to all senior or consultant grade practicing Healthcare Scientists (registered) operating within a Trust or private provider of NHS diagnostic services in England, holding the following qualifications: an honours degree and MSc in a relevant subject (required); DClinSci, FRCPath or PhD (desirable).

How much time will I have to commit to the programme?

The CSO's Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme for Leaders in Healthcare Science includes attendance at six compulsory executive coaching and leadership development days. It is expected that a minimum of 10 days throughout the twelve-month programme will be dedicated to partnership working with the National Measurement System.

Can employees of NMS organisations apply?

The competition is open to all registered Healthcare Scientists operating at a senior level within a Trust or private provider of NHS diagnostic services in England. To avoid conflict of interest, eligible Healthcare Scientists employed by the NMS laboratories are excluded and may not apply for the positions.

My qualification is not listed

The qualifications mentioned are either required or desirable. You must have an undergraduate and master's degree in a relevant subject. The other qualifications mentioned are desirable; therefore, you may still apply if you have an alternative or equivalent qualification at this level.

NHS EnglandNPLLGCNIBSCThe Kings Fund 



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