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

Be 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 Chief Scientific Officer's Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme 2018

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) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Through 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.

The twelve-month programme is designed to enable healthcare scientists to remain in clinical service whilst exchanging skills and expertise with NMS experts to create, expand, test or implement innovative ideas to improve the quality of patient care (as set out in NHS England's business plans).

 

Programme themes

Up to 12 successful KTPs will be awarded within the following themes:

Novel diagnostics including point of care testing, biosensors, nanotechnology, diagnostic imaging and genomics

Advanced therapeutics including pharmacogenomics, ATMPs, synthetic biology, regenerative medicine and therapeutic imaging

Medical devices and digital health including assistive technologies, rehabilitation robotics, clinical decision support, informatics, digitisation and artificial intelligence

Clinical measurements and standards including standardisation, accuracy, reproducibility and reducing uncertainty

Accreditation including quality improvement and implementation of service accreditation

Antimicrobial resistance. In collaboration with the EPSRC Fast Assessment and Treatment in Healthcare (FAST Healthcare) Network, we are looking for a KTP proposal to support the reduction in antimicrobial use. The successful KTP will benefit from a dedicated FAST network workshop focused on AMR followed by the opportunity to expand their KTP further through FAST network seed-funding with the Engineering and Physical Sciences community.

Applicants will be selected based on their track record of effective leadership and demonstrable research or quality improvement expertise. Key to this will be applicants proposed area of scientific engagement and how this fits with areas of mutual interest between the NHS and the partner organisations. 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.

What does the programme offer to healthcare scientists?

The programme offers the opportunity to:

• Collaborate at a senior level with partner organisations that collectively deliver the UK's National Measurement Strategy; the National Physical Laboratory (NPL); the UK National Measurement Laboratory (NML) at LGC; the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC); and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

• 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 your leadership skills through individual King's Fund executive coaching sessions and join other senior leaders and CEOs at high profile leadership events.

• Critically explore and expand your 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 2019.

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We appreciate ideas may be at an early stage of development. For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please email to book a telephone appointment with Dr Alexandra Milsom, Personalised Medicine Scientific Lead at NHS England.

The selection process will include an application form and an interview. The closing date for applications is Sunday 15 April. Interviews will be held on 8 and 9 May in London.

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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.

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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.
  • LGC – UK National Measurement Laboratory (NML) and Designated Institute for chemical and bio-measurement. We deliver world-leading chemical and bio-measurement science (metrology) to improve quality of life, promote economic growth in the UK and ensure the sound basis for trade based on a harmonised international system of accurate and reliable measurements, through our state-of-the-art measurement capabilities.
  • 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:

• 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

• 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.

 

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

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UKAS

UKAS Accreditation within the health and social care sector provides reassurance to patients, commissioners and health and social care providers that the service that is being provided has been independently evaluated against recognised standards and has achieved a national mark of quality. Accreditation supports consistency in the quality of care, and provides a mechanism for measuring quality improvement with quality patient outcomes at its core

The influence and use of UKAS Accreditation in healthcare continues to grow across a wide range of areas including pathology laboratories, point of care testing services, imaging services, physiological sciences, adult care homes and dental providers. New areas of accreditation are currently being developed to cover medical physics and clinical engineering, and clinical service certification. Further information is available on the UKAS website.

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The EPSRC Fast Assessment and Treatment in Healthcare (FAST Healthcare) NetworksPlus

The EPSRC Fast Assessment and Treatment in Healthcare (FAST Healthcare) NetworksPlus is a network of academics with clinical, industrial and charity partners who are working to optimise treatment processes in public healthcare using an engineering methodology to develop practical solutions which can be realistically implemented.

The network facilitates clinically-focused workshops to allow clinicians to work with engineering and physical science researchers to develop roadmaps that marry clinical needs with technological capabilities. These roadmaps are used to create new research collaborations, supported through seed funding, 'Discipline-Bridging Initiator Projects' and 'Action Teams' to accelerate the transition from nascent research to a meaningful long-term programme. For more information about the network and for previously published roadmaps on cardiovascular disease and digital health please see the FAST Healthcare website.

 

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.


For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please email to book a telephone appointment with Dr Alexandra Milsom, Personalised Medicine Scientific Lead at NHS England.

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 healthcare scientist (registered) operating within a Trust or private provider of NHS diagnostic services in England holding the following qualifications: a 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 12-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 NMS laboratories are excluded and may not apply for the positions.

What if 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.

Is this information available in alternative formats?

This information can be made available in alternative formats, such as easy read or large print, and may be available in alternative languages, upon request. Please contact 0300 311 22 33 or email england.contactus@nhs.net stating that this document is owned by the Office of The Chief Scientific Officer, Medical Directorate, NHS England

Informal discussion

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please email to book a telephone appointment with Dr Alexandra Milsom, Personalised Medicine Scientific Lead at NHS England.

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