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The Healthcare Scientist Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme

Driving innovation through measurement science to help support a world-class healthcare system

Would you like to be at the forefront of making scientific innovation an intrinsic part of delivering a world-class healthcare system?

  • 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.

Applications are now closed.

The Healthcare Scientist Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme Round 4

The Healthcare Scientist (HCS) Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Programme offers a unique opportunity for healthcare scientists from across the UK 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 eighteen month programme is designed to enable senior 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.


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Programme themes

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
  • Measurements and Standards - including standardisation, accuracy, reproducibility and reducing uncertainty

Applicants will be selected based on demonstrable research or quality improvement expertise and the quality and feasibility of the project. Key to this will be applicants proposed area of scientific engagement and how this aligns with the long-term strategic plans for the UK healthcare system and the partner organisations priorities. 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 eighteen-month programme.

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What does the programme offer to healthcare science staff?

The programme offers the opportunity to:

  • Collaborate at a senior level with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and partner organisations that collectively deliver the UK's National Measurement System (NMS); The National Measurement Laboratory (NML) hosted at the Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC); The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
  • 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.
  • Engage at a national level through membership of appropriate structures as agreed by the relevant Chief Professional Officer.
  • Professional speaking and ambassadorial opportunities.
  • Input into the UK's NMS research programmes to help ensure they provide benefit to the UK health system and address key clinical challenges.

We appreciate ideas may be at an early stage of development. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact

The selection process will include an application form and an interview. Applications are now closedInterviews will be held virtually between 19th February - 1st March 2024.

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