NHS England, in partnership with the National Measurement System (NMS), the government funded body that maintains the UK measurement infrastructure, has announced the winners of its first Chief Scientific Officer’s (CSO) Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme.
Dr Colin Baker, Head of Radiotherapy Physics at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust was delighted to be chosen as one of the successful applicants for the first programme, with his Knowledge Transfer Project – Advancing radiotherapy through enhanced imaging, treatment verification and outcome prediction.
Dr Baker commented: “Radiotherapy is a high technology healthcare service that frequently benefits from knowledge and technology transfer from academic research activity in mathematics, physics and engineering. The Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme will provide a great opportunity to network with scientists in research, industry, government and the NHS in order to identify emerging technology that has the potential to improve healthcare, whether through earlier diagnosis of disease or through improving treatments.
“I was thrilled to be offered a position on the programme and look forward both to developing research projects with the National Measurement System and benefiting from the programme's leadership skills training.”
The bespoke 12 month development programme gives clinical leaders in healthcare science the opportunity to create, test and implement innovative ideas to improve patient care and identify new approaches to measurement and outcomes.
The programme involves collaboration at a senior level with partner organisations across the UK’s National Measurement System (NMS) at leading centres of excellence in science and technology. It is designed to enable senior healthcare scientists to remain in clinical service whilst building long term partnerships between clinical, research and industry teams.
This collaboration and learning from other science led organisations is crucial to putting science and innovation at the heart of the NHS, delivering the next steps on the five year forward view and ensuring sustained improvements to scientific services for patient benefit.
Other winners included, Dr Rachel Carling, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Director of Service and Clinical Lead, Viapath, Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Bal Sanghera, Clinical Scientist, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital, and Dr Jason Cashmere, Consultant Physicist, Deputy Head of Physics, University Hospital Birmingham.
The four Associates will work with world class partner organisations and laboratories, part of the UK’s National Measurement System (NMS), which delivers traceable and accurate standards of measurement and calibration processes in science and technology.
During the programme which starts in July, the four winners will have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills through individual executive coaching sessions and participating in action learning sets and masterclasses provided by The King’s Fund, build their networks by joining other senior leaders and CEO’s at The King’s Fund annual leadership and management summit and speaking at next year’s Chief Scientific Offer’s Conference. The Associates will also become members of the Healthcare Science Leadership Improvement and Advice (LIA) Group and may also have an opportunity to become a scientific advisor to NHS England.
The winners were selected based on their track record of research and quality improvement and their potential to make a difference in their current and future area of specialism. The judging panel were impressed by the winners’ strong commitment to inspire the next generation of healthcare scientists.
Over 50,000 healthcare science workers are employed across the NHS and associated bodies which include more than 50 separate scientific specialisms. The work of Healthcare Scientists underpins 80 per cent of all diagnoses and they make a direct contribution to treatment routes in specialist services such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
3 July 2017