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AHCS Newsletter Jan 2014

Vox: January 14

Welcome to Vox - The membership newsletter bringing the latest information and updates from the Academy for Healthcare Science, together with news from across the healthcare science profession.

Interested in going through STP Equivalence? - Let the AHCS know

With the Equivalence processes up and running, The Academy is currently assessing the level of demand for Equivalence at Scientist Training Programme level. 

If you are considering Equivalence at STP level (and are NOT currently on a Modernising Scientific Careers STP programme) then please fill in our quick Expression of Interest form. More details and guidance can be found on the Equivalence pages of the AHCS website.


Last call for the AHCS Practitoner Register consultation event

The Academy is holding an open consultation event around the proposed Standards for the Register of Healthcare Science Practitioners in London on 19 Feb 2014. Please respond by 4 Feb if you wish to attend.
You can still have your say on the Standards by going to the online consultation at


Update on PSQIP project, and presentations from the stakeholder event

The Physical Sciences and Engineering Quality Improvement Project was formally launched at a stakeholder event on 9 January 2014 which brought together the AHCS, IPEM and speakers from the Royal College of Physicians and the UK Accreditation Service. 
Read an update on progress on the project and download the presentations from the event.


Get your colleagues to sign up to Vox - and share your own news

If you have a colleague who would like to have this newsletter emailed to them as soon as it comes out, please get them to sign up via the AHCS website or by going to

If you want to read previous editions of Vox, then they are all available via the AHCS website at

If you have news that we can help to share across the healthcare science profession, please do send details to

All the news from the Academy of Healthcare Science can be found at


From around Healthcare Science

HEE publishes 'Scaling the Heights' document - setting out Higher Specialist Scientist Training

Health Education England have published the document setting out how Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) will operate for Healthcare Science, including setting out the 19 specialisms which will have curricula from April 2014.
Scaling the Heights: An overview of Higher Specialist Training in Healthcare Science describes the HSST programme will work, including the role of the Academy around HSST certification, registration and equivalence. 

Pathology Quality Assurance Review report published

The independent Pathology Quality Assurance Review, has published its report making 8 recommendations, including the setting up of a new Oversight Group on pathology quality assurance to be led by NHS England. The report is supported by NHS England, the Chief Scientific Officer, Health Education England, the National Clinical Director for pathology together with the Royal College of Pathologists and the United Kingdom Accreditation service.

Hold the date for #LTO14 - the CSO Leadership Event

The Office of the Chief Scientific Officer has announced that it will be holding #LTO14 (Leading and Transforming Outocmes) - its national Healthcare Science leadership event - on 31 March and 1 April 2014 at the Grand Connaught Rooms, central London. We will share more details as soon as they are available.

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