Launch of the Healthcare Science Leadership Programme on International Women’s Day

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day was marked by the launch of the 2019 Women in Science and Engineering Healthcare Science Leadership Development Programme.

Led by NHS England’s Chief Scientific Officer, the CSOWISE Healthcare Science Leadership Development Programme provides support for 32 healthcare scientists over 12 months through a leadership development programme that includes mentoring alongside communication and leadership skills training.

The initiative was launched in partnership with the Women in Science and Engineering campaign for gender balance in science, technology and engineering.

The 2019 scheme was formally launched at the Chief Scientific Officer’s conference by Professor Dame Sue Hill DBE, Chief Scientific Officer for England who, in support of the WISE campaign, has taken on the role of WISE Lead Ambassador, working in collaboration with a team of female leaders to encourage women and girls to value and pursue science, technology, engineering and maths.

Professor Hill said the initiative was a unique opportunity to inspire the next generation of female healthcare scientists to gain leadership, knowledge and experience.

‘We are delighted to partner with WISE and launch this prestigious opportunity on International Woman’s Day for a fourth year. Science and innovation play a crucial role in patient-centred service transformation and are vital to delivering new frontiers in areas such as genomic medicine and tackling antimicrobial resistance. Ensuring our healthcare system operates at the limits of science, this programme recognises the significant contribution women make to technology and engineering, providing a global contribution to science in health and inspiring the next generation of scientists.’

Previous IPEM participants in the programme have been:

  • Dr Charlotte Kemp, Head of Specialist Scientific Physiological Services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the recipients of the very first scheme in 2016
  • Zoe Clarke, Assistive Technology Clinical Scientist at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in 2017
  • Gail Distefano, Principal Clinical Scientist at Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust, in 2018
  • Nana Odom, a clinical engineer at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, in 2018

Applications are now open and the deadline to submit is 10 May. More information on how to apply can be found here.

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Posted: Mar 8, 2019,
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