Knowledge Transfer Partnership announced at CSO Conference ‘Bringing Science and Innovation to the Heart of the NHS’

NHS England will launch its first Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme, a 12 month development programme, aimed at clinical leaders in healthcare science at the Chief  Scientific Officer’s Conference today (7 March).

Successful applicants who secure a place will work with other leading healthcare scientists and build long-term collaborations across clinical, research and industry sectors, whilst identifying new approaches to measuring improved outcomes, ultimately for NHS patients.

Those selected will work with world class partner organisations and laboratories which are part of the UK’s National Measurement System (NMS). The Knowledge Transfer Partnership  programme will engage with three of the institutes that deliver the National Measurement System –  National Physical Laboratory (NPL),  LGC Ltd and National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC). The institutes delivering the National Measurement System are involved in a wide range of research activities that support medical science including cancer therapies, medical imaging, wound management, regenerative medicine and cell therapies, including validating new analytical techniques, reference standards, and metrology for cell and gene therapy and diagnostics for precision medicine, including genomics.

The twelve-month programme is designed to enable senior healthcare scientists to remain in clinical service whilst exchanging skills and expertise with NMS scientists to create, expand, test or implement innovative ideas to improve patient care.

During the programme which starts in July, the four successful candidates will  have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills through individual executive coaching sessions and participating in action learning sets provided by The King’s Fund, build their networks by joining other senior leaders and CEO’s at The King’s Fund annual leadership summit and speaking at next year’s Chief Scientific Offer’s Conference.  There may also be an opportunity to become a scientific advisor to NHS England.

Applicants will be selected based on their track record of research and quality improvement and their potential to make a difference in their current and future. The judging panel will also seek evidence of a strong commitment to inspire the next generation of healthcare scientists.

The Chief Scientific Officer’s Conference – themed, Bringing science and innovation to the heart of the NHS also heard keynote speeches from NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens and Professor Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer.  Up to 300 delegates are expected at the event, now in its second year, which  is being held at the state of the art Francis Crick Institute and hosted by writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry.

Professor Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer said: “I am pleased to launch the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme for Leaders in Healthcare Science and look forward to reviewing entries.  This conference is a great opportunity to address and thank all the healthcare science workforces across pathology and physiological science, medical physics, clinical engineering and bioinformatics.

“Their work underpins 80% of all diagnoses and they make a direct contribution to treatment routes in specialist services such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Their innovative scientific and medical research continues to support the delivery of the Five Year Forward View.  This fellowship is a unique opportunity for healthcare scientists to significantly expand their personal leadership capacity and influence. “

Over 50,000 healthcare science workers are employed across the NHS and associated bodies which include more than 50 separate scientific specialisms.

The conference will see a host of health care scientists and experts leading on a range of plenary sessions and panel discussions over the 2 days including:

  • The Vision for Healthcare Science at the Crick
  • Cancer
  • Science Delivering National Priorities
  • Personalised Medicine
  • The Importance of Digital Technology and Big Data
  • Population Health
  • Looking to the Future

The conference can be watched live online.

Information about the Knowledge Transfer Partnership and  the application form  can be downloaded from the National Physical Laboratory website.