CSO programmes

Emerging science and innovation


As the Senior Responsible Officer for Genomics, the Chief Scientific Officer works with Genomics England, which was set up to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project, , with the consent of participants and the support of the public, is creating a lasting legacy for patients, the NHS and the UK economy, through the sequencing of 100,000 genomes.

Please see the genomics page and Improving Outcomes through Personalised Medicine for further information.

Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) Engagement

The Office of the CSO aims to increase public awareness and engagement in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We deliver a national science outreach programmes – Healthcare Science Week, which takes place each year alongside British Science Week.

Find out more about Healthcare Science Week.

CSO Knowledge Transfer Partnership

The CSO’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme offers a unique opportunity for healthcare scientists to build long term partnerships between clinical, research and industry teams. The partnerships are with leading centres of excellence in science and technology through collaboration at a senior level with partner organisations across the UK’s National Measurement System (NMS).

For more details visit the National Physical Laboratory website.

CSO Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Healthcare Science Leadership Development Programme

The Chief Scientific Officer’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Fellowship is a career development opportunity for mid-career female healthcare scientists to gain valuable leadership experience. Each year, four fellowships are awarded which will include mentoring by senior leaders in the fields of healthcare, academia and industry, a place on the widely acclaimed WISE Career Development programme, with professional coaching sessions at the six and twelve-month stages of the Fellowship.

System Wide Programmes

Hearing Loss

The CSO is Senior Responsible Officer for hearing policy and strategy and for providing the oversight for the implementation of the cross-government Action Plan on Hearing Loss. As Head of Audiology services, the CSO is also working to support integrated care systems (ICSs) to implement the commissioning framework for hearing loss.

Action Plan on Hearing Loss

Commissioning Services for People with Hearing Loss: A Framework for Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Find out about World Hearing Day 2017

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Diagnostics

In support of the Government’s Mandate to NHS England’s 2020 goal to achieve measurable improvement in antimicrobial prescribing and resistance rates, the CSO team are leading on a programme of work to address the significant challenges of AMR through patient-centred, cost effective diagnostics that ensure the right test is available at the right place at the right time.

Read the Government response to the AMR review   

Home Oxygen

The CSO is Senior Responsible Officer Home Oxygen Services and ensures clinical leadership, strategic oversight and governance to the Home Oxygen services across England and Wales.