CSO programmes

The Office of the CSO are delivering various programmes across emerging science and innovation, quality improvement and system wide projects. Find out more about how these are driving the contribution of science to health to ensure the NHS can deliver its Constitution commitment to work at the limits of science:

Emerging science and innovation

The Office of the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) contributes scientific foresight and professional knowledge, skills and expertise to the development of leading edge science and innovation in the NHS as part of the five year forward view. As the Senior Responsible Officer for Genomics, the Office of the CSO work with the 100,000 Genomes Project, a ground breaking and world leading initiative to decode the human genome, in people with rare diseases and cancer. This will help to predict the future development of disease, to make a diagnosis where one has not existed previously and to identify treatments where possible.

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 the public and patient involvement in the CSO programme and increase public awareness and engagement in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). As part of this we deliver national science outreach programmes – Healthcare Science Week and Reach out for Healthcare Science – and maintain strategic partnerships with the British Science Association, HEE, STEM NET, Welcome Trust and others to increase public awareness, engagement and input into emergent areas of NHS England policy.

Find out about Healthcare Science Week 2017.

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).

Take a look at the winners of the 2017 CSO Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme

For more details visit the National Physical Laboratory website.

Clinical leadership

Leadership is a key theme in the Five Year Forward View and has been identified across the system as a critical enabler of high quality care. To deliver the transformational changes the NHS seeks we need to focus, with our partners, on making better use of technology, further developing leadership and supporting scientific research and innovation.

The CSO, as head of profession for healthcare scientists, works to develop the professional capacity and capability to deliver whole system change through healthcare science leadership and advice.

CSO Leadership, Improvement and Advice Group

Clinical leadership is strengthened by the work of the CSO Leadership, Improvement and Advice (LIA) Group, which brings together key leaders from across the system to ensure healthcare science can be at the forefront of transformational change.

Lead Healthcare Scientists

The Office of the CSO are also working towards the provision of local healthcare science leadership by identifying Lead Healthcare Scientists in all provider organisations to share, develop and support learning. This strong leadership network will influence for healthcare science services across the local health and care system and to local, regional and national networks.

CSO Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Fellowships

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.


NHS England recognises that quality improvement is critical to achieving world class, patient focused, safe, effective and efficient healthcare. Accreditation is one of the tools which provides assurance of standards, supports patient safety and ensures consistency of the quality of services and care that is delivered.

Read the ICEPPS joint statement.

The Accreditation Masterclass Slides are now available on NHS Networks.

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 CCGs 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.