Following a successful first year, NHS England has announced four new candidates for the 2018 Chief Scientific Officer’s (CSO) WISE Fellowship starting in September.
The programme is launched each year on International Woman’s Day and this year attracted over 50 applications from female healthcare scientists who will act as role models to inspire the next generation of scientists.
The Chief Scientific Officer’s WISE Fellowship Programme is a bespoke 12 month initiative, in partnership with WISE – a campaign for gender balance in science, technology and engineering.
Following a highly competitive selection process the successful applicants are:
- Sarah Cooper, Cardiac Physiologist, Royal Cornwall Hospital
- Gail Distefano, Radiotherapy Physicist, Royal Surrey County Hospital
- Nana Odom, Clinical Engineer, Royal United Hospital Bath
- Siobhan Taylor, Clinical Scientist –Histology, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation
Due to the high quality of applications, an additional one day leadership development opportunity, including expert coaching from WISE will be open to all applicants.
The Fellowship includes a career development programme, providing mentoring support, communication and leadership skills training starting in September 2018. In addition to allocated training, activity and network days, the fellows will attend both the WISE and Chief Scientific Officer conferences.
Professor Sue Hill OBE, Chief Scientific Officer for England, said the initiative was a unique opportunity to inspire the next generation of female healthcare scientists to gain leadership experience and showcase the wide variety of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) based careers within the NHS.
“I am proud to announce the 2018 Fellows. 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 Fellowship 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.”
Fiona Carragher, Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for England, said “The NHS has a proud history of scientific and technological advances in healthcare. This national initiative is not only a unique personal opportunity for our talented mid-career female healthcare scientists to develop into the leaders of the future but also provides a national platform from which to showcase the profession and inspire the next generation of scientists.”