Who we are
The CHS builds a unified identity of academic healthcare science by representing the interests of the sector. We work to improve and maintain quality in healthcare science education and training. Academic healthcare science comprises life sciences, clinical physiology, medical physics and clinical engineering.
The CHS itself is made up of senior members of the academic healthcare science team. All Vice Chancellors have been invited to nominate a senior member of their team to the Council and at the start of 2013 there were over 45 members.
The work of the council is also informed by two special interest groups made up of staff involved in the delivery and implementation of the Modernising Scientific Careers programme. The Practitioner Training Programme Special Interest Group brings together and delivers the BSc-level programme, and the Scientist Training Programme Special Interest Group brings together the providers of the MSc-level programme.
The CHS aims to represent the collective interests and views of academic healthcare science by:
Being the principal source of informed opinion and advice on all matters concerning healthcare science eduction
Actively championing and promoting the unified concept and profile of academic healthcare science within the higher education sector
Enabling focussed and strategic discussion on healthcare science issues, including academic career pathways, capacity and capability building in research, innovation, education and training
Ensuring that the higher education sector influences and is informed of developments and opportunities in healthcare science education, research and innovation
Advising the Chief Scientific Officer, her equivalents in the other UK Health Departments and her counterpart in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and through them, Ministers, on the implications of education policies for healthcare science and of healthcare science policy for the Higher Education sector
Providing a point of reference for the media and other interested external stakeholders