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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.

Our aims

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

CHS constitution

 

 

​Where CHS is represented

The Council of Healthcare Science in Higher Education is represented at a national level across the healthcare science sector, we have listed where we are represented below:

Health Education England

  • Health Education England Healthcare Science Advisory Group: Professor Wendy Purcell, Chair, Council of Healthcare Science in Higher Education

  • Genomics Advisory Board: Professor Wendy Purcell, Chair, Council of Healthcare Science in Higher Education

Healthcare Science Implementation Network Group

  • Professor Wendy Purcell, Chair, Council of Healthcare Science in Higher Education

Modernising Scientific Careers Education and Training Scrutiny Group

  • Professor Pamela Vallely, University of Manchester

  • Dr Christopher Wigham, Swansea University

  • Professor Mark Lewis, Loughborough University

Foundation Degree Working Group / Foundation Degree Delivery Model Group

  • Dr Reg England, University of Central Lancashire

  • Dr Ruth Jackson, Anglia Ruskin University

Contact us

  • Council of Healthcare Science in Higher Education
  • Woburn House
  • 20 Tavistock Square
  • London WC1H 9HD
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7419 5430
  • Fax: +44 (0)20 7380 1482
  • Email: admin@healthcarescience.ac.uk

Secretariat

CHS is administered by a dedicated policy and support team.

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