Board Meeting Summary – 24th June 2019

By Nana Mensah

The fourth LondonHCSTN board meeting of 2019 began with a big announcement. But we’ll save the best for last. First, a summary of the minutes.

The LondonHCSTN board applications are still open. There’s a persuasive list of reasons to join on our website, along with a link to the application form. Applicants will know shortly after the deadline (8th July) whether they’ve been successful. We’re trying to encourage more first year trainees to apply – You can help by simply sharing the link!

Haroon Chughtai represented the LondonHCSTN at the London Healthcare Science Workforce Group meeting last month. A key message was that Health Education England (HEE) are driving efforts to gather accurate workforce data on the number of healthcare scientists in London. On September 6th, we’ll be hosting a workshop at the London Healthcare Science Education Conference. The details are coming soon but in the meantime, applications are open. Spaces go fast.

We’ll be posting healthcare science facts to our social media platforms in the coming month. Our aim is to promote the work that healthcare scientists do to contribute to clinical services across the NHS. Anyone can get involved, so please email us to register your interest.

Third year STPs need no reminding that the OSFAs are coming up. We’re organising a big post-OSFA social for all London trainees. Keep an eye on future newsletters for details.

And the big announcement? Our co-chair Haroon Chughtai has been shortlisted for a HEE HEAT award for his improvements to training both in and out of his trust! Haroon and co-chair Stef Piatek, who recently won the NHS Healthcare Science Rising Star award, are coming to the end of their STP programmes. They’ll be missed and they’ve done an excellent job overseeing the events, socials and communications from the LondonHCSTN this past year.

The new board members will be inducted in August. But rest assured, we’ve been taking notes from our co-chairs all year.

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