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05 August 2019

Healthcare Science Conference 2019 roundup

On Monday 1 July, scientists from UH Bristol took part in the 2019 Healthcare Science Conference in Bristol.

The conference was hosted by the South West Lead Scientist Network and was organised and led by Dr Diane Crawford, lead scientist and director of medical physics and bioengineering at UH Bristol. Over 200 delegates attended the free event which was held at the University of the West of England.

The conference was opened by Professor Dame Sue Hill, chief scientific officer for NHS England, who gave a presentation about NHS England's Healthcare Science Strategy. Deborah Lee, chief executive officer at Gloucester NHS Trust, closed the event with a presentation on healthcare scientists making a difference and inspiring others.

The list of guest speakers also included Professor Berne Ferry, head of the National School of Healthcare Science, Christina Quinn, director of the NHS South West Leadership Academy, and David Bennett, director of quality at the Academy for Healthcare Science.

As well as presentations, delegates attended a range of workshops focusing on topics such as ways of inspiring the next generation of healthcare scientists, how to engage with schoolchildren about healthcare science, workforce planning, achieving the right balance of skills within teams, and the role of apprenticeships in the future of the workforce.

A full list of the speaker and workshop presentations are available here.

Speaking about the event, Dr Diane Crawford said:

"It is a pleasure to be involved in events such as this. Healthcare scientists play such a vital role in the provision of services across the NHS. The South West Lead Scientist Network brings colleagues together from NHS Trusts such in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Plymouth, Cornwall, as well as experts from universities and other organisations across the entire South West.

"The network allows us to work together to share expertise and best practice, all for the benefit of patients, and days like today allow us to share this insight with professionals from all over the country.

"The day was a fantastic success. Delegates had great opportunity to gain insight from experts across a wide range of specialties, as well as to meet others working in the same field."

To find out more about the South West Lead Scientist Network, or for more information on careers in healthcare science, email