Call for female healthcare scientists to apply for leadership scheme

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Female healthcare scientists are invited to apply for NHS England’s prestigious leadership development scheme, aimed at mid-career healthcare scientists. The aim of the scheme is to develop leaders and increase their impact within their Trusts and beyond.

Led by Professor Dame Sue Hill DBE, NHS England’s Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) for England, the CSOWISE Healthcare Science Leadership Development Programme for NHS England scheme provides support for 32 healthcare scientists over 12 months through a leadership development programme that includes mentoring alongside communication and leadership skills training.

In addition, successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend the Chief Scientific Officer conference and become WISE role models, helping to inspire the next generation to follow in their footsteps.

The initiative was launched in partnership with WISE – the campaign for gender balance in science, technology and engineering, on International Women’s Day at the NHS England Chief Scientific Officer’s Annual Conference.

The 2019 scheme was formally announced by Professor Dame Sue Hill who said: “Ensuring our healthcare system operates at the limits of science, this 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.” She called the initiative “a unique opportunity to inspire the next generation of female healthcare scientists to gain leadership, knowledge and experience”. In support of the WISE campaign, she has taken on the role of WISE Lead Ambassador, working in collaboration with a team of female leaders to encourage women and girls to value and pursue science, technology, engineering and maths.

Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive, WISE, said: “The ripple effect of the WISE Fellowship has surpassed all expectations. We are delighted to be expanding the number of women involved in the programme. We look forward to using their stories to inspire more girls to see how choosing scientific subjects at school can lead to a career where they will make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Applications are open now. The deadline is noon on 10 May.