Forthcoming Events

The Academy for Healthcare Science Dinner and Congress in Partnership with NHS Education for Scotland

6 and 7 December 2015

Deadline for registering: Friday 27 November 2015

The Academy for Healthcare Science Dinner and Congress in Partnership with NHS Education for Scotland 6 and 7 December 2015




Our constituency of many professions is no different to other professional groups, where the overarching characteristics are that;

One voice is stronger than many voices.

One voice is heard with clarity and resonance.

One clear message can be delivered when everyone shares it intention.

“One Voice” cuts across all our work as Healthcare scientists.

The Academy 2015 Congress will enable influencers, leaders and innovators to explore how our profession should build a robust, agile and articulate presence for Healthcare Science. Key questions at this year’s Congress explore how healthcare science’s leaders can contribute on wider platforms. ’One Voice’ shaped by Healthcare Scientists through the Academy will pave the future of our profession and enable us to achieve leadership presence across the NHS.

Key issues to be tackled at the Congress include:

  • What can we learn from other professional institutions or Royal Colleges in the way they engage with decision-makers or in the way they harness public opinion?
  • How and how much should we invest in influencing decision makers?
  • How do we select and prioritise key issues that must be championed?
  • Should we be pro-active or reactive to events?
  • How do we exploit and manage the media to ensure maximum impact?

As a UK-wide organisation, The Academy is delighted to come to Scotland and welcome colleagues from the four countries in exploring and shaping this next phase in our professions’ development.

The Congress format will set the scene with cutting edge issues around healthcare and then offer the opportunity to articulate Healthcare Science’s vision at regional, national and international levels. AHCS strategy will be largely influenced by its stakeholders, the professional organisations - we need to understand how that strategy should be implemented by planning the tactics through masterclasses with experts and debates about current issues.

This will begin to sketch out an approach to delivering “One Voice” for the profession.

After last year’s successful poster exhibition, this year’s invitation to present will be around the Congress’s key themes as well as hot topics in healthcare:

  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Quality Improvement
  • Seven Day Working
  • Innovation in Healthcare Science
  • Communicating your Science

If you would like to submit an abstract, please note:

1.  All presenting authors must be registered as delegates to the Congress

2. The abstract title should not exceed 20 words, and the text should not be more than 250 words. Figures and Tables may not be included in the abstract.

3. All abstracts must:

- state the specific aim or objective of the work

- state methods used, if relevant  

- summarize results obtained

- state conclusions reached

Please note that statements such as 'data will be presented' or 'results will be discussed' will lead to rejection.

5. Abstracts must be received by 9 November 2015 and sent by email to All abstracts will be reviewed by appropriate specialists appointed by the Congress Committee. Corresponding authors will be notified of acceptance by 12 November 2015.

So come on join us in Edinburgh for our Congress, that will be both convivial in the best Scottish tradition - and a productive day of debate.

This is an event geared to influencing healthcare science’s contribution to the Big Picture as well as offering networking opportunities and the chance to articulate and communicate the views of our profession.

Should you have any queries please contact:


The Academy for Healthcare Science Survey 2015

We should be grateful if you could complete a short survey.

The AHCS is the single overarching body for the whole Healthcare Science profession.

As part of their work, they are pulling together a briefing for policy-makers and opinion-formers about the key issues facing the profession at the moment.

This surveys ask you for information about the four biggest issues facing healthcare science at the moment.  The information will be pulled together in an anonymised report which will be used to inform their influencing activity.

To access the survey please click on the link below:  


Please see the Resources section for further details plus downloadable versions of the Congress Flyer and Programme.