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Healthcare science advisory group

The Healthcare Science HEEAG works alongside HEE’s Strategic Advisory Forum (SAF) to provide strategic professional advice and expertise to HEE around in its work on workforce planning and education development.

Advisory group members

  • Sue Hill (Co-chair), NHS England
  • Chris Welsh (Co-chair), Health Education England
  • Ian Evans, UNITE
  • Chris Gibson, National School of Healthcare Science
  • Liz Hughes, Trainee (undergraduat)
  • Anisah Hussain, Trainee (undergraduat)
  • Keith Ison, Academy for Healthcare Science
  • Robert Julian, London North Consortium, Radiotherapy Physics, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre
  • Steve Keevil, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
  • Nick Kirk, Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
  • Linda Luxon, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC)
  • Christine McCartney, Public Health England (PHE)
  • Gwyn McCreanor, Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ACB)
  • Janet Monkman, Academy for Healthcare Science
  • Chris Morrell, National School of Healthcare Science
  • Vivienne Parry, Public/ Lay person
  • Wendy Purcell, Council of Healthcare Science in Higher Education
  • Mike Scott, The Royal College of Pathologists
  • Marc Seale, Health and Care Professions Council
  • Catherine Sinfield, Spire Healthcare
  • Ruth Thomsen, NHS England
  • Nicholas Watkins, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)

Meeting dates

  • 02 Nov 2013
  • 15 Apr 2014
  • 24 Jul 2014
  • 30 Sep 2014
  • 10 Dec 2014
  • 3 Feb 2015
  • 10 Jun 2015
  • 12 Oct 2015
  • 8 Dec 2015

Minutes from past meetings can be found in the related documents section below. For more information about this advisory group, please contact HEE.AdvisoryGroups@nhs.net.


Terms of reference

Meeting Venue: Portland House Meeting Rooms - secretariat will be provided by HEE’s Directorate of Education & Quality

Chairs: Co-chaired by CSO and HEE Director of Education and Quality

Frequency: 4 per year


  • Provide a short term (3-5 years) professional strategic view of the workforce planning and education and training development and quality management plans. 
  • Align the business of the HEEAG to enable HEE to meet its mandate and key strategic requirements across the profession for health, public and social care.
  • Support HEE in the short, medium and long-term in influencing decisions and policy concerning workforce planning and education for the non-medical scientific workforce at a national level.
  • To consider transformational developments in service provision and delivery, that are responsive to the changing needs of patients and local communities and the impact on the healthcare science (HCS) profession and their educational needs


  • To provide expertise and advice on strategic workforce planning and education development acrossthe profession.
  • To make profession-specific strategic recommendations to HEE in light of the Francis Inquiry and the requirements of HEE’s mandate.
  • To provide oversight on issues emerging from the profession.
  • Identify and promote best practice both in the UK and internationally to help support the work of HEE.
  • To support the work of the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum and Patient Advisory Forum by providing professional oversight at a national level.
  • Disseminate innovative and best practice initiatives


  • HEE’s Chief Executive through the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum (SAF)
  • HCS Implementation Network Group

Membership (approx. 20 including the Co-Chairs):

  • Co-Chair – HEE Director of Education & Quality
  • Co-chair – CSO
  • MSC Central team – one representative 2
  • Lead LETB (DEQ)
  • National School for HCS
  • Independent sector
  • Voluntary sector
  • Trainee (undergraduate)
  • Trainee (post graduate)
  • Patient
  • Lay representative
  • NHS England
  • Public Health England
  • NHS Blood & Transplant
  • IBMS
  • IPEM
  • ACB
  • RCCP
  • RC Path
  • Academy Medical Royal Colleges
  • Academy of HCS
  • Trades Unions
  • Council for HCS in HE
  • UK representative HEE


  • HEE Strategy Lead - Strategy and Performance
  • HEE Head of Strategy - Strategy & Planning
  • HEE Head of Operations & Development DEQ
  • HEE Education & Training Policy Officer


Other MSC team members only attend for specific items


The Group will:

  • be accountable to HEE’s Chief Executive and Board
  • meet 4 times a year for maximum of 2.5 hours and teleconference facilities will be utilised
  • be composed of two Co-Chairs - CSO and HEE Director of Education and Quality
  • will convene time-limited topic based working groups, drawn from a wide range of partners, to address key issue in detail
  • govern the Working Groups and request Groups to produce and present papers at meetings when and where appropriate
  • be supported by a secretariat provided by HEE’s Directorate of Education & Quality, who will be in attendance at meetings
  • have members who have a high level of credibility with their constituency and make an effective contribution to the work of HEEAG 3
  • invite external experts to attend meetings in order to contribute to specific agenda items, if necessary and as required
  • have a core agenda which is informed by the work of the strategic priorities for HEE, HEE Strategic Advisory Forum (SAF), HEE Patient Advisory Group (PAF), HEE LETBs
  • have a membership term of one year initially and where a member does not attend a minimum of 2 meetings a year, a replacement nomination will be requested Agendas Agenda and papers will be circulated 5 working days prior to the meeting. Minutes & Actions Actions from each meeting will be circulated 10 working days after each meeting date.

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