The Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) is frequently held up as a model of best practice for the delivery of healthcare science education.
Established in 2012, the aim was to consolidate and expand existing collaborations between Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan and Salford Universities and partner NHS Trusts that underpin the delivery of Clinical Science Master programmes, the academic component of the NHS Science Training Programme (STP).
The team comprises of enthusiastic and dedicated programme leaders from the partner Universities; a Director and Deputy Director, responsible for overseeing the collaboration and quality of programmes; an e-learning team, developing cross-university innovative technology-based teaching and assessment materials; an effective patient forum, headed by two lead lay representatives, all ably supported by an administrative team, led by the MAHSE manager.
Impact of work
As the largest provider of these commissioned programmes, Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education has graduated 279 students into clinical science.
This unique and highly successful collaborative approach is based on mutual respect and collegiality. It ensures that students on healthcare science masters programmes are part of a community of practice which provides the best possible education, combined with an excellent student experience. The partnership draws on the academic and clinical expertise of seven universities and over 40 NHS Trusts, selecting the best available to facilitate student learning. Inter-disciplinary teaching is encouraged ensuring minimal duplicated effort and an enhanced student experience. Student outcomes are excellent, both in terms of class of award, familiarisation with inter-disciplinary working and employability.
The success of the MAHSE team is achieved through careful planning, inclusion of all and a recognition of the importance of shared understandings of academic responsibility. The team further technology enhanced learning through continually sharing best practice. They have persisted in successfully embedding patient and public involvement across all provision and consulted with a wider group of universities to enable them to do the same.
The collaborative cross-institution approach developed by MAHSE has afforded a number of benefits such as innovative educational provision, students experiencing varied learning environments provided by the partner HEIs and facilitating the sharing of good practice between the MAHSE programmes and beyond.
Building on this success and working with existing and new partners, MAHSE is now taking their collaborative ‘best practice’ approach to the delivery of the DClinSci as part of the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme.