National recognition at Healthcare Science Awards for LCL’s Head of Modernising Scientific Careers

National recognition at Healthcare Science Awards for LCL’s Head of Modernising Scientific Careers

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Dave Eccleston receives award from Professor Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer photo credit: NHS England

10 March 2017

Dave Eccleston was awarded the Chief Scientific Officer’s Equality and Diversity Leadership Award, at the 2017 Healthcare Science Awards ceremony in London this week. As Head of Modernising Scientific Careers, Dave was recognised for his innovative and inclusive approach to the traineeship programme offered to young people in Merseyside, by Liverpool Clinical Laboratories.

The Healthcare Science Awards celebrate the diversity of contributions healthcare science makes to the NHS and patient care through leadership, clinical research, technological innovation and communicating science to the public.

On winning the award Dave said:

‘We are working very hard in Liverpool to make careers in healthcare science accessible to everyone, regardless of their background and we’ve designed our traineeships to be inclusive for students of all abilities, including those with learning disabilities.

My job is to ‘modernise’ scientific careers and part of that is to find new ways of working; recognising that not everyone wants to go straight into college or university after school. Offering traineeships and apprenticeships give us the opportunity to support talented and passionate young people to reach their potential.

Partnering with Wirral Met College and Liverpool in Work has helped us engage young people who might not have necessarily considered a career in science and we’ve had applications from all over Merseyside.

This is just the beginning for LCL traineeships, our first group of students have already started their clinical placements and our second cohort is due to start in April. We’re very excited about the future; it’s an honour to accept this award on behalf of LCL and my colleagues.’

Jane Mills, Chief Operating Officer for Liverpool Clinical Laboratories, said:

‘I’m delighted that Dave has gained this award and recognition from the Chief Scientific Officer of the NHS for his work in support of traineeships. I remember myself, as a school leaver at 16 feeling uncertain about getting a job or going to college and this scheme is part of an emerging strategy for us to provide opportunity for 16-24 year olds in Liverpool.’

Liverpool Clinical Laboratories traineeship programme is now full for 2017. For more information, please contact lcl.communications@liverpoocl.nhs.uk