Academy for Healthcare Science ACHS
Inaugural Annual Congress
8-9 December 2014
Passionate for patients, passionate about science Royal College of General Practitioners, London
Amanda Williams and I arrived at this beautiful venue and wondered why we were there and if there was any relevance for the MAA? We had only just registered when the CEO, Ms Janet Monkman welcomed us to the Congress and hoped we enjoyed ourselves.
The first speaker was Andy Reid, a triple amputee. What a remarkable gentleman! We heard his story of his life in the army until he was blown up in Afghanistan after stepping on an IED plate. He astounded people with his recovery and rehabilitation. He explained how scientists had helped him with their technical expertise in providing a different prosthesis for all his needs. New arms for riding a bike, blades for running and new legs to take his daughter to the park amongst the help he received. All provided by dedicated scientists.
The remaining talks in the morning were very interesting as different scientists presented their ideas for ‘healthcare science at the cutting edge’ and all working together as a group but keeping their identity. There are 50,000 healthcare scientists with over 50 different services. After a very nice lunch we interacted with fellow delegates and looked at all the poster displays. Oh, what a shame that some of them do not use Medical Illustrators to present their work in a professional, readable and presentable manner! The theme for the afternoon session was about whether we should employ scientists who are on the accreditation register or not? Rick Borges is the Accreditation Manager for the Accredited Register Programme and at present there are approximately 18 groups who have already received their Accreditation. It is this programme that CAMIP will be using to get Accreditation for Medical Photographers, Medical Artists and Illustrators.
From the poster sessions, five were chosen to give oral presentations from their abstracts. After tea we had a presentation on 3D printing. Dr Veronique Sauret-Jackson showed us how they were being used in surgical procedures – amazing technology showing wonderful outcomes. Amongst the examples one was for facial disfigurement. Their model was produced from scans and from that the prosthesis was prepared for the surgeon.
In the evening we attended an Awards Dinner. Excellent food served in wonderful surroundings. Sir Duncan Nichol CBE, Chairman of the Academy Board spoke passionately about his commitment to providing ‘one voice’ on behalf of the many organisations covering the professions allied to medicine. The second day included several workshops, which were all based round quality assurance, achieving equivalence and what clinical scientists will be doing in the future. All in all an excellent conference and I was very pleased to attend.