The Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) is a consortium of universities in the North West of England that deliver the academic components of the Practitioner Training Programme, Scientist Training Programme, and the Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme to healthcare science staff based in NHS Trusts across the UK.

In 2015 MAHSE was awarded funding by Health Education England (North) to develop a culture of research and innovation within the healthcare science community. The MAHSE Research and Innovation Project Team was then formed to create resources and initiatives that would enable healthcare science staff to engage in service improvement and innovation projects. Further details about the Research and Innovation Project can be accessed here.


Meet the MAHSE Research and Innovation Project Team


Professor Phil Padfield, Research and Innovation Project Co-Lead

Phil has over twenty years’ experience in higher education gained in the UK and USA. He has extensive knowledge of postgraduate education and was until recently Associate Dean for Postgraduate Taught Programmes for the Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester. Phil was the Director of MAHSE from January 2012, when it was first established, until May 2018, when he took up the position of Dean of Education for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.


Dr Garry McDowell, Reader in Clinical Science, Manchester Metropolitan University

Garry has a background in healthcare science, having worked as a Clinical Scientist in various Hospitals across the UK. His research interests are in diagnostics in Acute Coronary Syndromes, Heart Failure and Oncology.



Louisa-Jane Smith, MAHSE Project Administrator

Louisa is responsible for the project management and implementation of the MAHSE Research and Innovation Project and supports the MAHSE Directors with the development of initiatives related to expanding research and innovation in the healthcare sciences across the North West of England.