Welcome to TSET

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Last Updated on Friday, 04 February 2011 16:38 Written by Administrator

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The Technical Specialist Education and Training Group was originally founded to address manpower issues for the various pharmaceutical technical specialist roles in the NHS, the Group has developed a vital role in identifying training requirements and stimulating the provision of targeted education programmes.

The Group was initially a joint working party of the NHS Pharmaceutical Production, Quality Control and Radiopharmacy Committees and contains representatives of linked organisations.

Current linked organisations include NHS Education and Development Committee, PTQA Administration, British Parenteral Nutrition Group, British Oncology Pharmacist Group and other specialists from Academia, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

STEMNET Activity News & TSET committee members become STEM Ambassadors

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Last Updated on Monday, 11 April 2011 15:44 Written by Administrator


Last night (6th April 2011) STEMNET hosted a dinner and strategy discussion at the Wellcome Trust in London. Attendees included STEMNET Board members, Executives and STEMNET Heads of Department. Also present were Prof Michael Sterling (STEMNET Chair) and the STEMNET President, Lord David Sainsbury

Four additional guests included the Head teacher of a London Secondary School, the Principal and Chief Executive of a London College of Further Education and two London based STEM Ambassadors. Rachel Dixon was privileged to be one of those invited.

This was an opportunity to look to the future and discuss how STEMNET could best provide valuable support to young people, teachers, employers and funders, plus share feedback from valued partners such ambassadors and STEMNET users.

There was interesting and thought provoking debate throughout, which was to be fed back into a strategy meeting the following day.

This was a wonderful opportunity to talk about the activities and plans of TSET members who are engaging with STEMNET and input into it's future.

Following the lead of Alison Beaney, several TSET committee members have also become STEM Ambassadors and they have all commenced activities in schools up and down the country.

STEMNET’s STEM Ambassadors programme aims to increase young people’s choices and chances through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). STEM Ambassadors are volunteers who are passionate about working with teachers to help give students a fresh perspective on these subjects and to engage their interest and imaginations in new ways. Teachers can invite these enthusiastic and inspiring role models working in STEM related jobs into school or college to support activities and clubs, judge competitions and awards, and act as role models through mentoring or giving careers guidance and talks.

Alison has recently been invited to be a judge in a recent ‘Big Bang’ event in association with STEM and Rachel Dixon has already completed events involving seven primary schools. Gill Risby- TSET secretary, is also currently liaising with international experts in school outreach, to help TSET develop innovative new school science events.

Such is the success of the teams involvement in STEM, Rachel was selected to be the London-East case study in a STEM Publication sent to schools in the South East.


World of Work Day

Rachel is a Chief Pharmacy Technician at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and is a specialist in the world of complex tailored medicine preparation in sterile environments. She wanted to get involved with the STEM Ambassadors Programme to promote this perhaps lesser known career path within pharmacy, and more importantly to help young people to understand science better and get the most from the subject. Through this programme she can demonstrate the significance of what is being taught in school and ‘show it is not some boring bit of theory that will never be used, but is dynamic, exciting and relevant in the real world. This is science in action!’