Board Lead – Healthcare Scientists

CSO WISE Fellow 2017/2018

Starting in Audiology as a trainee Michelle Foster obtained extensive experience as a Healthcare Scientist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. One of her responsibilities at the Children’s Hospital was to set up the apprentice scheme and training and mentoring the apprentices which transformed the workforce.

Michelle is now Head of Audiology Service at Leeds Teaching Hospital, leading a team of 25 Healthcare scientists and assistants to deliver high-quality Audiology services across Leeds. Michelle is a passionate leader who focuses on empowering everyone in her team to work effectively together to their full potential.

Michelle was one of the four Chief Scientific Officer WISE Fellows in 2017/2018. This prestigious fellowship has afforded Michelle opportunities such as a career development programme, coaching. It has also given Michelle opportunities to link wider to promote her passion. Inspiring others to consider science and Healthcare scientists as they work in many different roles to provide treatment and diagnostic services within the NHS. She has done may school events raising the awareness of the importance of hearing and communication. Hearing is linked to our ability to have meaningful relationships as it’s the key to communication and yet it still has a very negative stigma. Michelle passion to help promote families and people access to support so that they can stay connected to loved ones and not become isolated.

Michelle’s second passion is to empower people to become leaders and inspire innovation change and ultimately enhance patient pathway. She is currently initiating a Northeast Healthcare Science Network. The work of Healthcare Scientists is pivotal in addressing and driving forward the changes which will shape the future landscape of the NHS. This network will give Healthcare Scientists from the North East of England the opportunity to collaborate and steer the change required to shape the future NHS both locally and nationally.