Chief Healthcare Science Professions Officer

Catherine Ross



Chief Healthcare Science Professions Officer
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

Catherine Ross is Scotland's Chief Healthcare Science Professions Officer.


The Chief Healthcare Science Professions Officer is responsible for:

  • overseeing the strategic direction for all health care specialist (HCS) professions services in Scotland
  • leading on international health issues from a HCS professions perspective
  • chairing the Healthcare Science Leads Group meetings, which provide strategic leadership for the Healthcare Science workforce

The HCS workforce is the fourth largest clinical group in NHS Scotland, consisting of scientists, practitioners and technologists who work across acute and primary care settings. It comprises more than 50 disciplines, for which the Chief Healthcare Science Professions Officer has a professional leadership and policy role.

The Chief Healthcare Science Professions Officer provides expert professional advice to ministers and government on all aspects of policy which impact on HCS education, research and practice.


Catherine is a clinical scientist and has worked in the NHS for over 25 years, having spent most of her clinical career specialising in cardiac ultrasound. She is a Chartered Scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Catherine has held a number of senior leadership positions nationally and internationally, having previously been Scientific Lead at NHS England. She has also served as the President of the Professional Body for Cardiac Scientists (SCST) and is currently the vice chair of the Science Council, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees. She is also a board member of the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions within the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), and is the chair of the Association’s Membership Committee, a member of the Scientific Programme Committee and of the European Society of Cardiology Taskforce on Allied Professionals.

Her professional interests include workforce, professional identity and research. She has also led and been involved in a number of STEM initiatives aimed at inspiring children, and in particular girls, to pursue a career in science.

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