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Next Thursday Hospital Laboratory Staff Across the UK Are Celebrating the Vital Role of Biomedical Science in Healthcare

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Biomedical Science Day is taking place on Thursday, 8th June, as the UK celebrates the biomedical laboratory staff #AtTheHeartOfHealthcare. Hundreds of NHS hospitals and private healthcare laboratories up and down the country will be participating and holding events to mark the day.

For the seventh year in a row, Biomedical Science Day is the biggest annual celebration of biomedical scientists and laboratory staff, with hundreds of laboratories organising events in their local hospitals or schools to raise awareness of their vital work. You can follow hundreds of events and social media takeovers on the #BiomedicalScienceDay2023 and #AtTheHeartOfHealthcare hashtags.

President of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Debra Padgett comments: “It’s going to be an amazing Biomedical Science Day. The IBMS recently took over the Harvey’s Gang initiative, so we hope to see many children’s lab tours taking place this year. They are a great way of empowering young long-term patients and helping laboratory staff put a face to the name they see on their samples.”

IBMS Chief Executive David Wells comments: “ Biomedical Science Day is how we tell the world who we are, what we do and why we matter. This year, we’re holding a speaking and networking event at Parliament and have many MPs, and government staff committed to attending. Key IBMS members and staff will highlight our members’ vital work, communicate their concerns and suggest policies and strategies to help alleviate the workforce crisis and NHS backlog.”

Diagnostic activity is a fundamental part of over 85% of clinical pathways in the UK.

Biomedical scientists and laboratory staff handle over 1.5 billion samples in the UK annually, providing other healthcare professionals with essential scientific information that allows them to make informed clinical decisions.

The work of biomedical laboratory staff also ensures that blood stocks are adequate at critical times, blood is matched to the right patients, patient conditions and their chemical changes are accurately monitored, and diseases are investigated – by analysing tumour samples and micro-organisms.

No day in a healthcare laboratory is the same, and the work involves frequent and incredible leaps of innovation – all ensuring the right test for the right patient at the right time.

To protect public safety, anyone practising as a biomedical scientist must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and continue to meet their standards.

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