18 / 12 / 2012
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust has been actively involved in promoting healthcare science careers both internally and with the wider community for a number of years. The initial driver was National Pathology Year, which the trust was keen to promote from a biochemistry angle and in doing so, liaised with other disciplines including microbiology, virology and histopathology.
What we did
Throughout 2012, in support of National Pathology Year, the trust has carried out various events, lab tours, workshops, radio interviews, and internal seminars to highlight the various strands of pathology to both the public and existing staff. The trust's healthcare science promotions have also featured in the local press.
In March 2012, a pathology workshop was delivered at Knowsley College, organised by MersySTEM as part of National Healthcare Science Week. This was an opportunity for the departments to take the laboratories to the students, and engage them with activities such as glucose monitoring and infection control.
Back in May, the histopathology department organised a cancer screening day and mortuary tour for undergraduate medical students. In June, clinical biochemistry organised a laboratory tour for hospital staff and exposed them to the central role pathology has in patient care.
Pathology lab tours for school students have been provided throughout 2012 to spread word about the work of pathology in local schools and encourage students to think about a career in healthcare science. The trust has also carried out local schools visits supported by their Scientist Training Programme student, where they presented the role of pathology in healthcare.
To end the year, the trust held a pathology event 'Pathology: a science behind the cure' organised and facilitated by the pathology department to celebrate 50 years of The Royal College of Pathologists. Members of staff throughout the hospital were invited and the event helped to raise their awareness and knowledge of the various pathology specialities, as well as providing them with a flavour for what goes on behind the scenes and the team work involved. A series of talks were delivered by senior pathologists, focussing on the transition from intensive manual techniques of the past to the modern automated laboratories we have now.
Further information can be found on the trust’s National Pathology Year 2012 poster and the I love Pathology website.
The trust has produced two films which capture the day in the life of pathologists. The videos show scientific staff demonstrating what happens to their blood sample when tested as well as an introduction to viral infections and demonstration of how quickly/easily they can spread. Available on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwZRKM7lGgQ and http://youtu.be/g09adjRLEmc they show dedicated healthcare science staff in a light hearted and interesting way.
Results and next steps
The organisation plans to continue promoting careers in healthcare science and is currently looking at ways to support National Healthcare Science Week in 2013.
The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest and busiest hospital trusts in the North of England, with an annual budget exceeding £400 million.
It delivers services across two sites and three hospitals, the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital and Liverpool University Dental Hospital and employs more than 5,500 people.
Each year the Trust sees more than half a million people in its outpatient department and deals with around 150,000 emergency patients and day case admissions. It is one of the top teaching trusts in the UK with well-established links to the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and international institutions too. In 2013 work will begin on a new £450 million state of the art Royal Liverpool University Hospital. www.rlbuht.nhs.uk.
Dr Mishra, Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust, firstname.lastname@example.org