13 / 12 / 2012
University Hospitals Bristol celebrated healthcare science week by holding a 'foyer event' for both staff and the general public.
The event aimed to raise awareness of the role of healthcare scientists in the NHS and the vast variety of careers available. With some 50,000 healthcare scientists in England alone, NHS healthcare scientists deliver almost a billion diagnostic tests every year and innovations in science and technology are opening up exciting new opportunities and roles. The trust invited people to go along to their stand to meet some scientists working in the trust and talk to them about the wide range of rewarding roles in healthcare science.
How we did it
The trust positioned the stand in the British Heart Institute foyer where it was frequently passed by staff, patients and members of the public. The stand was manned by healthcare science professionals from different science divisions who were available to answer questions regarding their roles.
Vascular scientists, medical physicists and various professionals from laboratory medicine were present to talk to visitors about their job role, explain the qualifications required and the recruitment and training pathways within their profession. They also provided a range of fact sheets and career leaflets available for visitors to take away with them.
Results and next steps
The stand was a success both with the public and professionals. The public were surprised at how many different professions exist within healthcare science and their own staff were too. The stand not only provided the opportunity for the promotion of healthcare science careers externally but also internally with existing staff and science professionals.
This was the first time the trust had run a healthcare science stand and there are plans to run another during Healthcare Science week next year between (15th-24th March 2013).
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust employs more than 8,000 staff who offer over 100 different clinical services across nine different sites. With services from neonatal intensive care to care of the elderly, the trust offers services to the people of Bristol and the South West from the very beginning of life to its later stages. It is one of the country's largest acute NHS Trusts.
Staff have developed leading edge services such as cardiac surgery and bone marrow transplantation that have built an international reputation and are in demand by patients from across the country.
With strong links to the University of Bristol and University of West of England, the trust is a major medical research centre in the region, contributing to the continual improvement of patient care.
Michelle Bonfield, Clinical Vascular Scientist Michelle.Bonfield@UHBristol.nhs.uk