05 / 3 / 2015 4.30pm
From the 13 to 22 March 2015, organisations up and down the country will be celebrating healthcare science and inspiring the scientific workforce of the future.
We know people still think the NHS is mainly made up of doctors and nurses. It really is time to bust this myth and help communities understand the integral role the healthcare science workforce has in helping to deliver modern patient care and the various entry routes and career opportunities available.
Find out what organisations have planned for Healthcare Science Week 2015 in our activity calendar.
How can I get involved?
There are lots of ways to promote healthcare science locally. How about:
- engaging your local media - write a blog, opinion piece, publish a case study or take part in a phone in session with your local radio station
- holding a foyer event, roadshow or open day in your hospital, display posters in busy areas
- give a presentation in your local school or college or invite some school and college students into your healthcare science department
- build relationships with local career advisors (do they know what a healthcare scientist does?)
- encourage your scientists to become healthcare science ambassadors and to spread the word and promote any activity through your social media channels using #hcsweek
What resources are available?
Lots! NHS Careers has a suite of free science career literature available to download from their website. They also have a new communication guide for trusts which full of suggested activities, myth busters, information on how to become a science ambassador, presentation ideas, draft press releases and articles for internal communications, good practice examples and where to find more information. For healthcare science ambassadors, there is a toolkit which includes presentation slides, a video, poster and leaflet along with real life stories.
NHS Employers has developed a bright new healthcare science poster which outlines the disciplines and a handful of specialisms. With key facts, including the size of the workforce, exciting opportunities and the links with patients, it can help you raise the profile and engage the scientists of the future.
If you would like to feature in the calendar, email email@example.com with a brief outline of your activity.