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Healthcare Science Week is a yearly opportunity to educate and excite people about the work of your healthcare science community and the vital role they play in patient care and treatment. It's important to think about enthusing and recruiting scientists of the future, developing the existing scientific workforce and encouraging innovation.
Healthcare Science Week 2016 took place from 11 to 20 March. Trusts typically have a stand in a public area of their hospital, give a presentation in a school or college, or invite some school and college students into one of their healthcare science departments.
Download the Healthcare Science Week 2016 poster for inspiration on how to get involved next year. Find out what other organisations had planned in our 2016 activity calendar and see all the social media activity in our Storify summary.
Health Careers also have a variety of information and resources including a helpful guide for trusts' and real life stories to use in schools and colleges and finally, download our poster which provides an at a glance summary of the four healthcare science disciplines, a selection of specialisms and some key facts to help promote these fantastic careers.
Become an ambassador
If you're not yet an NHS healthcare science ambassador but are enthusiastic about healthcare science, then you can get involved by signing up on the STEMNET (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) website - just look through the information under the ‘Ambassadors’ heading.
After that, all you will be committed to do is take just half a day a year to share your knowledge and enthusiasm for science in the NHS - and inspire the next generation of healthcare scientists! It’s not a big time commitment but it can make a big difference in your area, particularly to young people in schools and colleges.