Biomedical science staff at Barnsley Hospital Blood Sciences Laboratory are celebrating Biomedical Science Day on Thursday 11 June by promoting awareness of the high quality work and teaching the department offers.

Biomedical Science Day is a national event organised by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the professional body for Biomedical Scientists and laboratory support staff. The awareness day aims to inform the public and empower patients by telling them about practices in biomedical science, strengthen interdisciplinary team work and communication in hospitals and celebrate a profession that is at the heart of healthcare.

In its fourth year, Biomedical Science Day has gained significant popularity amongst biomedical laboratory staff across the UK, with hundreds of laboratories organising events in their local hospital or school.

Dr Jane Clegg at Barnsley Biochemistry Laboratory said:

“Biomedical Science Day is a great opportunity for us to build relationships with our colleagues, patients and public and raise the profile of our profession. By trying to make other professionals and patients aware of the vital role we play, we can help everybody understand role biomedical science in healthcare.”

“We are perhaps not the most visible or celebrated  department. But we are making a difference behind the scenes.”

Allan Wilson, President of the Institute of Biomedical Science, said:

“With COVID-19, it has already been a big year for Biomedical Scientists and I am very proud of the contributions of our members. The pandemic has meant that more people than ever are aware of the important role of the healthcare laboratory in diagnosis, treatment and general healthcare. The aim of Biomedical Science Day is to further inform the public about the full range of expertise involved in hospital care, and to celebrate our great profession.”

About biomedical science

Biomedical science is a biology and chemistry related discipline used mostly in healthcare laboratories to identify, research, monitor and treat disease. As one of the broadest areas of modern science, it focuses on the complexity of the human body and underpins much of modern medicine.

‘Biomedical Scientist’ is a legally protected title in the UK. In order to protect public safety, anyone using or practicing with the title must meet the Health & Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) standards and be HCPC registered.

Biomedical scientists, Clinical Scientists, Advanced Practitioners and Medical Laboratory Assistants mostly work in healthcare laboratories diagnosing diseases and evaluating the effectiveness of treatments by analysing fluids and tissue samples from patients. In the UK, healthcare laboratories are involved in over 70% of diagnoses in the NHS, handling over 150 million samples every year.