Here to help: questions raised

Jocelyn Pryce, Head of Registration and Training at the IBMS, discusses issues around the laboratory approval process.

The importance of non-technical skills

Dawn Alderson, a Functional Manager in Training and Education, draws lessons from the aviation industry to argue that non-technical skills are vital for laboratories. 

How to... approach UKAS assessment

John Ringrow and Al Bryant, Senior Assessment Managers at the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), share some pointers on how to make the ISO15189:2012 assessment process smooth and enjoyable. 

Here to help: Trainee and trainer

Jocelyn Pryce, IBMS Head of Registration and Training, discusses the importance of relationships in training.

Journal Based Learning for November

Each article’s contents should be read, researched and understood, and you should then come to a decision on each question. The pass mark is 17 out of 20 questions answered correctly. JBL exercises may be completed at any time until the published deadline date. Please select your choice of correct answers and complete the exercises online at:

British Journal of Biomedical Science Issue 4 2017: a synopsis

Issue 4 of our journal was launched in October, so hardcopy will already have landed on your doormats. However, those with access to the website will have had access to the papers for weeks, if not months. Editor Andrew Blann outlines the content in the latest issue.

How to... be a successful quality manager

Fiona R Denham, from Viapath Analytics, gives her top tips on how to be a successful quality manager. 

A day in the life of... Shannon Hylton

I am a third year biomedical science student at the University of East London. I am also a track sprinter and recently became the 200m British Champion before competing at the Summer World Athletics Championships in London this year.

Capturing tumour cells

Could new advances mean that blood tests may replace biopsies in cancer care? Zhonglin Hao explains his work.

The big question

Do standard operating procedures (SOPs) ensure quality or stifle innovation?

A balanced approach to infection control

Mitchell Reed, a Microbiology Services Manager, discusses bringing previously outsourced microbiology tests back in-house.