December 2017

My lab: in Great Ormond Street Hospital

Specialist Biomedical Scientist Bamidele Farinre gives a guided tour of her paediatric lab at the children’s hospital.

Here to help: questions raised

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

NI members win award

IBMS members were among the award winners at this year’s Advancing Healthcare Awards for Northern Ireland.

North East regional gala

The IBMS hosted the North East region gala dinner and awards ceremony in October.

Fab Change Week

The IBMS took part in Fab Change Week 2017, which was held in November.

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. 

Blood Group Systems

Malcolm Needs, formally of NHSBT, delves into transfusion science and the Kell and Kx Blood Group Systems.

Changing perceptions

Can baking, art, pubs and television alter views of science? We look at the innovative ways in which the sector’s profile is being raised.

Predicting breast cancer risk

Professor Gareth Evans explains his test for genetic breast cancer, which could reduce unnecessary pre-emptive mastectomies.

The Big Question: Statutory regulation

This month we ask: Is statutory regulation an effective mechanism for patient protection?