August 2018

Consolidation of pathology networks

Head of Pathology Services Consolidation at NHS Improvement, David Wells, sets out the progress made on the 29 networks and looks at the next steps and future plans.

August: journal-based learning

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:

From haematology to stand-up comedy

Dave Spikey may be a famous comic and actor now, but in the late sixties he was starting a biomedical science career.

The Big Question: 'Does biomedical science still represent a career for life?'

Three people voice their opinions on a career in biomedical science. 

Olympus driving research forward

With expanded imaging capabilities, Olympus has launched version 2.1 of its imaging platform cellSens.

Measurement software upgrade

Synbiosis’ eAST software for automatic zone measurement of antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) plates has been upgraded to improve antibiotic SIR (Susceptible, Intermediate, Resistant) category determination.

British Journal of Biomedical Science Issue 3 2018: a synopsis

Issue 3 of our journal is now completed. By the time you read this, the hard copy i may already have landed on your doormats, and those of you who have been to the website will already have accessed and read some of the papers. Editor Andrew Blann outlines the content in the latest issue.


Knowing what to prepare before meeting potential employers can give you a headstart in the competitive biomedical scientist job market. The team from recruitment specialists Matchtech give their guidance.


July was a month of celebrations and professional promotion, with the second ever Biomedical Science Day and the 70th birthday of the NHS.

STEM volunteering: big bang award for Lisa

IBMS member Lisa Coulthwaite won a leadership award at the national Big Bang Fair.