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The IBMS Congress 2015 – a preview

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As we prepare, alongside hundreds of biomedical scientists, for the annual three-day Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Congress, we take a look at some of the 250+ talks, workshops, presentations, seminars and other activities on the agenda.

The IBMS Congress is the profession's premier event, offering biomedical scientists opportunities to attend speeches and presentations by leading experts, update their skills and knowledge, discuss principles, practice and policy, network with colleagues and find out about new products and services. It’s exciting for Sanctuary Health as we’ll once again be discussing professional opportunities with a broad range of delegates; from those just starting out on a career in biomedical science and support workers to seasoned professionals and advanced practitioners.

We look forward to attending many of the presentations, as this year's Congress will take place against the backdrop of a rapidly changing profession. Biomedical science is playing an increasingly important role in the UK's healthcare system and there is unprecedented demand on services. According to the IBMS, '95% of clinical pathways now rely on patients having access to efficient, timely and cost effective pathology services' and 'pathology is involved in 70% of all diagnoses made in the NHS'. Each year biomedical scientists perform almost 800 million tests. That's 14 for every person in England and Wales.

One of the key themes of this year's Congress will be of specific interest to those biomedical scientists we recruit, as it focuses on how IBMS qualifications can advance career prospects for biomedical scientists. A series of talks will focus on key specialisations in biomedical science practice, including cellular pathology, clinical chemistry, cytopathology, haemotology, immunology, medical microbiology, transfusion science and virology. Speakers include Mr David Muskett of Royal Blackburn Hospital, Dr Guy Orchard Viapath of St Thomas' Hospital and Mrs Bamidele Farinre of Great Ormand Street Hospital, as well as the IBMS's own Head of Examinations, Chris Ward, and Executive Head of Education, Alan Wainwright.

New for this year is a half-day laboratory support staff programme (Monday 28 September), aimed at laboratory assistants and associates. Designed to support training and development, it focuses on opportunities for professional development and discussion of the lab assistant's job role as part of the pathology team. 

Quality time

Running in parallel with the Congress is a one-day Qualify Conference on 29 September, billed as an event that 'treats quality as a science in its own right'. Expert speakers will explore key quality issues faced by medical laboratories, including delivering recommendations outlined in NHS England's 2014 Pathology Quality Assurance Review, engaging patients by providing direct advice on pathology results, cost versus quality and meeting ISO quality standards.

As always, innovation is high on the agenda. As well as having an opportunity to view cutting edge technology and learn about new practices and techniques, delegates can also attend a series of seminars on novel approaches to diagnostics. Topics under discussion include MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and the use of medical detection dogs to sniff out cancer. There will also be presentations from military biomedical scientists on approaches to pathology in challenging conditions such as war zones and the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

IBMS Congress 2015 takes place from 28-30 September at ICC, Birmingham. Come and visit us at the Sanctuary Health Stand (F8) to chat with our expert biomedical science recruitment specialists.

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