Our popular student congress programme is - now sold out!

Free to attend, this year's event features speakers from a huge range of biomedical science backgrounds covering a wide basis of knowledge on the profession - ensuring attendees get the latest information on careers, securing employment and lab placements in biomedical science. 

Come early and visit the UK's largest biomedical science exhibition

The event starts from 1pm but students are advised to come for the day and visit our free exhibition - the UK's largest biomedical science show featuring many of the leading companies and organisations displaying and demonstrating instrumentation and equipment as well as providing professional services, including recruitment consultants. 

Please note that though Student Congress is free to attend, lunch will not be provided. Places are limited to only 285, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

This event is free for all students - lecturers and careers advisors are welcome to attend too.

 

Speaker Schedule: 

13:00 - 13:30 | Session 1: Introductions

  • Welcome & Introductions – Sue Jones
  • Routes to Registration – Sue Jones

13:30 - 13:50 | Session 2: Clinical Pathology Placements

What is starting and completing a placement like? – Claire Wright, Ella Wharram, Luke Kay

Having an academic degree with work placement can be a key differentiator for securing employment following graduation. In a competitive graduate employment market, an employer can see the completion of a placement as an important benchmark indicating commitment, discipline, and core knowledge/skills in their sector. For the student, advantages include the implementation and development of skills, improved academic performance in the final year of study, a wider network for career opportunities, and potentially higher starting salaries upon completion of the degree.

However, the decision to apply for a Biomedical Science placement is complex and one to be carefully considered. Frequent questions include “When and how do I apply for a placement? What will I do during the placement? Who will I work with? Is it for me? How does my role help patients?” and many more.

To help you consider these important questions, two students who have recently completed their placement year will describe their experience of a year-long placement in NHS laboratories. One of the students will provide you with their experience of the application process and starting in the laboratory. The second student will give you a first-hand account of life as a placement student and completion of the registration portfolio.

Registration Portfolio Verification – Cherie Beckett

The traditional route of registering as a Biomedical Scientist with the HCPC involves the necessary academic qualifications, a period of training in an IBMS accredited training laboratory, completion of the IBMS registration portfolio and successfully passing the end verification to obtain the certificate of competence.  The verification process - as with other examination processes - can, however, be daunting for both the candidate and the verifier, but it needn't be. 

This talk hopes to demystify the process, including, detailing what happens on the day for both virtual and in-person verifications with top tips for verifiers themselves, but also, reassurance and information for the candidate and training officer. 

 

14:30 - 15:00 Break for networking and refreshments  

15:00 - 15:40 | Session 3: Specialism Lightening Talks

Haematology - Hasan Rao

Join us, as we delve into a case of neonatal jaundice. Abnormally high bilirubin levels in neonates can be potentially life threatening. With bilirubin's ability to cross the blood-brain barrier it can lead to permanent brain damage (kernicterus). Time is of the essence! We will run through the treatment and management of jaundice. Using lab findings, we will aim to identify the underlying cause in this case.  

Histology - Chris Jackson

This presentation will be an introduction to the world of Histology. It will serve as an introduction to those unfamiliar with the type of work that is conducted in an NHS Histopathology laboratory and where the future of the service is heading.

Microbiology - Alexandra Ellwood

Biomedical Scientists as a profession are often overlooked in the medical field and Pathology is a discipline that is unknown to many. This presentation will give you an insight into what happens in a Medical Microbiology laboratory in the NHS, the importance what Biomedical Scientists do in the patient care pathway and hopefully inspire the next generation of Healthcare Scientists.

 

15:40 - 16:00 | Networking Break for Specialisms Q&A

16:00 - 16:50 | Session 4: After Graduating

  • You are about to Graduate – Now what? Job Application Tips & Tricks Jim Taylor 
  • Career Paths after a Biomedical Science Degree:

Further Study - Lauren Nelson

This presentation will discuss 'life as a Physician Associate' aimed for students considering further education following a degree in Biomedical Science.

Industry Roles - Abdul Motlib

Abdul will discuss his career journey after graduating from The University of Bradford. Listen to this talk to learn how to leverage your skills and mindset for career development, and find out how a continuous improvement mindset has helped Abdul’s career journey thus far.

Military Roles - Bamina Gurung & Britney Henry

Curious about the life of a Military BMS? Join Bamina and Britney on their captivating journey, starting as aspiring graduates gaining invaluable clinical experience in the NHS. Follow their transformation into highly skilled Military BMS professionals, ready to serve abroad in diverse locations, including the challenging terrains of Norway and the exotic landscapes of Fiji.
  • Graduates Q&A

16:50 - 17:00 | Session 5: Closing

  • Closing Remarks – Sue Jones and Jim Taylor

Speaker profiles: 

Cherie Beckett BSc, MIBMS

Cherie Beckett BSc, MIBMS

Senior Biomedical Scientist, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

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Alexandra Ellwood

Alexandra Ellwood

Specialist Biomedical Scientist , South Tees Foundation Trust

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Bamina Gurung

Bamina Gurung

Military Biomedical Scientist, Queen Alexander Hospital Portsmouth

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Britney Henry

Britney Henry

Military Biomedical Scientist, The Royal Navy

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Tahmina Hussain MSc CSci FIBMS

Tahmina Hussain MSc CSci FIBMS

IBMS Council Member and Lecturer in Biomedical Science, Deputy Programme Lead: Biomedical Science Apprenticeship Degree, University of Salford

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Chris Jackson

Specialist Biomedical Scientist – Histopathology, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Sue Jones PFHEA, FIBMS, MRSB

Dr Sue Jones PFHEA, FIBMS, MRSB

Executive Head of Education, IBMS

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Luke Kay

Student, York St. John University

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Abdul  Motlib

Abdul Motlib

Global Manager, Professional Services, BD (Becton Dickinson)

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Lauren Nelson

Lauren Nelson

Physician Associate, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust

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Hasan Rao

Hasan Rao

Biomedical Scientist, Biomedical Scientist

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Dr Jim Taylor SFHEA, FIBMS, MRSB CSciTeach

Dr Jim Taylor SFHEA, FIBMS, MRSB CSciTeach

Head of Digital Education, IBMS

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Donna Torrance

Donna Torrance

Head of Learning and Development, IBMS

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Ella Wharram

Student, York St. John University

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Dr Claire Wright

Lecturer in Biosciences, York St. John University

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