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Derek was elected to the Presidency of the Institute of Biomedical Science in January 2012 after a year as President Elect and a number of years on IBMS Council. He is a biomedical scientist and is employed as the Scottish Pathology Network Manager, based in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and employed by NHS Tayside. Just prior to this he was Clinical Manager for Pathology & Genetics and Head Biomedical Scientist in pathology at NHS Tayside.
Derek began his career as a trainee Medical Laboratory Technician at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow. Since then Derek has enjoyed a lengthy and rewarding career in Biomedical Science, specialising in histopathology. He has performed both clinical and managerial roles, including Senior Chief Biomedical Scientist and Clinical Manager at Lothian University Hospitals where he completed a Master of Business Administration at Edinburgh University.
Derek has been a member of the Institute of Biomedical Science since 1979, becoming a Fellow in 1981 and gained Chartered Scientist designation in 2004. He now represents the Institute on many Groups including the Academy for Healthcare Science, Federation for Healthcare Science and the Scottish Forum for Health Care Science to name but a few. He sits on a number of committees and review groups including the Healthcare Science Programme Board, Scottish Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, Scottish Diagnostic Steering Group, Cervical Cytology Steering Group, and the Scottish Molecular Diagnostics Steering Group.
Derek intends to use his Presidency to champion the role of biomedical science both inside and outside the profession. He is keen to lead the Institute in supporting members in meeting the difficult challenges and opportunities that the current healthcare climate offers. He is also a strong advocate of raising the profile of biomedical science by engagement and working collaboratively with other stakeholders. He also sees the opportunity for widening membership both in the UK and Internationally.
IBMS President Derek Bishop