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IBMS Newsletter February 2012

Welcome to the brand new IBMS enewsletter

I would like to thank the 4,000 members who took the time to participate in the members’ survey, it was originally estimated 600 members would complete the survey! I am delighted with this astonishing response rate and the feedback will help Council develop future services and policies to best serve our members and the profession.

We are also pleased to announce we are developing a Certificate of Expert Practice in Laboratory Management and Leadership over the coming year to complement the very successful courses leading to similar awards for training and quality management. If you have management or leadership expertise and are interested in becoming a module tutor for the course please contact Alan Wainwright on alanwainwright@ibms.org

Best wishes

Derek Bishop, IBMS President

Take our non-members survey

Take our non-members survey

The non-members survey is available till Friday 17 Feb only and we are particularly keen to hear from support workers  and others that work in biomedical science or who have an interest in it. We would be grateful for members to encourage non-members to participate as their views will be crucial in helping the Institute develop its services to benefit the whole profession.

Complete the survey and you will be entered in a draw to win four prizes of £50 Amazon vouchers.

Breathtaking images of fungi

Breathtaking images of fungi

The most liked feature on IBMS Facebook this month was this astonishing video of fungi. Further popular posts also include a Flickr image album of pathology and laboratory medicine; a history of St Bart’s Pathology Museum, Blood test breakthrough for 'mad cow disease' and how whole gene sequencing is poised for new roles in microbiology and laboratory testing.

IBMS Centenary in Liverpool

IBMS Centenary in Liverpool

On 6th January 2012, the exact centenary of the foundation of the Institute in 1912 was marked and celebrated by the IBMS Merseyside Branch.

About ISO 15189

About ISO 15189

Ever wished you knew more about ISO 15189? Here's a handy introduction to the international standards used by medical laboratories in developing their quality management systems and assessing their own competence.

IBMS members awarded for innovation

IBMS members awarded for innovation

Late last year three IBMS members received awards from the 2011 Annual Healthcare Science event organised by NES, Scottish Government and the Scottish Forum for Healthcare Science.

Your stories: We want to hear from you!

Your stories: We want to hear from you!

The IBMS is looking for stories and case studies from members to include on the website and in other publications. If you have an interesting story to tell about your job or the profession more generally please get in touch with a few lines about the article and we'll be in touch to discuss.

HPC publish new leaflet: Why your HPC registration matters

The Health Professions Council has produced a new leaflet to explain why biomedical scientists and other professions need to register and how registration benefits them. The HPC’s main aim is to protect the public, but registration also with has clear benefits to health and care professionals.

IFBLS: code of ethics for biomedical scientists

The IFBLS has recently updated their code of ethics which is endorsed by all member associations, including the Institute.

IBMS annual report: regions 2011

Reports from IBMS activities around the UK and beyond are now available. See what happened near you in West MidlandsNorth West, IBMS GibraltarHong KongNorth East and Yorkshire. The IBMS Merseyside branch has also written a report of its activities in 2011.