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IBMS specialist portfolios recognise the post-registration training and specialist experience of biomedical scientists in the early years of their career.
The portfolio enables biomedical scientists to provide evidence of training, practical skills, specialist knowledge and competency gained in the two years after registration. Successful completion of the portfolio will lead to the awarding of a specialist diploma.
A specialist diploma takes the career of a biomedical scientist to the next level of professional recognition as a specialist practitioner. They also naturally progress to the Institute's Higher Specialist Diploma.
Specialist diplomas are available in the following disciplines
Agenda for Change will only allow career advancement through its pay bands upon demonstration of the required knowledge and skills. The portfolio can be used as evidence to help biomedical scientists seeking promotion to a higher pay band.
The portfolio can also be used by higher education institutions in assessing work-based learning and accredited learning for postgraduate qualifications; or by employers when considering eligibility for promotion or identifying education and training needs.
Where possible, National Occupational Standards (NOS) for healthcare scientists have been incorporated into the standards that constitute the generic and discipline specific components of the portfolio. The portfolio also maps to the knowledge and skills framework (KSF), which will be a tool for identifying education and training needs.
The Specialist Diploma confers eligibility to upgrade Institute membership from the class of Licentiate to Member provided the individual has a minimum of 2 years professional experience as a Licentiate member.
Reference versions of the portfolios are available here. Bound reference copies for managers and training officers can be obtained from the Institute by completing the order form below.
Hardback copies for specialist practitioners in training are available. This includes the cost of the portfolio and the end-point assessment for the award of a specialist diploma. Please note that applicants must be a corporate member of the Institute. The portfolio is not available to Associate members of the Institute or individuals undertaking pre-registration training.
The Institute recognise that the Specialist Portfolios may change in line with future developments within the profession. The version completed by each student, if current at the time of study, will be recognised.
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