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President's welcome

President Ian SturgessDear members

I am delighted to welcome you to the IBMS website.

Having served my profession locally and then nationally on IBMS Council it was a great honour, privilege and an absolute pleasure to have been elected as your President. Since being elected in 2015, I have enjoyed the role and the opportunity to meet many of you over the time that I have been President. Looking ahead to 2018, I am really excited for Alison Geddis who is taking over the reins and I hope that she enjoys being President as much as I have.

The IBMS is the leading professional body for practitioners of biomedical science and an education accreditation provider for biomedical science programmes around the UK and internationally. We are also a membership body of over 20,000 members, spread over 60 countries worldwide. The Institute provides an education programme to allow members to develop their careers, a very successful scientific Congress held every other year, an active and respected CPD Scheme, offered Accreditation with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Registered Technician (RTech) through the Science Council, research and development bursaries.

Membership benefits also include indemnity insurance (required to be HCPC registered), a discount scheme through IBMS Additions and publications such as our monthly The Biomedical Scientist magazine, our quarterly The Journal of Biomedical Science and monthly e-Newsletters. The Institute also responds to a number of consultations each year on behalf of biomedical science and works closely with other pathology bodies such as the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath), the Association of Clinical Biochemistry & Laboratory Medicine (ACBLM) and the Association of Clinical Pathologists (ACP).

As well as our website and journals, for our latest updates you can follow us on social media. For instance, we have over 5000 Twitter followers and over 7000 followers on our LinkedIn, in addition to over 20,000 likes on our Facebook page.

Currently, our membership sits at 65% women and 35% men spread over 6 different membership grades. We offer guidance and support to our members from the early stages in their careers as students, to recognising achievement as retirees for their service and dedication to the Institute.

Many of our members have earned awards, a number of whom have featured in local news. We have annual awards given to those who achieve the top marks in their Higher Specialist Diploma’s (the Company Members Prize), as well as prestigious awards such as the RJ Lavington Prize, the IBMS 50 year medal, the Mary McDonald Prize for Achievement and also Honorary and Life Membership Awards, in addition to the President’s Prize which is awarded to outstanding students on IBMS Accredited Biomedical Science Degrees.

This last year, we issued:

  • More than 160 Certificates of expert practice
  • 934 certificates of competence
  • Over 1500 registration training and specialist portfolios
  • 365 certificate of achievement portfolios and 177 certificates. Our members continue to strive and achieve excellence, outside the walls of the academy.
  • With continuing professional development, nearly 1400 CPD validations were undertaken, and our members completed over 23,000 online Journal based exercises online.

We also work with our members to promote STEM and Women in Science careers and regularly produce news items and campaigns to promote our members’ public engagement events to educate the public and excite the next generation of healthcare professionals. Above all, we are dedicated to the promotion, development and delivery of excellence in biomedical science.

We cannot do this however without you. The IBMS is not the Institute staff, the Council or the Panels but YOU our members. Without you, the Institute would not exist and I encourage you to play an active role in YOUR Professional Body. The Institute is 105 years old, let us work together to ensure it continues to thrive.

 

Ian Sturdgess
IBMS President

Pathology Services Manager at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust