Other roles

Branch representative to a region

Branches must assign a committee member as a representative who will be responsible for liaising with the region group. 

The duties of a branch representative to a region are:

  1. To communicate information, views and concerns of a branch to the regional committee
  2. To identify with the other branch representatives present at the meetings areas of common concern and to brief regional members of Council accordingly
  3. Communicate the outcome of discussions back to the relevant branches


Other suggested regional and branch duties

The following duties might be undertaken by the officers mentioned above, the committee generally or by individual appointees such as publicity officers, local liaison officers, as suits the local situation.

  1. To aid recruitment to the IBMS and hold applications forms for distribution to potential new members from all relevant sources
  2. To publicise and promote the profession and the Institute and its activities
  3. To disseminate information from branch, region and the office
  4. To co-ordinate publicity within the region or branch and to include universities and other relevant education establishments
  5. To co-ordinate and provide support and produce presentation material for careers evenings/officers in schools, universities and hospitals
  6. To identify appropriate meetings to attract local members
  7. To produce and circulate posters on forthcoming meetings and events
  8. To encourage members to participate in Institute activities
  9. To motivate members to contribute material for publication, e.g. in the Biomedical Scientist, journal or on the website
  10. To review media coverage of biomedical science locally and nationally and to liaise with the IBMS office regarding areas where proactive articles might be prepared
  11. To identify local professional issues and seek guidance on them
  12. To identify local celebrities or MPs with an interest in the profession
  13. To organise any local liaison officer activity if and as seems appropriate
  1. To establish close links with the education providers locally, making them aware of:
    1. the Institute’s degree accreditation role
    2. that copies of ‘Biomedical Scientist’ provided free to libraries where accredited course run
    3. the IBMS President’s prize
  2. To inform the IBMS office of non-accredited educational establishments in the area that are running relevant courses and of any changes in them.
  3. To provide advice to members on the availability and suitability of educational courses in the area
  4. To be aware of which degrees are accredited or approved by the IBMS, and advise potential members of the membership criteria
  5. To promote the eStudent membership
  6. To be the Institute’s local representative on the education providers liaison committees
  7. To liaise with careers officers at schools and careers services to:
    1. ensure they have BMS careers literature and know to request updates from the IBMS office
    2. act as a reference point for organisers of careers conventions: to arrange for someone to attend and/or for careers material to be provided by the office
    3. To work closely with local IBMS CPD Officers
  8. To identify and encourage other potential local officers, e.g. local liaison officer in each hospital, IBMS professional adviser to educational institutions.