Past Competition Winners

The IBMS #AtTheHeartOfHealthcare competitions always attract hundreds of entries from all across the UK. Our winners are wonderful entries that embody the spirit of the day.

2022's #AtTheHeartOfHealthcare Biomedical Science Day competition winners

This year's #AtTheHeartOfHealthcare competition entries were all a great standard and it was really hard to pick out these winners:

Best artistic biomedical science photoflagmsdayed

What better way to celebrate #BiomedicalScienceDay2022 than to climb 164m for this amazing view of Edinburgh… flying the flag! from @steveoswan

Best Biomedical Science Day artwork


Some may say that this sits somewhere more between meme and diagram but we would expect no less from a picture by the three-time meme-queen Samantha Stredwick. We thought it was a perfect piece of artwork for the profession. 

Best biomedical bake (best cake)

bestbake22This amazing cake was baked by eStudent member and trainee Farzana Begum (@__fbegum) from the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust - what a treat for her colleagues!

Best group photo with placard


A great picture of Haematology and Blood Transfusion at University Hospitals Birmingham from Rohini Patel - they process over 1 million samples a year!

Best group workplace photo


The Biochemistry Department at Scarborough Hospital are all in it together - but they're going to need a bigger boat (or should we say SHYP?)!

Best individual photo with placard


Naomi Cope takes a moment away from her desk to promote her busy role.

Best individual workplace photo


This is Amjad - a Biomedical Scientist in Transfusion @UHD_NHS - and he's keeping his spirits up on Biomedical Science Day while working on his samples.

Best biomedical science 'under the microscope' photo


If you look closely at Lucy Bessant-Evans' submission closely you can see the heart of healthcare! 

Best biomedical science meme


Angelina Fernando from Black Country Pathology sums up the mood of the profession's relationship with pens in this award winning meme - taking the crown from three-time winner Samantha Stredwick.

Best biomedical science video

Hannah's Message from East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust sums up the role of Biomedical Science Day for the profession.


2021's #AtTheHeartOfHealthcare Biomedical Science Day competition winners

We were overwhelmed with nearly 500 images and over 60 video entires to the 2021 #AtTheHeartOfHealthcare competitions. There were so many stand-out entries from members across all of the UK, and choosing just one winner in each category was no easy feat.

Best biomedical bake (best cake)



Sarah Brown - Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust 

A highly realistic microtome cake! 


Honourable Mentions: 


Randika Jayasekera - North West London Pathology



Princess of Wales Hospital 


Best group photo with placard(s)

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Salisbury District Hospital


Best group workplace photo

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London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust


Best individual workplace photo

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Abigail Armstrong - Countess of Chester Hospital 


Best individual photo with placard


Belle Almarinez - Pathology at Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Best artistic biomedical science photo


Deirdre Donaghy - Belfast Trusts Labs


Best biomedical science meme

Samantha Stredwick - Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Meme champion three years running!


Best biomedical science video


Jordan Moir - Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service


Honourable mentions: 

Scunthorpe General Hospital - Blood sciences & Immunology Laboratories


Manfred Almeida - North London Pathology Laboratory  


Best Biomedical Science Day artwork


Adam Tench - Poole Hospital


Best biomedical science 'under the microscope' photo


Molly McDowell - Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

A smiley mesothelial cell, MGG stained from a pleural effusion. 


Check out more of the images shared on Biomedical Science Day 2021 in our photo gallery on Facebook. 

2020's #AtTheHeartOfHealthcare Biomedical Science Day competition winners

Best biomedical bake (best cake)

  1. Clare Gardner's cake for the pathology team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals - for everyone's dedication during the pandemic:lanccakes

  2. Best biomedical science video

    Zonya Jeffrey's entry on behalf of Microbiology / Bacteriology at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Public Health England - "Not All Superheroes Wear Capes":

  3. Best biomedical science 'under the microscope' photo

    A 'little birdie' told Marianne Langan to send in this picture of a prostate core:

  4. Best biomedical science meme

    Samantha Stredwick's at it again with her 'chest pain or pen drop?' meme (best meme two years in a row!):


  5. Best artistic biomedical science photo

    Caoimhe Quigley brightened up lots of people's day with this lovely shot:

  6. Best (socially distanced) group photo with placard

    Claire Daw's submission for the Microbiology Department in Jersey:


  7. Best individual photo with placard

    Adam Hawker who works in the bacteriology service for 10 hospitals in Greater Manchester:


  8. Best (socially distanced) group workplace photo

    Isla Abel's submission on behalf of microbiology (including virology), biochemistry, haematology and pathology at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, NHS Grampian:


  9. Best individual workplace photo

    Kunalini Shanmuganathan with samples racked in NHS logo at St Mary’s Hospital's Blood Sciences Department:


  10. Best Biomedical Science Day drawing / painting / artwork

    Jyotsna Dupaguntla from Microbiology at Northwest London Pathology submitted this amazing rangoli picture: 



    2019's #AtTheHeartOfHealthcare Biomedical Science Day competition winners

    In 2019, you kept us very busy - collating over 700 photo submissions for the Biomedical Science Day competitions - but we could not be happier. It is so great to put names to faces and see all the great work our members are doing across the UK in support of their profession. There were some tough choices involved but we hope you will agree that our ten winners were wonderful entries that embodied the spirit of the day. 


    1. Best Biomedical Science Day display

      One of Belfast Trust's many displays across three fantastic sites.

    2. Best biomedical bake (best cake)


      Debbie Savage's Heart of Healthcare cake.

    3. Best biomedical science video

      NHS Lothian's Steven Swanson's video of a biochemistry sample.

    4. Best biomedical science 'under the microscope' photo


      Sarah Gibson's Happy Helminth - Enterobius vermicularis threadworm in an appendicectomy specimen.

    5. Best biomedical science meme
      Samantha Stredwick from biochemistry at Western General in Edinburgh won with her hilarious meme.

    6. Best artistic biomedical science photo

      Alison Hanlon's submission on behalf of the blood transfusion and haematology lab at QEUH, Glasgow is great artistic fun and shows that not all superheroes wear capes.
    7. Best group photo with placard

      Rahila Akhtar's submission on behalf of microbiology at Wexham Park Hospital where they process an amazing 1.6 million samples a year.

    8. Best individual photo with placard

      Lucy-Anna Staples at St George's Hospital is a specialist biomedical scientist with many hats.

    9. Best group workplace photo

      An amazing team of biomedical scientists, laboratory technicians and support staff who maintain the essential service at Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services.

    10. Best individual workplace photo

      Rizwan Shakir, biomedical scientist at haematology and transfusion in Royal Preston Hospital, demonstrates the precision skills needed for the profession.