Planning your event
There are lots of ways for you to celebrate Biomedical Science Day and help to promote biomedical science
We've put together a few ideas to help you consider and plan events that open the doors to your laboratory and celebrate and promote your work on Biomedical Science Day.
Invite people into your lab
Laboratory tours are the most immediate and effective ways to inform people about the profession. Everybody loves to see what happens behind the scenes – not to mention that tours can empower patients and strengthen interdisciplinary team work and communication. However, there are health and safety issues surrounding certain laboratory practices and spatial issues in some laboratory set-ups. Before you commit to giving tours, talk to your laboratory manager and make sure they are practical in your department.
If you want to advertise your laboratory tours internally, we have an A3 poster you can print and put your details on here.
Inviting your local MP, senior hospital management or local people of prominence will give you the perfect opportunity to show them your work and highlight the importance of biomedical science in healthcare. To help, we've created an invite letter template for you to use as well as a press release template to attract media attention. Your hospital's communications team will be able to help you contact the local press, make sure to ask them.
Create an eye-catching hospital display
Nothing says Biomedical Science Day like a fun and interactive stand. We love to see displays in reception areas and lobbies – where the hospital’s largest footfall can engage with biomedical science activities, information and freebies. Talk to your hospital communications team about setting one up.
Once your stand is in place, a charity bake sale is a great way to attract people, as are activities involving science and microscopes. We also have three new sample journey videos at www.samplejourney.com. They are great for catching the eye and drawing people towards your stand – but you will need a screen. Do you know who looks after your video displays?
The overall key to running a stand while maintaining excellent service delivery is usually cross-department co-operation. One person can take the lead but, if you are that person, reach out and see if you have a team of people willing to help you keep the stand running all day.
Outside the workplace, consider taking a display to a local public space such as at a school or college careers fair, or in your local library or shopping centre.
Harvey's Gang - Taking young patients on a tour of the lab
Harvey's Gang is a children's charity that is having an amazing effect on young patients and laboratory staff. It was set up after Harvey, a young patient at Worthing Hospital had asked to find out what was happening to his blood samples. Chief Biomedical Scientist Malcolm Robinson organised for Harvey to undertake a tour of his laboratory and was amazed at the reaction from Harvey.
There are currently Harvey's Gang tours taking place in nearly 100 hospital laboratories across the UK.
Harvey's Gang information packs, goody bags and IBMS sponsored lab coats are free to apply for.
If you would like to join Harvey's Gang, or for more information, please complete the online form
Engage with the local community
Inviting a local school or college to visit the hospital is a great way to highlight your role to students. If you are unable to host it at work, you could arrange to visit a local school to give a presentation or, to really wow students, put on a scientific activity or experiment.