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September 2018

Reference copies and guidance documents for the new specialist portfolios are now online. Please note: the introduction of version 4 triggers an expiry limit of three years on any superseded version of a Specialist Diploma (i.e. those with version 3 will be expected to complete by September 2021).

The changes that have been made are as follows: 

  1. There is now a separate document entitled: Guidance for Candidates, Training Officers and External Examiners in the related documents section here. This document provides all the necessary advice and guidance required to complete the portfolio. It is essential that all trainers, candidates and external examiners read and understand its content.

  2. Each discipline specific portfolio has a six section summary (Introduction, Training, Evidence, Completing the record of laboratory training, End-point assessment, Completion of reports and Award) to remind the candidate of key points.

  3. The  Diploma of Biomedical Sciences has been re-named Specialist Diploma in Blood Sciences. This is made up of sections that contain modules in Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology and Transfusion Science. The award is achieved by completing two or three sections in the following combinations:

    • Clinical Biochemistry and Haematology
    • Clinical Biochemistry and Hospital Transfusion Practice
    • Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology and Hospital Transfusion Practice

    Please note: a combination of Haematology and Hospital Transfusion Practice together is not an option as you would be expected to take on the Specialist Diploma in Haematology with Hospital Transfusion Practice in this instance.

  4. There is an optional Molecular Pathology module for Cellular Pathology which is also available as a stand-alone module for those who have already completed their Specialist Diploma in Cellular Pathology.  This requires an additional stage for the end-point examination.

  5. The Specialist Diploma in Cytopathology differs from other disciplines in that it is linked to national qualifications and has modules in cervical cytology, non-cervical cytology and Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  Depth and breadth of knowledge must be achieved in a minimum of 2 out of the 3 modules in the relevant section of the portfolio (either A or B).

As before individuals completing the portfolios must be in a corporate class of IBMS membership and be working in a laboratory with Institute approval for post-registration training. Applications must be submitted by the training officer/manager, not the candidate. Applicants must retain their IBMS membership throughout their study of the Specialist Diploma. The portfolio is not available to Associate members or non-HCPC registered Licentiate members. All evidence should be gathered within three years of the application for external examination.

February 2018

As requested the education team have organised a series of training days throughout 2018.

The verifier/ examiner training days have been re-modelled and will now be a mixture of talks and workshops where experienced verifiers and examiners can share both good and bad practice with new verifiers. The attendees will be a mixture of those receiving an update and those who are new to verification and examination. We will briefly cover the process for each type of assessment (verification and examination) and updates to the processes but the expectation is that attendees will already be familiar with the documentation (see resources below). The workshops will then look at pieces of evidence and discuss best practice.

If you are interested in attending please contact

  • Tuesday 27th February - fully booked
  • Wednesday 16th May - fully booked
  • Wednesday 7th November - places available