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Degree laboratory placement, the success of the symbiotic relationship

Jones, Sue and Wright, Claire (2022) Degree laboratory placement, the success of the symbiotic relationship. In: IBMS Congress 2022. (Submitted)

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Abstract

The presentation on degree laboratory placements, the success of the symbiotic relationship will cover the approach that has been developed over time to establishing and maintaining effective relationships with practitioners in local NHS laboratories.

A close relationship with local practitioners and laboratory managers is key to developing and delivering Biomedical Science degree programmes that are fit for purpose and contain relevant and current pathology content, in addition to supporting placement provision for our students. I have organised and chaired regular Employer Liaison Group meetings since 2005 as a key component of our ongoing programme development and enhancement. A close working relationship with local laboratories underpins the curriculum design and delivery of taught sessions that include current working practices and information. We regularly have colleagues from Pathology disciples delivering taught content in modules and producing case studies / data analysis tasks for students. Practitioners also help us to prepare our students for NHS placements by providing short visits to each laboratory in year 1, being on the interview panel to select students prior to their placement and facilitating peer mentoring from returning placement students about their experiences in the laboratory. We have been commended by sequential IBMS accreditation panels for our close relationship with employers.

Further, we provide regular Training for Trainers events at the university for practitioners who supervise placement students completing their IBMS registration training portfolio. Our Placement Tutor meets with all placement students and their trainers and is available for discussions and advice before, during and after the placement. We also provide mentor training for workplace supervisors / mentors of Healthcare Science Practitioner degree apprentices, alongside regular tri-partite meetings with the apprentice, trainer and work-based learning tutor from the university.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Status: Submitted
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/6006

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