Immunologists needed to run OSFA examinations

The National School of Healthcare Science is seeking volunteers particularly from the Immunology, Haematology and H&I specialisms to perform as station writers and assessors for the mock OSFAs in April, and the live OSFAs in July-August. It is essential to attend the training day that will focus on the marking process, and will include:

A short overview of marking reliability theory;
A review of desirable and undesirable marking behaviours;
A demonstration of the School's OSFA software;
Hands-on marking practice; and
What to expect on the day of the OSFA: logistics and arrangements for assessors.

Further information can be found here.

Healthcare Science Week 2014(14-23rd March).


Healthcare Science Week 2014(14-23rd March) is nearly here…………………….. What have you got planned?


This is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of your team and services you provide both internally and externally to the NHS.

Please circulate the attached information as wide as possible through your healthcare science networks and organisational communications teams.

Share with your Professional Bodies and get the information on all your websites, and for those of you on social networking sites please let everyone know !


When you have planned your activity with the Healthcare Science Week Guide then please contact Adele Bunch at NHS Employers, details in attached PDF.

She will upload to the Healthcare Science Week calendar.


Please see the offical website for further details here.

There are great resources available to help you on the NHS Careers website so no excuse not to get involved and enjoy the week!


Spring 2014 Ian Ward Meeting


The annual North West ACB Ian Ward Members Papers Meeting & AGM will be held on the afternoon of Monday 3rd March at The Education Centre, Warrington Hospital.  This meeting commemorates the memory of Ian Ward. To find out more about the history of this meeting please see here. 


Traditionally the highlight of our regional meetings calendar, this meeting showcases research and development activities and interesting case presentations from throughout the region. Please could we encourage all members of your department, including trainees, to consider submitting abstracts for presentation; the two best presentations on the day determined by our judging panel will also receive a prize.  As always we welcome submission of abstracts from ACB members in all laboratory medicine disciplines.


Please prepare a short abstract describing the background and findings of the project or case and e-mail to Ed Hinchcliffe at Salford Royal (address in the ACB phone book) no later than Friday 14th February.  A copy of the competition rules and guidelines can be found here.


If you are planning to attend the meeting please can you e-mail Ed Hinchcliffe at Salford Royal (address in the ACB phone book) no later than Friday February 21st so that appropriate rooms and catering arrangements can be booked in advance.



NW ACP and RCPath Scientific Meeting- November 2013

A  Joint Scientific Conference will be hosted by the North West Branch of the ACP and RCPath NW Regional Council on 5th November 2013, at the Foresight Centre, Liverpool.

 This is a whole day meeting 9.30 to 16.00 hours (Registration at 9.00am) with updates and current topics covering various pathology specialties.

Attendance is free of charge and Lunch will be included. Approval for CPD will be requested.

Please seen the attached flyer for registration details.



Lab Tests Online UK App

A free mobile app for Lab Tests on Line is now available on both the Goolge Android and the Apple iOS platforms!

This free app is a mobile version of the lab tests online UK website, and has been developed by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry with support from the Royal College of Pathologists and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).  The website has been developed by doctors and healthcare scientists to help patients and healthcare professionals better understand the laboratory tests that are part of routine healthcare, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment. The site contains information on over 250 laboratory tests and 150 related medical conditions.

The UK site is derived from the original Lab Tests Online website created by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and complements the paid-for US Lab Tests on Line mobile apps.

The app can be downloaded from the mobile app stores, or alterantively can be found on the Google Play Store, and the Apple App store





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