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Re: Modernising Scientific Careers

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"Helen Archer (Cwm Taf NHS Trust)" <[log in to unmask]>

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Helen Archer (Cwm Taf NHS Trust)

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Fri, 24 Oct 2008 15:09:48 +0100

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I think you sum up nicely my concerns as a BMS as well. It is a step back for us, entrants will be more generic so will need more in house training and the length of time taken to complete training seems to be longer putting an added burden on already over stretched labs.

Helen Archer
Senior Chief BMS
Royal Glamorgan Hospital

-----Original Message-----
From: Clinical biochemistry discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Griffiths Paul (RQ3) BCH
Sent: 16 October 2008 16:46
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Modernising Scientific Careers

Ian,

We attended the West Midlands meeting this week. Compared to what we
heard earlier in the year, there have been some improvements, i.e. the 3
year rotation would only be within blood sciences (i.e. chemistry,
haematology, immunology and genetics) rather than including cellular
(histo, cyto etc) and infection (micro, virology), which are now
separate rotation schemes. Within that 3 year period, 2 years would be
spent rotating and the final year would be spent in one specialty.

However our main concerns are as follows:

1. There is no provision for specialised subjects e.g. paediatric
metabolic biochemistry. Currently the staff recruited into HST posts in
this subject have already had 4 years basic training in Clinical
Chemistry and hence the necessary grounding to sit the FRCPath whilst
pursuing their narrow specialisation. Under the proposed arrangements,
individuals coming out of the 3 year scheme would only have a maximum of
18 months Clinical Chemistry
experience.

2. There is no facility to recruit individual scientists with highly
specialised skills, from which we benefit, from Universities or Industry
directly into the profession without them going back to trainee status.
There are many examples of such individuals working in departments
across the UK who bring invaluable experience and knowledge to the
service.

3. There is no indication of the percentage of individuals graduating
from the 3 year scheme who would then follow the HSST route versus the
employment route. As this is seen as the fast track route to the higher
scientific and consultant posts, it is clearly relevant to potential
candidates.

4. There is clearly a desire to reduce the number of Higher Education
Institutes providing the courses for these trainees. The concern is that
we may lose some of the excellent MSc courses currently available for
clinical scientists in favour of more generic courses.

Overall there is a concern that, as clinical scientists in Clinical
Chemistry already have an excellent training route, it is unlikely that
all the other HCS groups will be brought up to the same level, but that
we will be 'dumbed-down'.

Regards

Paul Griffiths & Rachel Webster
Clinical Chemistry Department
Birmingham Children's Hospital



-----Original Message-----
From: Clinical biochemistry discussion list
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Hembling, Ian
Sent: 16 October 2008 11:19
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Modernising Scientific Careers

This is aimed at those of you in the UK especially those who are
Clinical Scientists or Biomedical Scientists.

Most of the listening events are complete now.
I was just interested in anyone's views on Professor Sue Hill's latest
venture and the impact on how we do business.


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