Celebrating UHCW scientists in Healthcare Science Week

Healthcare science staff from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust are celebrating Healthcare Science Week which is running alongside British Science Week, run by the British Science Association, from 9 to 18 March 2018 by promoting Healthcare Science as career to the general public and local university students.


The team of scientists are engaging with the local community to talk about the outstanding work of Healthcare Science and its impact on patient care whilst prompting the profession as an exciting career choice for young people.


They will also be showcasing the great variation of healthcare science roles available including roles like Professor Geraldine Hartshorne, Scientific Director for the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, who specialises in Clinical Embryology and assisted conception and researches into new techniques/perspectives for helping women become pregnant.


Professor Geraldine Hartshorne, Scientific Director for the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, said: “I have been a scientist for my entire career. My current role is 50:50 at UHCW and the University of Warwick. My work is a mixture of research, teaching and clinical work.


“Science has always fired my imagination whether it’s analysing embryo time-lapse images, explaining embryonic growth and future options to patients or leading research projects I am lucky and privileged to have found a career which constantly satisfies my thirst for knowledge. Every day is different and I thrive on the excitement and challenge that this offers.


“Using science in this way makes a massive difference to our patients’ lives and happiness. I urge anyone seeking a rewarding and exciting career to consider Healthcare Science.


Neil Anderson, Chief Healthcare scientist and Clinical Director, said: “UHCW employs over 700 health care science staff and they deliver high quality health care to over 1 million people. This week will encourage us to talk about the services they deliver and the indispensable role that health care scientists have in diagnosis and management of patients as they have input into 80% of patient episodes of care.”


Professor Meghana Pandit, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy CEO, said: “Healthcare Science Week is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the amazing work of our healthcare science workforce at UHCW. They are incredibly valued for their unique contribution of bringing cutting edge science to our services. The week is also the perfect opportunity to promote healthcare science as an exciting career option for young who are looking for a career that supports and improves patient care.”