The Biomedical Scientist Live
is back for 2023!

Registration for this event is now open.

About The Biomedical Scientist Live

The Biomedical Scientist Live is back!

The virtual event, brought to you by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), will be delivered over two days in November 2023.

The Biomedical Scientist Live 2023 will feature a packed line up of knowledge sharing sessions, including seminars, presentations, discussions and demonstrations.

The Biomedical Scientist Live event is free to access for IBMS members, If you are a non-member the fee to access the event is £150 + vat.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about this event


Day 1 – 23 November 2022

David Wells, Chief Executive of the Institute of Biomedical Science, welcomes you to BMS Live 2022.

The Biomedical Scientist of the Year, Bamidele Farinre, shares her journey in the profession and give us some of her thoughts and tips on the best ways to be a great leader. Bamidele is recognised as being one of the top advocates for biomedical science. She’s featured on many professional platforms and her commitment to her profession has been acknowledged. Some of her accomplishments included the winner of Biomedical Scientist of the Year award, sponsored by the Institute of Biomedical Science in the UK Advancing Healthcare Awards 2022 and the overall winner. She was also winner of ‘WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards 2022! Science and Engineering category. In recognition of her leadership role, Bamidele was elected as Honorary Fellow of the UK Academy of Healthcare Science (AHCS) in 2022. An inspirational talk for those looking to learn more about leadership in how to progress in, and give back to the profession.

David outlines some of the principles and things you need to consider in readiness for this new International Standard. The standards are written for laboratories primarily but can be used as assessment documents such as UKAS. The standard needs to be fit for purpose across the globe. David explains the relevant requirements and timeline for the standard to be written and developed.

Sheri Scott, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University leads through the opportunities to embed sustainability within the laboratory setting as well as how to understand the concept of sustainability and the role that the SDGs play; how to gain knowledge in different laboratory sustainable practices and how to relate sustainability concepts to personal and laboratory practice. She also describes the impact that climate change is having on human health around the world.

Day 2 – 24 November 2022

Simon Hoggart, Mark Hajjawi and Anthony Rhodes from the British Journal of Biomedical Science share their advice on how to get your research published.

Martin Maley will be discussing the use of a virtual laboratory tool that he has been using in an undergraduate university setting at the University of Sunderland. The tool, The NEQAS BTLP TACT system has been formulated to provide laboratory staff and managers with an interactive knowledge-based training and competency assessment tool, not solely focussed on the practical applications of training, but on the theoretical knowledge of all laboratory Biomedical Scientists working in blood transfusion. The tool creates randomly generated transfusion laboratory scenarios and participants work their way through the scenario for competency training. 

POCT Manager Nicky Hollowood takes us through the impact that Covid has had on accelerating the Point Of Care Testing speciality and the effect of the pandemic on diagnostic hubs. There has been significant and rapid growth in POCT in the UK over the past 203 decades which has been hastened further by the Covid-19 pandemic. Varied approaches to the management of these devices have been seen across the NHS. Nicky talks about the different levels of quality and governance, and lack of standardisation have led to the fast development of POCT services with the role of informatics becoming integral to success.

Dave Goldsmith is a UK scientist working with the Andean Medical Mission in the Bolivian Amazon to eliminate avoidable blindness. Dave speaks about his role, identifying the reasons for the high levels of blindness and finding solutions to bring these levels down. According to the World Health Organization, Bolivia is the poorest nation in South America and citizens who live in rural areas are disproportionately affected by poverty. 43% of the population lives below the international poverty line and 23% live below the international extreme poverty line. 
Dave describes his varied work, from management of the charity, screening and auditing of patients, teaching village doctors, negotiating with government health ministers, preparing surgical expeditions and vaccinating against or treating diseases that impact peoples vision. He also talks about the logistic challenges of working in an area of 200,000 square km of jungle, rivers and swamps.


Martin Maley

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences
Sunderland University
I am a senior lecturer in biomedical science in the Bioscience team at University of Sunderland, specialising in Haematology and Transfusion. I previously worked for NHSBT, and NBS before it, for over 30 years, the last 25 of which was spent in theRed Cell Immunohaematology Laboratory. I am a member of the IBMS Transfusion Special Advisory Panel, and IBMS Deputy Chief Examiner for the Transfusion HSD. I have a keen interest in mentoring, and overseeing placement students and of course lecturing and teaching the newer / younger potential BMSs of the future.
Headshot of Bamidele Farinre

Bamidele Farinre

Bamidele Farinre, HCPC registered, Chartered Scientist (CSci), BSc, MSc, Fellow IBMS is recognised as being one of the top advocates for biomedical science. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Bamidele led the Mobile Processing Unit Vans project (MPUV) as the Chief Biomedical Scientist (Scientific Lead) for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSE/UKHSA). She was also the Training and Development Lead (Covid-19 Mobile Processing Units (MPUs) at the London Medical Lab (LML). Bamidele has worked across different organisations in the healthcare sector; Hammersmith Hospital, Clinical Biochemistry dept, St. Georges Hosp Tooting, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), Public Health England (PHE) now known as UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), and Viapath Analytics LLP in the position of Operations Lead as part of the National Testing Programme requirements to implement local COVID-19 laboratories. She was instrumental in leading, designing and implementing the June Almeida Lab based in the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo London. This was a collaborative project between Kings College London and Viapath Analytics LLP. Bamidele is the deputy chair of the IBMS Virology Specialist Advisory Panel group. This panel plays an important role in the work of the IBMS including the setting of the Congress Scientific programmes and updating the IBMS qualifications including the HSD. Bamidele is an HCPC Registration assessor, the IBMS Representative appointed to BSI committees ,Local school governor, WISE campaign role model for ‘My Skills My Life’, Inspiring the Future STEM ambassador, IBMS Mentor, Freedom to Speak Up ambassador, British Science Association (BSA) Crest award assessor, IBMS CPD officer and mentor, and a Freedom to Speak-Up Ambassador.

Sheri Scott

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science
Nottingham Trent University
Sheri Scott is a Senior Lecturer and course leader for the IBMS accredited BSc Applied Biomedical Science at Nottingham Trent University. Sheri joined academia in January 2018 after a career covering 22 years working in Clinical Biochemistry in NHS laboratories. As a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist professional and Chartered Scientist, Sheri is an advocate for continual professional development and champions for sustainability. As part of her academic and professional practice roles, she leads on the delivery of pre and post registration training, assessment, and qualifications on behalf of the university and the IBMS.

David Wells

Chief Executive
Institute of Biomedical Science
In June 2021, David Wells was appointed as the IBMS Chief Executive. Previous to this, David led the NHS England and NHS Improvement Pathology consolidation programme – tasked with delivering efficient, high quality pathology services across England. David has been recognised as one of the most powerful advocates for pathology in the global community by The Pathologist magazine, featuring in their Power List top 100 every year since 2018. As Head of Pathology at NHS England, David was responsible for leading the laboratory response to COVID-19, managing the technology deployment, funding and workforce. He was also tasked with ensuring all capacity requirements were met, advising ministers by providing policy and strategic direction, and helping the government to achieve their goal of delivering 100,000 COVID-19 tests per day in April 2020. In recognition of his COVID-19 response work and for transforming England’s pathology services, the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) awarded him an Honorary Fellowship in 2020 and Anglia Ruskin University presented him with the Alumni Frontline Service Award in 2021.

Dr David Ricketts

Head of process improvement
Health Service Laboratories
Dr David Ricketts DBMS currently works as head of process improvement for Health Service Laboratories in central London, which is part of the wider Sonic Healthcare group and is the managing director of his own Consultancy firm, in which capacity he is speaking today. David chairs the TC212 mirror committee and is head of delegation for the UK on the international TC212 committee. David has experience in writing standards and was the project lead on ISO22870, on the drafting team of the new ISO15189 as well as being involved in many other standards including ISO22367. David has written many expert commentaries for British Standards. The commentaries are designed to explain the changes in the new version of ISO standards and explain how to use them in the laboratory setting, ISO22367 and ISI15190 (safety) are two recent commentaries.David has a strong background in laboratory process improvement and links this to the needs of compliance with ISO requirements.He has spoken nationally and internationally on a wide range of subjects including quality and compliance and is speaking on risk and safety as well as the new version of ISO15189 at the IBMS conference this year in Birmingham. The IBMS is the Institute of Biomedical Science, the professional body for most laboratorians in the UK.

Nicky Hollowood

Specialist Advisor on POCT
I started my BMS career as a trainee at Leeds TH in 2001 and then moved to Harrogate hospital as a POCT and community service manager in 2006. The POCT department at Harrogate has grown considerably in this time and we were the first in the UK to achieve UKAS accreditation in 2016.  As well as being passionately involved in POCT service development I have worked at the CCG as a clinical engagement lead, with NHS England on the pathology Futures project, establishing and delivering organisational development at Harrogate and more recently as a Specialist Advisor on POCT and module tutor for the IBMS certificate of expert practice (CEP) in POCT. Outside of work, I am involved in writing qualification material for the NCFE, I am match secretary and play badminton in a local league in Bradford and have two young children who keep me busy!

Dave Goldsmith

General Manager
Andean Medical Mission
Dave Goldsmith is General Manager of the Andean Medical Mission.I am a UK scientist (RSci.) working in the Bolivian Amazon tasked with eliminating avoidable blindness here. My role involves identifying the reasons for the high levels of blindness and finding solutions to bring the levels down. Day to day work varies from management of the charity, screening and auditing of patients, teaching village doctors, negotiating with government health ministers, preparing surgical expeditions and vaccinating against or treating diseases that impact peoples vision.

Simon Hoggart

Journal Development Manager
British Journal of Biomedical Science
Journal Development Manager,  British Journal of Biomedical Science.

Mark Hajjawi

Pathology Services
Scarborough Hull and York
Scarborough Hull and York Pathology Services, and Deputy Editor, British Journal of Biomedical Science.

Anthony Rhodes

British Journal of Biomedical Science
International Medical University and University of Malaya, and Editor-in-Chief, British Journal of Biomedical Science.

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