NHS trusts up and down the country are preparing activities and events for Healthcare Science Week 2017, recognising the importance of science careers in the health service
Taking place between 10 - 19 March this year, Healthcare Science Week is an annual celebration providing an opportunity to highlight the breadth of disciplines and specialisms in the NHS, many of which are involved across patient pathways in diagnosing and treating conditions.
There is a range of activity planned, from interactive stands in hospital foyers to pop-up labs, which help to provide a flavour of what these exciting roles do in practice.
It's not too late to spread the word in your organisation and feature on our activity calendar.
The benefits of getting involved
Young people, their families and career advisers are not always aware of the variety of science career opportunities available when considering a future in the NHS. We know that there is still a misconception that the NHS is made up of doctors and nurses, and scientists are hidden in laboratories.
It's important in the interests of workforce supply and widening participation that people understand and appreciate that healthcare science is involved in 80 per cent of clinical diagnosis and treatment, and that it is driving innovation in the NHS. From apprenticeships to postgraduate training schemes, there are lots of exciting career routes available where people can make a real difference.
Share your activity
If you would like to share your activity and feature on the calendar, please send a brief outline including when and where it is taking place, any website links and contact details to HCS@nhsemployers.org.
We are looking to develop shared learning in blogs and written examples. If you would like to share your experience of Healthcare Science Week and the benefits, please get in touch.
Don't forget to include #hcsweek17 and lots of photographs if your are using social media to promote activity. You can also join the twibbon campaign by adding the HCS twibbon @WeHCScientists to your twitter profile.
There is a suite of information and resources designed to help local lead scientists, ambassadors and the science profession promote the opportunities available and inspire the future workforce. To download the official 2017 logo, official poster, toolkit, guide and films, visit our campaign section.
Find out what other organisations are doing in the 2017 activity calendar. More information on Healthcare Science Week 2017, including what took place last year, is available in our 2016 social media round-up.