In just three weeks, organisations up and down the country will begin their Healthcare Science Week 2017 celebrations. It's not too late to get involved and tell us what you have planned.
Healthcare Science Week is a yearly celebration of science careers in the NHS. It provides an opportunity to highlight the breadth of disciplines and specialisms available, many of which are involved across patient pathways in diagnosing and treating conditions.
There is a range of activities taking place this year from 10 - 19 March, from interactive stands in hospital foyers to pop-up labs, which help to provide a flavour of what these exciting roles do in practice.
Why should we get involved?
Young people, their families and career advisers are not always aware of the vast opportunities available when considering a career in the NHS. We know that there is still a misconception that our 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 are aware 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 post graduate training schemes, there are lots of exciting career routes available where people can make a real difference.
Share your activity
Our 2017 activity calendar is filling up and we are keen to ensure that we capture all trust events. If you would like to share your activity, send a brief outline including where it is taking place, any website links and contact details to HCS@nhsemployers.org.
We are also 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.
If your are using social media to promote the week, don't forget to include #hcsweek17. You can also join the twibbon campaign by adding the HCS twibbon @WeHCScientists to your twitter profile.
Resources to help you
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, 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, including what took place last year, is available in our 2016 social media round-up