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Achievements of Biomedical Science students recognised with Roche Diagnostics awards

1 April 2013

L-R: Lesley Smith, Andrew Kelly, Nathan Spencer, Dorota Rzetelska, Balveer Bhuckory and Kellie Petrie

For the first time, all students from the Biomedical Sciences (Integrated) BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Abertay Dundee, who completed an NHS placement as part of their course in 3rd year, have been awarded Certificates of Commendation by Roche Diagnostics for the high standard of their work.

The placements are offered every year by clinical labs in local hospitals and give students the chance to gain hands-on experience of work as trainee Biomedical Scientists prior to graduation.

They also give them the chance to complete their Institute of Biomedical Science Registration Portfolio – an essential part of all Biomedical Scientists’ professional training, which most students only begin once they have graduated.

At the end of the placement, each student's portfolio is reviewed by a panel from Roche Diagnostics, and a prize is awarded for the best one.

The overall winner was Andrew Kelly, who received his award at the University’s Prizegiving ceremony in November.

However, the standard of work of all the students on placement was so high that the Roche review panel decided for the first time to award them all with Certificates of Commendation as recognition of their outstanding work.

Lesley Smith, Nathan Spencer, Dorota Rzetelska, Balveer Bhuckory, Kellie Petrie – and Andrew Kelly – were awarded their certificates by Anne Carstairs, Associate Manager, Department of Blood Sciences from Ninewells Hospital, who was a member of the portfolio review panel.

Gayl Wall, Placement Manager for the Biomedical Sciences (Integrated) BSc (Hons) degree, said:

“The students who go on placement in 3rd year are selected based on their performance during 2nd year. The number of places on offer is strictly limited, so it’s a huge advantage to be selected, as the placements give a real boost to their employability.

“All Biomedical Scientists must complete their registration portfolio in order to become fully qualified, and the fact that these students have been able to do that before graduation means that they’ll be one step ahead when it comes to applying for jobs in what is a very competitive sector.

“The placement students were a really excellent bunch, and it's wonderful that the Roche panel took the decision to give awards to them all. Some of them have even been invited back to their placement hospitals to do their Honours projects, so they clearly made a good impression and we’re incredibly proud of them and their achievements.

“Our students benefit greatly from the support and expertise of the Biomedical Scientists and other NHS staff involved in their training in the placement laboratories of Ninewells Hospital and Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, and we’re very grateful to them for their support.”


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Notes to Editors:

The placements took place in a range of departments within Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy:

Andrew Kelly and Balveer Bhuckory were placed in Medical Microbiology, Ninewells.

Kellie Petrie and Nathan Spencer were placed in Histopathology, Ninewells.

Lesley Smith was placed in Blood Transfusion Service, Ninewells.

Dorota Rzetelska was placed in Medical Microbiology in Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy

Students or graduates must complete a portfolio before they can apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council – the regulatory body which ensures they have reached the required standard of training.

Biomedical Scientists carry out vital work in hospitals such as analysing blood and tissue samples to diagnose diseases, overseeing blood transfusions, and testing samples from patients who have overdosed on unknown substances. They also carry out research into the causes of diseases and research into how to cure them. For further information about biomedical science, visit the Institute of Biomedical Science website:

For more information about the Biomedical Science (Integrated) BSc (Hons) degree course on offer at Abertay, click here.

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