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Innovative training programme allows Brighton students to join Covid-19 testing workforce

A biomedical science training programme developed at the University of Brighton has been praised by a professional body for its ability to withstand coronavirus pressures.

The training programme, designed by Senior Lecturer in Biosciences Simonne Weeks, allows students studying Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) to join a placement Frontier Pathology laboratories, giving them a chance to work towards the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Certificate of Competence and the Registration Training Portfolio, which means that students can join the essential workforce behind Covid-19 and pathlogy testing.

With pathology lying at the heart of NHS patient care, the training goes some way to ensuring a first-class service. One portfolio from a student was described as ‘outstanding’ by an IBMS verifier, who commended the university’s placement scheme’s ‘quality and skill’.

Mrs Weeks drew on 20 years of pathology expertise as a Senior Biomedical Scientist working in the NHS, the private sector, and within the university’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences.

She said: ““Working with committed students and training officers during these challenging times has been a rewarding experience. I know how important it is to support trainees to learn the knowledge and skills that is required for them to work safely and efficiently in the laboratories.

“The Covid-19 pandemic presented so many challenges for training with increases in workload and resource constraints. I am thrilled that my training programme has supported both the students and their training officers to produce outstanding work in spite of the crisis.”

In addition to training future NHS pathology biomedical scientists, Mrs Weeks is also part of a research team which is building on the success of a published work which uses artificial intelligence to help the early detection of coronavirus.

Stephanie Thomson • October 13, 2020

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