9 Mar 2020, 9:52 a.m.

From Monday 9 March until Saturday 14 March, Gloucestershire Hospitals will be celebrating its healthcare scientists and the role they play in making a difference to patients’ lives as part of national Healthcare Science Week.

During the week, children from local schools will have the opportunity to learn about what scientists do and the vital role they play. Over 21 interactive sessions are available across both Cheltenham and Gloucestershire hospital sites to give behind-the-scenes insight into the role of a healthcare scientist. The week will culminate with a careers event on 14 March which showcases many different healthcare science and allied health professionals’ services. All sessions are advertised on Eventbrite and people are encouraged to book.

Dr Tony Dix, Head of Medical Physics and Lead Healthcare Scientist said: “There are a wide range of Healthcare Science and Allied Health Professions that are busy providing essential services for the benefit of our patients at our hospitals. These professions are often out of sight, but perform a vitally important role in delivering excellent and effective patient care.

“It is a little known fact that whilst Healthcare Scientists make up only 5% of the workforce they are involved in 80% of the diagnostic tests that are performed in our Trust. This Scientific workforce is also the best place to support the early adoption of new technologies and techniques that are needed to help meet the future challenges of the NHS and ensure that we remain a world leader in Healthcare. “

At Gloucestershire Hospitals, there are over 300 scientists working behind the scenes in a variety of fascinating disciplines including audiology, cardio physiology, medical physics, medical engineering, and maxillofacial dental technology to name a few.

Healthcare Science Week is an annual celebration to raise awareness for the many careers in healthcare science. It provides your healthcare science professionals with an opportunity to promote their profession and inspire the scientific workforce of the future.