Every summer, aspiring biomedical scientists from the University of Plymouth complete clinical placement experience to help them build up a portfolio of essential clinical, diagnostic and research skills. Due to Covid-19, however, the laboratory space previously arranged for the students was no longer available.
Determined to ensure the students were able to complete their placement and gain essential skills, Dr Lynn McCallum, Healthcare Sciences Programme Lead at the University, contacted Plymouth Science Park to see if they could help.
Plymouth Science Park is located close to the city’s Derriford Hospital, facilitating rapid and safe transport of pathological materials, and was delighted to make appropriate laboratory space available for the biomedical undergraduates throughout August.
The gifted space has enabled the students to build up their skill set and provide evidence of a suitable quality to support their national registration.
Dr McCallum said:
“In order to complete their degree, and demonstrate their competence in a laboratory setting, students must produce clinical portfolios of competence to meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements as well as those from the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).