Council Blog

APRIL 2020:


It is in times like these we realise just how privileged we are to work for the NHS, be that directly or indirectly; to see, hear and join in with the 8pm clapping event in recognition of the work of so many, is both a proud and emotional moment.

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MARCH 2020:


You may have noticed that ‘One Voice’ has disappeared from the AHCS website. The pillar of the AHCS that advises on issues relating to the Healthcare Science workforce and professional matters has now changed its identity to the ‘Professional Bodies Council’.

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JUNE 2018:

THE ASSOCIATION OF GI PHYSIOLOGISTS [AGIP] – Addressing Current Workforce Shortages

AGIP is an Associate group of the British Society of Gastroenterology. AGIP members, work closely with gastroenterologists and upper and lower GI surgeons and provide a physiological assessment service in Gastroenterology. AGIP Accredited Independent Healthcare Practitioners in GI Physiology are experienced in planning and performing a wide range of diagnostic investigations to assess the function of the entire GI tract. Gastrointestinal [GI] Physiologists will also be involved with the training of other health care professionals, involved in research and development and the provision of education in this specialist field.

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JULY 2018:

British Society for Echocardiography (BSE)

Echocardiographers independently perform a wide range of ultrasound based diagnostic procedures to assess the structure and function of the heart and its associated vasculature in a range of environments. The national body, the British Society of Echocardiography, represents the interests of those working in clinical echocardiography at all levels, and in all areas, including: adult and paediatric cardiology, cardiovascular research and post-graduate level education. With over 3,300 members, it is the largest of the professional groups affiliated to the British Cardiovascular Society. It has functional links to the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) and is an American Society of Echocardiography International Alliance Partner.

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The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)

The institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) is a charity, a professional body, and a learned society that has a mission statement that seeks to constantly improve human health by the application of physics and engineering to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease through research, innovation, education and clinical practice.  The institute has around 4700 members which comprise of physicists, engineers and technologists working in academia, industry and the NHS. The membership has a slight majority working for the NHS, around 55%, comprising clinical scientists, clinical technologists, and trainees.

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The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Biomedical science is the science at the heart of healthcare. Most biomedical scientists work in healthcare laboratories analysing blood samples, tissue biopsies, swabs or other samples taken in hospital or at a local GP’s surgery. Their work provides the information and diagnosis on which a patient’s treatment is planned. They provide the ‘engine room’ of modern medicine. 70% of diagnoses in the NHS are based on pathology results provided by laboratory services. Handling over 150 million samples in the UK each year, every person at some point in their lives will benefit from the services of a biomedical scientist.

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