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Healthcare Scientist of the Year

NHSScotland Healthcare Scientist of the Year 2013

JACKIE Wales, quality, training and point of care manager for haematology in North Glasgow, has scooped Scotland’s Healthcare Scientist of the Year Award.

A trained biomedical scientist (BMS), Jackie has a particular interest in training and is passionate about training opportunities for potential, future and existing staff. She has led the development of many courses and training and manual guides and is heavily active in mentoring and in organising student placements. She also regularly contributes to Glasgow Caledonian University open days encouraging potential students to study HCS related degrees and is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador visiting local schools to deliver careers talks. A member of the IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Science) in Scotland Training Forum, Jackie has participated in several ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions at the Glasgow Science Centre and the Big Bang Festival at the SECC. All of these activities have been undertaken in her spare time and has elevated the profile of HCS careers.

Congratulating her on her award, Alistair Kyle, technical services manager, said: “Jackie has always seen education as a way of staff to further their careers and to use the knowledge gained to be used to enhance our services. She is a highly dedicated healthcare scientist who has made an outstanding and sustainable contribution to the profession.”

Speaking about her award win, Jackie said: “To say I was shocked to receive this award is an understatement but I am delighted to be recognised for activities that I love doing especially ensuring our future and current BMS’s have the training and education to deliver the best service now and in the future.”