Scientific Diversity@UHB - a journey through the specialties

17 March 2016 University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, Mindelsohn Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TH

As part of British Science Week, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust will be holding a Scientific Diversity@UHB - a journey through the specialties event on 17 March. The early part of the day will see pupils from four local schools taking a tour and getting a UHB Healthcare Sciences Passport. The pupils will get their passport stamped at each station, each of which will cover an aspect of healthcare sciences and information about career pathways, and will be staffed by a specialist in the field with interactive demos. Students will be able to enter their completed passports into a prize draw at the end of their journey. 

From 12 - 3pm, members of the public will also be able to take the tour to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at the trust. 

The journey will start with a bed near the Queen Mother’s Bust and a mannequin, surrounded by equipment and maintained by medical engineers and renal technicians. The tour then takes in phlebotomists taking blood from their training arm, the lab team - who will demonstrate what happens to the blood sample - and then the bioinformatics team. 

Travellers can then learn more about research and development at the trust, including the West Midlands Genomics Medicine Centre, as well as the work of the QEHB Charity. The Medical Illustration Team will explore how they record events, while stations staffed by various specialties, including gastrointestinal, vascular, neurology, audiology, lung function and sleep, cardiology, maxillofacial and medical physics, will showcase an array of cutting-edge medical technologies such as scanners and 3D printed components, as well as giving demos to show the vast range of diagnostic and therapeutic roles.