Ian Davies

Senior Lecturer

School of Life Sciences and Education

I graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 1996 with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science. During my degree I was part of the West Midlands Regional Health Authority NHS training scheme for biomedical science and spent vacations and a placement year rotating around all pathology disciplines within the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust. After graduation I achieved state registration by viva with the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (now the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)) in Haematology and Transfusion Science before cross training in Clinical Chemistry and moving to Mid Staffordshire General Hospital. In 1997 I returned to the University of Wolverhampton to undertake an MSc in Biomedical Science. In 2012 I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education at Keele University Medical School and in 2015 undertook a Clinical Academic Internship with Birmingham Health Partners (University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham and Birmingham Children’s Hospital).

Before moving to a full time academic post in 2015 I worked within the NHS for twenty years (being seconded to the university from the NHS part time since 2008). Within the NHS I have acted as lead biomedical scientist and operational manager within the Department of Clinical Chemistry at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust as part of a team implementing the merger to form the new University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. Clinically I was part of a team providing 24 hr / 365 day cover to analyse specimens from patients to assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of disease, together with overseeing staff training and development.

I am active on a variety of local and regional training committees and also act as an external verifier for Health and Care Professions Council registration portfolios for pre-registration biomedical scientists. In 2014 I was appointed as an education visitor by the HCPC with the responsibility to review and provide professional oversight to the approval process for HCPC accredited award programmes and in 2015 I became a panel member for HCPC fitness to practise hearings.

In 2017 I was appointed as a member of the Q Community, a multidisciplinary network of professionals funded by The Health Foundation and NHS Improvement, which aims to foster continuous and sustainable improvements in health and care systems.

In 2018 I was awarded the NHS England Chief Scientific Officer’s Award for “Excellence in Education Delivery” by HRH The Princess Royal and Professor Dame Sue Hill OBE (Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England), together with the Advancing Healthcare Award for “Inspiring the Future Biomedical Workforce” in conjunction with my colleague, Katie Berger, from University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.

In 2020, I was listed in The Pathologist magazine’s “Power List 2020”, a list of influential figures, thought leaders and opinion shapers in pathology across the world.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Chartered Scientist (UK Science Council)
  • Registered Biomedical Scientist (Health and Care Professions Council)
  • Education Partner (Health and Care Professions Council)
  • Fitness to Practise Panel Member (Health and Care Professions Council)
  • Q Community Member
  • Clinical Research Network West Midlands RAPID group (Research Advisory Group for Pathology in Research Delivery)

Academic qualifications

 

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, University of Wolverhampton (1996)

MSc Biomedical Science, University of Wolverhampton (2000)

PGCert Medical Education, Keele University Medical School (2012)

Clinical Academic Internship, Birmingham Health Partners (University of Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham, Birmingham Children’s Hospital) (2015)

 

Expertise

  • Use of biomedical investigations in the diagnosis and investigation of disease
  • Professional, ethical and legal aspects of biomedical practice
  • Teaching, learning and assessment within the clinical / laboratory environment
  • Continuing professional development and the requirements for HCPC registration clinical Pathology service modernisation and redesign
  • Quality improvement methodology
  • Point-of-care testing, service redesign and patient-focused care.
  • Pre-analytical variables (i.e. how factors such as time, temperature and specimen collection techniques may affect the accuracy of a result prior to laboratory analysis).

Teaching

Healthcare Science Course Leader

Professional Practice for Biomedical Scientists (module leader)

Applied Healthcare Science (module leader)

Good Clinical and Scientific Practice (module leader)

Disease Management and Intervention (module leader)

Cellular Pathology (module leader)

Leadership and Project Management (module leader)

Cell Biology and Immunology (teaching team)

Public Health (teaching team)

Biology of Disease (teaching team)

Health and Disease (teaching team)

Publications

Posters

Davies, I & Williams S (2019) Gamification of Biomedical Scientist Education. Poster presented at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Congress, Birmingham, UK

Davies, I (2017) Lean to Learn
Poster presented at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Congress, Birmingham, UK

Davies, I & Driskel, O (2017) Biomedical Science and Clinical Research – Innovating Practice and Developing Potential
Poster presented at the Institute of Biomedical Science Regional Annual General Meeting, Birmingham, UK

Davies, I (2011) Assessing Competence – Learning from our Medical Colleagues Poster presented at the Institute of Biomedical Science Congress, Birmingham, UK

Invited Lectures / Presentations

Davies, I (2019) Careers in Biomedical Science. Invited lecture to the Institute of Biomedical Science Congress, Birmingham, UK

Davies, I (2018) How Can Twitter Help Me?
Invited presentation to Technology Enhanced Learning Showcase, Staffordshire University, UK

Hiley, J & Davies, I (2017) Clinical Academic Careers and Research Pathways for Scientists
Invited presentation to the Healthcare Science Annual Meeting, University Hospitals Birmingham, UK

Hiley, J; Efstathiou, N; Davies, I; Fletcher, J & Miller, C (2017) Getting Started in your Clinical Academic Career
Invited presentation to the Celebrating Multidisciplinary Research in the NHS event, University Hospitals Birmingham, UK

Davies, I (2016) Clinical Academic Internships – An Intern’s View
Invited presentation to the Clinical Academic Internship Programme, University Hospitals Birmingham, UK

Davies, I (2015) Clinical Academic Internships – An Intern’s View
Invited presentation to the Clinical Academic Internship Programme, University Hospitals Birmingham, UK

Davies, I (2015) Developing a Culture of Leadership. Invited lecture to the Institute of Biomedical Science Congress, Birmingham, UK

Davies, I (2015) Clinical Academic Internships and Healthcare Science. Invited presentation to University Hospitals of North Midlands Training and Develop Forum, Staffordshire, UK

Davies, I (2013) Competency-based Assessment. Invited lecture to the Institute of Biomedical Science Congress, Birmingham, UK

Published Articles

Orsmond, P & Davies, I (2020) “Rethinking Approaches to Learning” Biomedical Scientist 64 (7) p. 52 – 53

Davies, I & Horne, J (2018) “Get Yourself Connected” Biomedical Scientist 62 (2) p. 32 - 34

Driskell, O & Davies, I (2017) “Develop, Evaluate and Implement” Biomedical Scientist 61 (9) p. 45 - 48

Davies, I (2017) “A Day in the Life of…” Biomedical Scientist 61 (6) p. 16

Davies, I & Driskell, O (2016) “Biomedical Scientists and Clinical Research: Innovating and Developing Potential” Biomedical Scientist 60 (6) p. 321 – 323

Davies, I & Driskell, O (2016) “Biomedical Scientists and Clinical Research: A Look at Innovation in Practice” Biomedical Scientist 60 (7) p. 376 – 380

Davies, JI; Martin, JH; Smyth MS (1997) “Automated Reticulocyte Counting: Evaluation of the Coulter STKS Haematology Analyser Reticulocyte Counting Function” Clinical and Laboratory Haematology 19(2) p. 89 – 92

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020