Geraldine Thompson shortlisted in Chief Scientific Officer Healthcare Science Awards

Congratulations to Geraldine Thompson, Head of Clinical Photography & Medical Illustration Services, who has been nominated in the Chief Scientific Officer Healthcare Science Awards.

Geraldine, Head of Clinical Photography and Medical Illustration Services at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was one of only two people nominated in the Healthcare Science- STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Engagement award, which celebrates the initiatives and individuals who have taken the healthcare science message out to the wider community, particularly within young people and those choosing their career routes.

For the 10th year running Professor Sue Hill OBE, Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England hosted the awards which celebrated outstanding individuals and groups working within healthcare science.

Geraldine, who was born and raised in Gibraltar, has built a strong relationship with local schools in her role as a STEM ambassador. She and has delivered numerous workshops and events focusing on healthcare science and clinical photography, to inspire the next generation.

Geraldine explained:

I am honoured to be chosen as runner up in the STEM Engagement Award. My passion is to engage young people and children from the local community and schools in the wonderful world of Science. People often forget that science is such a creative and broad subject, and I enjoy raising awareness of healthcare science and careers such as clinical photography. To inspire just one child to pursue a career in this area is hugely rewarding.

An example of Geraldine’s STEM work is the ‘Catch the Culprit’ workshop, which includes practical demonstration of forensic photography as well as high-end photography equipment used in a medical environment, such as pathology.

Geraldine’s workshop also involved engaging the children in the practical and application of the science behind photography. Other workshops at the day included chromatography, finger printing and analysing blood patterns to show that forensics science is fun and engaging.

To view a full list of nominations please visit the NHS Network website.