Biomedical scientist receives lifetime achievement award

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Manchester Metropolitan University professor Keith Hyde has been handed a prestigious award at this year’s Chief Scientific Officer’s Healthcare Science Awards.

Held in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, these awards aim to celebrate the contributions of healthcare scientists to the NHS and the broader healthcare system.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to exceptional individuals who have used their skills and scientific ability to maximise patient and service user benefit over the whole of their career.

Keith is Emeritus Professor of Haematology & Healthcare Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Keith said: “As a life member of the IBMS and having left school with 4 GCEs, it has been a privilege to serve for 53 years in the public sector, including 50 years in the NHS. Young members of the IBMS should think ‘if he can do it, so can I.”

Professor Sue Hill OBE, Chief Scientific Officer for England, said: “As we enter our 70th year, NHS scientists remain at the cutting edge of patient care.  A crucial element of the NHS since its inception is that it is a service that has been driven by scientific excellence and advance. High quality science making an impact on patient care has allowed the NHS to tackle the challenges of the past and present and – through initiatives such as Proton Beam radiotherapy and the introduction of the latest genomic technologies in the National Genomic Medicine Service – science and technology is rising to the challenges of the future.

“We are delighted to have the Princess Royal as our guest of honour, and know this event is an excellent showcase for the amazing work that is being achieved in our hospitals and health services on a day-to-day basis which is not always seen or recognised.”

Keith is a biomedical scientist, a Fellow of the IBMS and a Chartered Scientist. He received a medal for 50 years of dedicated service to the IBMS in 2016.

Professor Hyde has had a long career in pathology specialising in haematology.  He worked globally as the former director of the UK External Quality Assessment scheme for general haematology and foetal-maternal haemorrhage scheme as well as being a former Director at the World Health Organisation’s collaborating centre for quality in haematology.  In conjunction to his global work he has been a constant leader in the transformation of pathology across Manchester.