Leonie Wheeldon named Biomedical Scientist of the Year

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A Consultant Biomedical Scientist from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has been named Biomedical Scientist of the Year at the prestigious Advancing Healthcare Awards 2024.

Leonie Wheeldon specializes in Diagnostic Cytopathology. Earlier this year, Leonie was told the news that she had been shortlisted for the award by the British Association of Cytopathology (BAC).

The 2024 winners were announced at a ceremony Friday 26 April at the Park Plaza Victoria, London, where Leonie was presented with the award for Biomedical Scientist of the Year by host Eamonn Holmes.

Leonie Wheeldon is presented with the Biomedical Scientist of the Year award

The judges chose Leonie because they felt she: “Brings real benefits to patients, with a powerful combination of service innovation and biomedical scientist training and development that has international reach – a real ambassador for her profession.”

The BAC said: “Leonie became one of the few biomedical scientists to achieve the Advanced Specialist Diploma in Diagnostic Cytopathology and has, for many years, relentlessly and enthusiastically trained other healthcare professionals in her own and other specialties, locally and nationally, particularly in the practice of Rapid Onsite Evaluation (ROSE). Leonie has led the development of the new BAC website, been involved in the planning of the IBMS Congress programme and continues to be a real inspiration to cytologists across the UK and beyond and to her Executive member colleagues.”

Speaking about her award, Leonie said: “I am truly grateful to be named Biomedical Scientist of the Year. This recognition is testament to the dedicated laboratory teams, clinical teams, national and international teams that I have had the privilege to work with.

This would not be possible without each and every one of them. Diagnostic Cytopathology is fundamental in the delivery of highly effective cancer pathways. Medical advances utilising smaller sampling methods puts Cytology services at the forefront of modern healthcare and integration with medical services puts our personnel in the heart of the clinical interface.

I’m excited to see the developments of cytology services with widespread excellence becoming a standard of practice. Making these meaningful contributions in our field truly results in positive impacts to pathology services and most importantly patient care.” We spoke to Leonie following her shortlisting earlier this year to find out more about her work, as well as the role of Diagnostic Cytopathology at RCHT.

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