Meet the team
role at Rotherham is a biomedical scientist, in particular in the areas of
haematology and blood transfusion, which mostly involves testing patient
samples, checking the results of tests and taking care of the analysers.”
“I've always had an interest in human biology and an affinity with technology. So after working in both hospital and research labs in between my undergraduate and master's degrees, I made up my mind and decided to focus on building a career in medical laboratories.”
“Outside of the work, aside from the occasional night out, I split my time between gaming, playing the piano and going to the gym.”
Rob has been the blood bank manager at Rotherham since
April 2018. “I originally started a chemistry degree, however I left at the end
of the second year. I knew I wanted to work in a laboratory and applied for any
interesting laboratory based jobs.”
Rob, who has four children, doesn’t have much time for
hobbies. “When I do get chance I enjoy gaming, especially racing games. I enjoy
cooking and trying out new ideas in the kitchen.”
has had lots of different jobs before finding her current role. “I started off in retail mainly then
began working for the Trust in the Sterile Services department for a few years
before I started working in the labs.
“I started as a medical laboratory assistant in 2017 and shortly after expressed an interest in undertaking a
degree to progress in my career to the role of biomedical scientist. My line
manager provided information about the degree apprenticeship route and I was
fortunate to be put forward for enrolment.”
Shona is now
attending Sheffield Hallam University one day a week for lectures and does
practical training in her workplace – the microbiology lab.
Stuart Lord is a transfusion practitioner at Rotherham:
“I found science interesting at school, and together with wanting to contribute
and make a difference in the healthcare setting, a combination of these two
seemed the most logical choice. Therefore training to become a biomedical scientist
was the first step in my career path.”
“As the trusts transfusion practitioner I am responsible
for providing a link between the Blood Transfusion Laboratory and the clinical
services within the trust. My day to day role varies considerably, ranging from
direct training and education, interacting with various members of healthcare
professionals and most importantly ensuring to the best of my ability that the
transfusion service provided to our patients is safe, underpinned by the Trust
core values and vision.”
is a biomedical scientist in histology and said she always had an interest in biology.
“In school we did two weeks work experience and I was lucky enough to
carry mine out in the Histology department at TRFT. My role involves preparing
slides to assist the Histopathologists with diagnosing cancer and other
diseases. I also use antibodies to identify different tumour sites and assess
different treatment options.”
When she’s not saving lives behind the scenes,
Lauren enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and walking dog.
doing some volunteer work in a research laboratory at the University
of Sheffield, Paul realised he wanted to do lab-based work.
“As the medical laboratory assistant (MLA) role didn't require any formal qualifications, all
the training I have received has been in-house. This training gave me the
knowledge and understanding required to both meet the demands of the MLA role
and to progress to my current role.”
Paul is now a pathology specimen reception manager. He enjoys running long distance in his spare time and admits to having
a 'slight' tattoo addiction.
“I loved science at school and
wanted to pursue a scientific career which made a
difference. Therefore, I decided to become a biomedical scientist working
within the NHS.”
Nicola completed a BSc in Applied Biomedical
Science at the University of Lincoln, and during the three year degree course
had placements within the Path Links laboratory network and Nottingham
University Hospitals Pathology departments.
Nicola enjoys films, sewing
and spending family time with her husband and son at farms and messy play events.
“I have always been fascinated by disease, how
it affects the human body, and how scientific and analytical advances have made
it possible for us to monitor and help treat disease. I am currently a specialist biomedical scientist in biochemistry. We analyse thousands of
samples a day helping clinicians to diagnose acute conditions such as
myocardial infarction and acute kidney failure, and monitoring
chronic conditions such as diabetes and liver failure.”
Linsey is a rugby fan and loves
to read - her current obsession is medieval history.
“I am the senior biomedical scientist in immunology so
spend my days managing the department and ensuring that staff running the
tests are supported and have everything that they need to achieve the quality
of work that we aim for.”
Jack got into his career because he has always had an
interest medical science.
“As a biomedical scientist I am in a scientific role
which allows me to expand my knowledge and experience in the field while
directly contributing to patient care.”
Holly knew she wanted to have a career in healthcare but didn't want to train to be a doctor or nurse.
“I began looking into other roles within the hospital
setting when applying for university. I always enjoyed biology at school and
when I saw courses for biomedical science I knew I had found the career for me.”
Holly is the senior biomedical scientist in biochemistry.
“This involves not only working in the laboratory as a biomedical
scientist but also taking responsibility for many of the behind the scenes
aspects of the Automated section within the department, such as writing
standard operating procedures, performing audits and ensuring the lab has
everything it needs to run as efficiently and smoothly as possible.”