It's a privilege to be part of the patient's journey

Posted on Thu, 09/03/2017 by Anisa Ali, Biomedical Sciences student

Anisa Ali

It's Healthcare Science Week 2017 from 10th to 19th March so we're celebrating the amazing work of healthcare science professionals and highlighting the difference they make to patients' lives. Here Anisa explains why our world-class pathology centre is an exciting place to work.

Hi, my name is Anisa, I am an undergraduate student of biomedical sciences at the University of Sunderland.Not only am I studying the degree - I am also working it! I decided to take a gap year from Uni to come and work at the Gateshead QE pathology centre as a placement student, to gain valuable experience to become a biomedical scientist.  I’ve been here since September 2016 and I’m loving it!

It was not until I started my placement that I had a huge realisation of what healthcare sciences is really about.

My job is really exciting, I come to the laboratory every day and analyse thousands of patient samples to report back the results to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This vital information helps a whole host of medical practitioners to diagnose and treat patients. Safe to say it is most definitely true when they say that without the support of the healthcare science team, our doctors could not do their job!

This career is for everyone with a passion for science and technology, it is a huge part of the NHS and a huge part of patient healthcare, so you are involved just as much as a doctor would be and your job is highly depended on, it’s serious stuff. 

There are qualifications required to do the job that I am currently working towards, you’ll need your GCSEs, relevant A levels (3 A levels preferably including biology and chemistry), and an IBMS (Institute of Biomedical Science) accredited BSc degree which can be in healthcare sciences/biomedical sciences. However, there are many other ways to obtain this career, I would speak to a healthcare scientist or take a look on UCAS and other career websites. 

What I enjoy about my job is that I get to take part in performing lots of different tests using so much new technology. Each sample represents a patient at the end of the line, and I have the privilege of being part of their journey from diagnosis to treatment which feels quite rewarding. In my department, Biochemistry, there are highly advanced technologies being used on a daily basis which increases my knowledge in technology as well as science. Having a career in healthcare sciences isn’t the end either, there are so many more opportunities with this field of work, such as medical engineering, clinical industries and progression in the NHS.


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