@NHS from 27/03/17 to 31/03/17
Twitter Handle: @DrHKRobinson
Job title: Trainee Clinical Scientist
Place of work: North East Thames Regional Genetics Laboratory, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
I’m a Trainee Clinical Scientist working in the North East Thames Regional Genetics Laboratory at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). I started working in the department in 2015 when I was successful in my application to the NHS Scientist Training Programme.
The Scientist Training Programme is a three year training programme that includes work-based learning and a Masters qualification in Clinical Science. I chose to train in Genetics as it’s an area that I find fascinating, although the programme offers many other healthcare specialisms to choose from.
Over 80% of diagnoses in the NHS involve the work of Healthcare Scientists, although often it’s a job that not many people have even heard about.
Some Healthcare Scientists see patients regularly in clinics or on wards, whilst others, like myself in Genetics, are working in laboratories ‘behind the scenes’. However, a crucial role of all scientists, regardless of specialism, is to bring new scientific advances and technology into the NHS to improve patient diagnosis, treatment and monitoring.
I have always been passionate about science and more specifically in understanding the human body in health and disease. In 2011, I graduated from the University of Leeds with a first class Bachelors degree in Medical Science, after which I gained a PhD in Neuroscience from Cardiff University. Towards the end of my PhD I knew that I wanted to continue into a career in Healthcare Science and to have the opportunity to use my scientific background and experience of research to contribute towards the NHS patient pathway.
Moving to work in London was a big decision but I have enjoyed every minute of it. GOSH is an inspirational place to work and it’s rewarding to be part of a team that can finally provide answers for some of our patients with very rare genetic conditions. Outside of work and studying, I enjoy discovering everything London has to offer (beautiful parks, great museums, musicals, restaurants…) but on rainy days I can often be found on the sofa watching a good documentary with a nice cup of tea!
I hope you enjoy getting a glimpse of what I do as a trainee and an insight into what goes on behind the scenes in the Genetics Laboratory at GOSH. I look forward to trying to answer your questions in 140 characters or less!
- The National School of Healthcare Science on Twitter
- Information about the NHS Scientist Training Programme
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- The 100,000 Genomes Project from Genomics England
- Genomics Education Programme
- Genetic Alliance: support for families affected by Genetic conditions