Dr James Willis

What is your job title?

Senior Clinical Scientist

Where do you work?

Royal United Hospital, Bath

What is your specialism?

Cardiac Science, echocardiography

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How did you become a Clinical Scientist?

Equivalence Route

What does your role involve?

Service lead for echo. Running complex echo lists such as DSE, LVO and bubble studies. HSST trainee.

What does a typical day look like in your role?

Day to day assessment of all OP echo clinics. Working with a wider echo team to plan future service needs. Either an inpatient, outpatient standard echo clinic or running a complex echo list alongside another sonographer. Training in TOE or supervising a training echo list.

What is the best bit of your role?

The opportunity to plan, implement and review new service changes that ultimately improve our patient experience. This may be training in advanced practice or a change in clinic delivery.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of moving from a practitioner to a scientist role?

Recognise it may take some time. Start making a list of evidence early and be aware it doesn’t always need to be a certificate. Talk to people about what you are doing – spread the word!