What is your job title?
Consultant Healthcare Scientist
Where do you work?
Cellular Pathology / University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
What is your specialism?
How did you become a Clinical Scientist?
What does your role involve?
- Dissection and reporting of histopathology specimens
- Leadership of the scientific workforce in dissection and reporting
- Education lead for Cellular Pathology
- Cancer MDT meetings
- Trust lead Healthcare Scientist
- Mentoring colleagues within Cellular Pathology and around the Trust
What does a typical day look like in your role?
Dissection of a range of histopathology specimens; reporting gastrointestinal histopathology specimens; teaching and supporting other scientists in training to do dissection and reporting; supporting scientific colleagues with education and training within Cellular Pathology; cancer MDT meetings; advising and supporting Healthcare Scientist colleagues at my Trust; mentoring colleagues
What is the best bit of your role?
Being able to take complete responsibility for a histopathology specimen from receipt to reporting, knowing that I am making a difference to my patients; lifting up others around me who are still in training and helping them to see their true capability
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of moving from a practitioner to a scientist role?
It’s hard work, but it is worth it because it can open up further opportunities for your career, and also inspire others to do the same