What is your job title?
Lead Cardiac Physiologist
Where do you work?
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
What is your specialism?
Cardiac Science (cardiac rhythm management)
How did you become a Clinical Scientist?
What does your role involve?
My role allows me to work closely with other area leads and cardiologists, who are all striving to continuously improve our services to always deliver high quality patient care. More recently I have been given an exciting opportunity to become the Cardiac Physiology IQIPS lead for our service.
What does a typical day look like in your role?
There are two key components to my typical day. First, managing the day to day running of the non invasive department and working behind the scenes on my longer term vision for this area. Second, being the department education lead and a senior physiologist in CRM, I provide practical and theoretical training for trainees including those in house, PTP, STP and apprentices. My role also includes organising internal and external education sessions and events.
What is the best bit of your role?
My current role allows me to combine my two life long passions, education and cardiac rhythm management. I love being able to create environments where learning can thrive and seeing how individuals can grow and progress in their careers.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of moving from a practitioner to a scientist role?
It’s always good to know where you are heading so I highly recommend first understanding what good scientific practice is. Second, reach out to others for inspiration and motivation and finally, engage with the #HealthcareScience twitter community for encouragement and support.