Ms Marie Belcher

What is your job title?

Clinical Scientist / Respiratory Physiology Lead

Where do you work?

Countess of Chester Hospital

What is your specialism?

Respiratory Physiology

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How did you become a Clinical Scientist?

Equivalence Route

What does your role involve?

As the lead for the respiratory and sleep physiology service my role is mainly clinical with some admin. Ensure the day to day running of the outpatient clinics for the CPAP service and the respiratory physiology service. Maintaining up to date guidance and developing the services to provide the best patient care possible.

What does a typical day look like in your role?

Each day is varied so some days may be a full day in the CPAP clinic seeing a mixture of new and follow up patients. The next day could be in the Respiratory lab performing CPETs, lung function and sleep investigations. I also have a responsibility to attend the respiratory team meetings, departmental meetings and update meetings with the business manager.

What is the best bit of your role?

The variability of the role means no 2 days are alike and as the demand on the service for both Respiratory and sleep continues to grow I am always looking into new service ideas, performing service evaluations and reviews so there is scope for development.

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

Embrace it and move forward, don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the process, It can look quite daunting initially when going through the equivalence route but there is help and guidance so use it. Remember every day is a learning day.