Our Healthcare scientists will be celebrating British
Science Week by opening their doors to schools and the public on
Wednesday 15 March 2017.
Joanne Ashton, Cardiac Clinical Scientist at University Hospital
of North Durham said: "The chance to meet young people with an
interest in science is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness
and demonstrate the broad range of career opportunities within
healthcare science. Many people don't realise the essential work we
do, sometimes behind the scenes, but we're also often involved in
direct patient care. Healthcare scientists and engineers make up 5%
of the total NHS workforce and complement the clinical role in all
kinds of ways - it's a myth that we only work in laboratories and
never treat patients directly. We push the boundaries and
innovate, to constantly improve services.
"Audiologists, for instance, work with patients to diagnose
problems with hearing, balance and tinnitus. Medical
Illustrators specialise in photography, graphic design, medical art
or videography, producing material for use in patient care,
education and teaching. Cardiac scientists program pacemaker
devices to ensure they work effectively, as well as using
ultrasound to help diagnose abnormalities with the
structure and function of the heart.
"Healthcare scientists can make a real difference to patient
experience and care".
Staff including scientists from Biochemistry and Nuclear
Medicine will showcase their work with fun and interactive
demonstrations and give advice on pursuing a career in healthcare
science. The event will take place at Prospect House in Durham 9:00
am to 4:00pm.
Any teachers or schools wishing to attend, or to register a
place, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community