Celebrating our staff in healthcare sciences and inspiring the next generation
16 Mar 2023, 9 a.m.
This healthcare sciences week (13-17 March), we’re celebrating our staff who play a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of children and young people every day.
Healthcare sciences help deliver a wide range of diagnostic and treatment services. There are over 50 scientific specialisms and professional groups of healthcare scientists, with over 50,000 staff across the NHS and public health services. They drive research and innovation to improve our care, for example by providing blood samples in academic labs or analysing data for patient-centred service transformation.
Find out about some of our healthcare science staff by reading their stories below.
If you're interested in healthcare sciences careers, you can find out more on the NHS website.
Raquel Citcovich, Biomedical Engineer
What is your role at GOSH?
I’m the electronics team leader for the biomedical engineering department which means we take care of all the medical devices used at GOSH. I fix issues, teach, and assist staff to use medical equipment. I also help to innovate. For example, we’re working with spinal surgeons and occupational therapists to make a new wheelchair that can help straighten a patient’s back before surgery, so they don’t have to stay in bed for so long and can move around more.
Why do you enjoy this role?
I really enjoy my role because it’s so varied. But this is also a challenge and I’m constantly learning new things. I particularly like working here at GOSH because we have the very best medical equipment to support care for children and young people.
Sebin Sabu, Data Engineer
Since completing my Masters in computational neuroscience, I was interested in working at GOSH as, with University College London Institute of Child Health, it’s Europe’s largest paediatric research centre.
What do you do in your role?
Right now, I support many researchers to access data that is at the core of their research projects. It can help them secure more funding too.
I enjoy working at the hospital because I support research and development into new digital technologies such as wearables and natural language processing that could quickly move on to be used to help care for children and young people.
Ajeeta Patel, trainee healthcare scientist (STP)
What is special to you about working at GOSH?
I enjoy working at GOSH because we put children and young people at the centre of what we do. For example, we’re always looking at how we can make vision tests more comfortable and fun for them to gain the best information on their visual function. Our ophthalmic and vision science team are highly regarded and influence to improve visual electrodiagnostic testing across the UK, and even internationally.
It was only when I joined GOSH that I was exposed to research. I started my first research project which mapped the early stages of eye disease in a rare syndrome even before I got on to the scientific training programme. Thanks to sponsorship through the GOSH Learning Academy I could present a poster on this work at a conference, and this was an inspirational experience.
Dr Ciaran Hutchinson, Consultant Pathologist
Why do you enjoy working at GOSH?
At GOSH, I’ve found that if you have an idea, there is always someone with a brilliant mind around to talk about it with and even start a project. I’ve always been interested in why things happen, so pathology, which aims to understand why a disease occurs is a very fitting career.
I’ve worked with GOSH for around 8 years now and I still see new things almost every day, with the possibility of beneficially impacting the children and young people that we see. I’m particularly interested in paediatric pathology as children’s diseases that are rare provide a unique insight into cellular behaviour that could also be applied to innovative treatments for all.
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