“Nothing beats the sight of a beaming child on the day their brace is removed and their beautiful smile is revealed”


Having qualified as Dental Nurse in 2005, I moved from working in a general dental practice to the Dental Specialities department at Derriford Hospital in 2007.

The dental department at Derriford Hospital is made up of three departments, Maxillofacial Surgery, Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics. I joined the Dental Nursing team in the Orthodontic department, and absolutely fell in love with this branch of dentistry.

Orthodontics is the diagnosis, prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth and jaws. The majority of work is using braces to straighten teeth. In the Trust we tend to see the patients who have more severe or complicated problems such as severe crowding, congenitally missing teeth, impacted teeth and those with cleft lip and/or palate. Our patients are mainly children, although we do treat some adults who are normally seen for a combination of orthodontics and jaw surgery.

I found working in the orthodontic department fascinating and knew I wanted to specialise in this area. Around this time, the first ever Orthodontic Therapists started to qualify from various Dental Hospitals around the country – this was a new role designed to support the work of Orthodontists.

An Orthodontic Therapist carries out many of the tasks that an Orthodontist does; taking dental records prior to and after treatment, fitting, adjusting and removing dental braces, seeing patients in an emergency with broken or damaged braces and supporting the patient with advice during their treatment. However an Orthodontic Therapist doesn’t carry out any treatment planning and must only work under the prescription of an Orthodontic Specialist or Consultant Orthodontist.

I knew that this was the qualification I wanted to achieve and set out gaining post-qualification certificates in Orthodontic Dental Nursing and the Oral Hygiene Educator certificate to be best prepared to apply for this post should one arise.

Fortunately, in 2014, the department decided to create a post for its first ever Orthodontic Therapist and after a rigorous selection day I was thrilled to gain the position of Trainee Orthodontic Therapist and started my new role in January 2015.

After a four week residential course at Bristol Dental Hospital, I spent the rest of the year working with patients at Derriford under the supervision of the two Orthodontic Consultants, and attending study days at Bristol. The course was very intensive and developing the new skills and manual dexterity required to place and adjust braces was taxing – the consultants had always made it look so easy!

The biggest part of developing my role for me though, was making the change from Dental Nurse to clinician. I had loved my time as a nurse; being on the other side of the chair was quite daunting. However, coming from a dental nursing background really makes me appreciate what a massively important part of the team the Dental Nurses are – there is no way I could do my job without the highly skilled individuals that help me. In December 2015 I obtained my Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy RCSEd and started working at Derriford Hospital as a fully qualified Orthodontic Therapist.

I find working as an Orthodontic Therapist so satisfying and really enjoy my job. I see my patients every six to eight weeks over a period of about two-years and during that time I find that I can really build a great relationship with the patient and their family.

Orthodontics is often the first time many children will experience anyone working in their mouth and on their teeth. I like to think that I can offer a gentle introduction to dentistry, as well as offering oral hygiene and diet advice that will help that child develop good habits to keep their teeth healthy throughout their life.

Seeing a child grow in confidence as their teeth straighten is so rewarding and nothing beats the sight of a beaming child (or adult!) on the day that their brace is removed and their beautiful smile is revealed.


Amanda is writing as part of the #WeCare2 campaign that will be running across our Trust communications. Look out for more from the AHPs and HCSs, on our social media pages, Trust screensavers, Daily Email, Vital Signs and much more.

“I think I will say it was a good day and the sick people got better”

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When I get home in the evening my son often asks, “what did you do at work today?” This is in between playing LEGO and reading books on dinosaurs…

What should I tell him? He knows and has an understanding that I work in the Hospital ‘making people better’.

Shall I tell him of the great team in Plym Theatres? Of the ODPs, the nurses, ASP, PCS, Healthcare Assistants, receptionists and Serco staff who all work together to make sure that our patients and visitors have the best possible experience during this stressful time? Or should I talk about the Anaesthetists, Surgeons, Opthalmic, Maxilio-Facial and Dental Nurses, Physios, Radiographers and play specialists who bring their individual skills into the department and integrate together into our unit?

I can tell him of being the person who greets nervous families and gets them ready for theatre. Checking all the details and getting more information, all to keep the child safe. Liaising with Surgeons and Anaesthetists so that we ensure our patients wishes and expectations are met. Applying ‘Magic Cream’ on nervous hands and reassuring all that it is going to be OK. Linking with wards to make sure beds are available and they are ready for continuing care.

I can speak of working with the Anaesthetist, checking the equipment and preparing the Anaesthetic Room for our first patients. Welcoming scared children and stressed parents and with a mix of distraction, humour and smiles putting them at their ease. Ensuring that the child drifts off to sleep in a smooth manner and their airway is secured to ensure their continued safety. Being aware of the child’s needs during the operation, whilst ensuring everything is ready for the next patient and with the Anaesthetist keeping that child safe on the transfer and handover to recovery. I could tell him about doing this in MRI, CT scan or for the sick child in the Emergency Department, Children’s High Dependency Unit and main theatres.

I could say about being one of the scrub team, preparing all the equipment and sets for routine, and some very not routine operations. Getting my hands wet and scrubbing for a very diverse range of procedures from eyes to Orthopaedics and ENT, to Urology and many others in between. Or of circulating and looking after the needs of the surgeon and scrub practitioner throughout the procedure.

I could describe working in Post-Operative Recovery, the initial handover from theatre, ensuring the patient has a secure airway and are out of pain and at no risk of bleeding. Of catching the wriggly toddler as they roll around on the trolley, comforting the child who has had their tonsils removed or reassuring the teenager that their procedure has gone well.

Or into second stage and reuniting children with their parents, making sure that their pain is controlled, their fears allayed. Providing food and drink to hungry kids and getting everything ready to discharge some home and some for on going care in other departments.

I think I will say it was a good day and the sick people got better, now let’s read that book.


Mark is writing as part of the #WeCare2 campaign that will be running across our Trust communications. Look out for more from ODPs, and their AHP and HCS colleagues, on our social media pages, Trust screensavers, Daily Email, Vital Signs and much more.

70% of the world is taken in through our eyes

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My name is Dave Adams and I’m an Optometrist at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. This title, Optometrist, is probably confusing some people at this point. So briefly, let me clear up some of the differences between the roles that sound similar!

Optometrists: We test eyes and dispense spectacles and contact lenses – working in hospital, independent opticians and multiple opticians (like Boots, Specsavers and Vision Express).

Orthoptists: They measure squint angles and take on the role of measuring visual development in children.

Ophthalmologists: Eye doctors who have done a medicine degree and then specialise in eyes.

We all work together with the goal to help people see better, or to save and preserve their eyesight. Hospital Optometry is very much a team sport and that is because of how important our eyesight is – in my opinion vision is the most important sense as 70% of the world is taken in via our eyes.

I guess the aim of this blog is to get you, the reader, an insight into what I do, and why I enjoy doing it.

No doubt about it, careers fairs and the like do not prepare you for a very competitive job market. Optometry is available as a degree at 10 universities and there is (for now) still a shortage of Optometrists. Yes we sit in a dark room all day (sounds dull), but the job is interesting (honest!). Every pair of eyes is different, and 30 years on since qualifying I still find the next patient as interesting as the last.

So this week I’ve seen, amongst others, a contact lens patients with an eye disease called keratoconus – the only way they can see to drive is with gas permeable contact lenses.

I ran a paediatric clinic and prescribed a strong (really strong) pair of glasses to a five-year old, which were his first pair of glasses. This has enabled him to be able to see the blackboard now.

I’ve got an ongoing saga with patient who also wears super-strong prism glasses to prevent her seeing double vision (Diplopia). I’ve sorted out the Diplopia, but it has left her with slightly blurred vision for distance; this is probably due to the way the lenses have been manufactured but I’ll need her to trial the new prescription first.

And, very recently, I managed to even spend the whole day without using any lenses at all (I hear the gasps). New patients suffering with Macula disease (commonly known as age-related Macula degeneration, or AMD) are screened by the Optometrists in the hospital for potential treatment (including laser, injection or surgery). Half of our work in the hospital involves these extended roles with not a spectacle or contact lens in sight!


David is writing as part of the #WeCare2 campaign that will be running across our Trust communications. Look out for more from Optometry, and their AHP and HCS colleagues, on our social media pages, Trust screensavers, Daily Email, Vital Signs and much more.

“I am motivated by the lack of women in the more senior roles within the NHS”


You have already had an introduction to Neurophysiology from my colleague, Lucy Nye, who described how the profession has had to think differently about recruiting trainees and as a result, developed a very hands-on, vocational approach to training.

In this way, Plymouth has been a victim of it’s own success and produced prize winning practitioners who are quickly snapped up by other departments. It can be quite disheartening when departments have invested so much time and effort into developing new recruits and it is fair to say our focus now is very much on developing a strong team which will hopefully make leaving that much harder!

It truly is an exciting time to be working in Healthcare Science

I know it is a cliché, but In Neurophysiology, no day is ever the same. Here in Plymouth we provide a full range of investigations on all types of patients. So, the morning you may be wiring a three-year old up for overnight home video monitoring and in the afternoon you could be testing a patient for progressive eye disease with electroretinography. Our work is as varied thanks to the types of patients we see which, for me, is what attracted me to the profession. The only horizon we have yet to explore is intraoperative monitoring for brain and spinal surgery, something that may change in the future.

The introduction of Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC)

This has pushed Healthcare Science to the fore, recognizing the many different specialities (in excess of 40) and the need for a robust career pathway. It acknowledges the great contribution that the different professions make to patient care. Although this workforce comprises approximately five percent of the total healthcare workforce in the UK, their work underpins 80 percent of diagnosis’ (NHS Employers, 2014).

Lucy described the route to Practitioner level training, but MSC now continues to Healthcare Scientist (Masters Level) and Consultant Healthcare Scientist (Higher Specialist Scientist Training, Doctorate Level). In Neurophysiology, we did not have previous recognised pathways to these levels.

My next step

Recently, I have been fortunate in gaining a place on the HSST program, due to start in September, which is a taught programme run by a consortium of universities.

It is going to be a long, tough course but I am motivated by the challenge and the need to break barriers. In Neurophysiology there is shortage of medics which has left us wanting in the past and this will in part address this but, also, I am motivated by lack of women in the more senior roles within the NHS.

MSC has the potential to change the status quo which will hopefully inspire more to take the challenge. After all, the profile of the workforce (in Neurophysiology at least) is predominantly women.


Nikki is writing as part of the #WeCare2 campaign that will be running across our Trust communications. Look out for more from Neurophysiology, and their AHP and HCS colleagues, on our social media pages, Trust screensavers, Daily Email, Vital Signs and much more.


Play is how young children share their stories and experiences


My name is Lisa Clive and I am a Clinical Psychologist working in Paediatrics since 2007. I love my job which involves working with children and their families with chronic illness and medically unexplained symptoms.


Every day brings new opportunity to support children, their parents and staff.  I love meeting children and their families and through therapy that supports them to develop their coping skills and recognise their own resilience and strengths. Working with children is great as they bring so much creativity and energy which together we harness to bring about positive change. Being in this job one of the most important things I have learnt is how resilient children are, and how easy it is as adults to underestimate their capacity to cope with even the biggest of health challenges.



A really important part of my job is helping children and families develop and share stories of their experiences which can often be quite fragmented.


As Psychologists we call this building a narrative and the research shows us that this capacity to tell stories in our lives increases resilience and supports positive coping. Certainly clinically, I see so much change happening through this process; whether it is the adolescent who wants to build a story of their cancer journey as a child, or the young children who are trying to make sense of their medical experiences.


An example…

Recently I had so much fun with a delightful four-year old who very eloquently told me about the scary bits of his treatment and then together we wrote a story and began to think about what they would like to have done when the scary things happened.


What scared this child, was the number of medical professionals in the room when difficult interventions happened. So, with great glee, he told me how he wished he could have been a lion and roared and roared and scared the doctors away. We had great fun developing his roaring skills and building his story of developing his bravery as a lion and now he has been able to cope with ongoing complex medical treatment. It was interesting to reflect on this with the adults who supported him had not realised what had scared him most.


The lesson for me is to listen to the child so we can support them and don’t be afraid to have fun and be playful. It is amazing the power of play for children and how through play and laughter they can work through challenging experiences, after all play is how young children share their stories and experiences with us.


Something to take away…

As a Psychologist working with children I can’t emphasise enough the importance of taking the time to truly listen children big and small, have fun with them and be playful. It is amazing what a difference this can make even in the most challenging situations.


Lisa is writing as part of the #WeCare2 campaign that will be running across our Trust communications. Look out for more from AHPs and HCSs across the Trust on our social media pages, Trust screensavers, Daily Email, Vital Signs and much more.


“I’ll never forget walking into a bay of post-operative cardiac surgery patients to see them all pretending to hide under the sheets to avoid physiotherapy treatment!”


Like many of my colleagues, physiotherapy was not my first career choice. My journey started whilst working as a nursery nurse in a school for children with profound disabilities, where physiotherapy treatment was incorporated into the daily routine. I was lucky to work with a physiotherapist who enabled me to understand and see the benefits of treatment first hand. She also encouraged me to think about getting more experience and re-training as a physiotherapist.

As a result of this encouragement, I went on to gain a post as a Community Physiotherapy Assistant (whilst taking A-levels via a number of evening classes) before starting my three-year physiotherapy degree training. The experience I gained as an assistant was incredibly valuable, challenging, inspiring and absolutely fundamental to my ongoing learning and development as a physiotherapist.

In my first physiotherapy post, I sustained a manual handling injury being a bit too overenthusiastic whilst transferring a patient into a chair. From this incident, and thinking about the training delivered to therapists, I trained as a manual handling key worker alongside my physiotherapy role, in the hope of reducing staff injury and improving the training delivered.

Looking back on this now it also planted the seeds of my future interest in clinical governance. I had also developed a keen interest in respiratory physiotherapy and was able to be part of the pilot for a recovery at home system. My role was to assess respiratory patients in the medical assessment unit, facilitating discharge and continue acute physiotherapy treatment for a week prior to handing over to the community team.

All of the previous experience, additional training and support from staff was critical to me having the confidence, knowledge and skills necessary undertake this role – which I loved! Preventing hospital admission and having capacity to provide support to patients at home, seeing the difference this made to them, has remained a positive influence on me throughout my career.

To further my cardiorespiratory knowledge, I was fortunate to gain a senior respiratory post at the Trust, eventually becoming team lead for cardiothoracic physiotherapy; an area and role which remains one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had. I certainly had some interesting encounters.

For instance, I’ll never forget walking into a bay of post-operative cardiac surgery patients to see them all pretending to hide under the sheets to avoid physiotherapy treatment! It was funny, but also lovely that they had taken the time to organise it between them and go on to demonstrate how much improvement they had all made in their post-op recovery – it was wonderful to see. It also provided balance to the often difficult and challenging situations faced when treating critically unwell patients, together with the rewards being part of the healthcare team enabling patients in their recovery.

Physiotherapy is an incredibly diverse profession which always has the patient at the centre of care. It takes a holistic approach and encourages self-management of acute and long term conditions. In my current role I am fortunate to treat respiratory outpatients as well as being the Deputy Physiotherapy Manager. I could not do either without the experiences and support I have gained along the way. Working with and trying to get the best outcome for people – whether patients, carers, students or staff – is definitely hard work, but rewarding work which requires constant listening, learning and development as an individual.

I will always be grateful to the physiotherapist who set me on this path – I hope I have helped others to so the same!


Donna is writing as part of the #WeCare2 campaign that will be running across our Trust communications. Look out for more from Physiotherapy, and their AHP and HCS colleagues, on our social media pages, Trust screensavers, Daily Email, Vital Signs and much more.

Guardians of the radiation


Who are those strange characters lurking behind lead glass and kept in their faraday cages?

Like many professions in the NHS, Radiography is not well known and people often don’t realise the breadth and depth to the job. The majority of patients (in, or out) that come into our hospital will need the care of a Radiographer, as over 1000 diagnostic imaging tests are performed daily in the Trust. This is the kind of numbers we are dealing with.

It’s very hard to simplify what Radiographers do when there are so many different specialties within the profession. At its core you could say that we are the last stop before a patient is exposed to radiation; call us ‘the guardians of radiation’. We need to check everything is correct and justified before pressing that button. But our roles don’t stop there, far from it. Over the years Radiographers have taken on more and more responsibility and what is expected of us has changed as well.

Many people think of Radiographers as button pushers or for me in CT according to my friends it’s “flashy flashy press press.” Don’t get me wrong; when that button flashes it brings me great joy pushing it but we all do so much more. We cannulate patients, make sure the exam is justified, check to make sure the entire area of interest is covered, a quick look to spot any obvious gross abnormalities and if we do spot something we then inform our fantastic Radiologists who can then take the appropriate next steps.

In Radiography you can choose many different specialties and they are all quite different, but we all start doing normal x-rays. While in that role we cover ED, dealing with traumas to broken toes, in theatre we provide live fluoroscopy during operations, outpatients X-rays, dental and portable x-rays on the wards.

From here we can progress into several other areas. Let me tell you about a few:

Nuclear Medicine – where they prepare and administer radioactive chemical compounds, known as radiopharmaceuticals and then perform many different scans. Mammography – where specialist Mammographers perform scans, biopsies and report the images.

Computed Tomography (CT)-  which I have spoken about in my previous post. Interventional Radiography – which again involves live images being acquired during interventional procedures.

Cath labs – Cardiac Radiographers help image during the majority of cardiac operations.


We can also move into reporting radiographers who form reports just like radiologists. They cover x-ray (where they can report on the appendicular skeleton), in CT (to report head scans) and MRI have both head and extremity reporting radiographers.


If you have had enough of radiation after a while, there’s the option to change to MRI or ultrasound. In ultrasound after one or two years of further study, you can become a Sonographer. This lovely bunch perform the majority of ultrasound scans from obstetric to Doppler, again forming their own reports like radiologists.


Finally, in MRI, Radiographers perform a variety of complicated scans from cardiac stress scans to head scans, while doing vital safety checks on each patient to make sure there are no contraindications.


As you can see, Radiography covers a wide variety of roles. So next time you see me pressing the flashing button remember we all do so much more and we are (like every job in the Trust) a vital cog in the big, hospital machine.


Matt is writing as part of the #WeCare2 campaign that will be running across our Trust communications. Look out for more from Imaging, and their AHP and HCS colleagues, on our social media pages, Trust screensavers, Daily Email, Vital Signs and much more.

A view from a Speech and Language Assistant


03 December 2014 – the day I started my job. I remember walking through the main doors and being over-whelmed by how busy and frantic the environment was. It was difficult to concentrate on anything else other than making sure I found my way to the department on time. It felt like I had just walked into a mini city.


Looking back I was oblivious and somewhat naive to the job I had applied for

It’s only when I look back over the last nearly three-years, I realise how much I have learned through the experiences I’ve been exposed to here at Derriford hospital.

Within my role I feel particularly lucky and honoured that such a large proportion is direct patient contact. In a short blog it’s hard to sum up what I do day-to-day because every day is so different; you can never predict what sort of patients you will meet.

I help support communication therapy sessions alongside the therapists in our team and I also create communication aids and resources for patients and support patients with swallowing difficulties. Recently, I have been able to support a Laryngectomy patient in using an electronic speech device; she hasn’t had a voice for over four-months.

I also feel lucky that I am currently on the pathway to hopefully qualifying as a Makaton tutor. The Speech and Language Therapy department have recently nominated me for a certificate of excellence which was a surprise and nice token of recognition.

I hope to have a long career within the NHS, and in this department in particular. If there is ever a chance to develop my role further with assistant practitioner apprentice training this is something I would aspire to complete in the future.

Rachael Wilson

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant


Rachael is writing as part of the #WeCare2 campaign that will be running across our Trust communications. Look out for more from Speech and Language Therapy, and their AHP and HCS colleagues, on our social media pages, Trust screensavers, Daily Email, Vital Signs and much more.

One day, whilst I was waiting for a prescription, I thought that working in a pharmacy could be interesting


I have had asthma and allergies for as long as I can remember, so going to pick up a prescription has just been the norm for me… although I never did understand why it took so long to, “just stick a label on a box”.

Fast forward a few years and I am a little bit tired of my call centre job and looking for a new challenge and something more career based. One day, whilst I was waiting for a prescription, I thought that working in a pharmacy could be interesting so I looked into what it took to work in a pharmacy.
After scrolling the internet, I decided it looked like something I would enjoy and realised that there were lots of different avenues to progress, and there was a lot more to pharmacy than people realise; I started job hunting.

Discovering Derriford

I found one in Derriford so I decided to apply. I was shortlisted and invited to an interview!
Now, when it came to the day of the interview I had a serious case of foot in mouth and when asked why I would like to work in pharmacy I responded with ‘well… I am on a lot of drugs’ and then suddenly realised what I had just said so frantically tried to back track and explain it wasn’t anything bad, I was just on inhalers and allergy tablets galore… somehow they saw the funny side and I got the job!
When I started I soon learnt that it wasn’t just a case of sticking a label on the box and letting the patient go on their merry way; every minute it takes from when we receive a prescription until they have their bag of medication is spent checking that all of the correct policies and processes are followed to ensure patient safety during the different stages which include receiving the prescription, clinical screening, dispensing – labelling the items, dispensing – assembling the items and having a final check.

I started off as an ATO (Assistant Technical Officer) and after training in different areas, I had a whole range of different duties which included working in the dispensary; dealing with the labelling and dispensing of medication for our TTAs (Discharge ‘to take away’ prescriptions) and in-patients, working in distribution where we issue and assemble stock to all of the wards in the hospital as well as local community hospitals, topping up wards – ensuring the wards had the correct stock levels and that everything was kept securely and is in date.

I was also required to ‘run’ (not actual running, thankfully!) to collect charts and medication from the wards then deliver it when ready – this was probably the hardest part, especially in the summer as we would often do up to 12 miles of walking up and down stairs and all over the hospital in half-a-day.
I had to cover reception, receiving in prescriptions, charts and dealing with general queries, I needed to fill up the liquid nitrogen canisters, clean leeches – yes we still use them and more regularly than you’d realise. I also needed to carry out general housekeeping such as restocking our supplies of boxes and bottles, cleaning and carrying out stock and date checks.

Moving on, but still in the Trust

After I had been here for a year, a position came up to carry out a two-year course to gain the qualifications required to become a pharmacy technician.

I applied and was fortunate enough to get the position – this was the real start of my career. The course was hard for me as I have been out of education for 15 or so years, and I had to get used to writing long assignments, going away to college for week long blocks to attend college lessons and live in student halls.

Trying to do two qualifications whilst working fulltime, keeping the house in an acceptable condition and looking after my man-child had its moments where I was left wondering if I’d made the right choice or not!

But I have finished now and am waiting to start my new position as a registered pharmacy technician in the coming weeks and looking forward to where I will end up and which path I will go down next.
I really enjoy working in the pharmacy as the day is varied and there is always something new to learn, we are constantly busy, even on days when its quiet (although we never say the “Q” word) there is always something to do to keep us occupied.


Carly is writing as part of the #WeCare2 campaign that will be running across our Trust communications. Look out for more from Pharmacy, and their AHP and HCS colleagues, on our social media pages, Trust screensavers, Daily Email, Vital Signs and much more.

If I, or any of my relatives, needed the services of Cellular and Anatomical Pathology, I know that the service provided would be exceptional


My name is Mike Biscombe and I am the Operations Manager for Cellular and Anatomical Pathology.


“What is that?” I’m sure some of you will be asking, but first of all let me say something about myself.


I am not an Allied Health Professional or a Healthcare Scientist. I am a fairly ordinary bloke from an industry background who has had the good fortune to end up working with a group of extraordinary people.


My team, the Cellular and Anatomical Pathology Team will not be known by a great deal of people within or outside of the hospital, but I’m sure that most people would soon realise if they weren’t around.


The team comprises of four main disciplines; Mortuary, Histology, Cytology and Neuropathology.


So, I would love to take this opportunity to tell you what they do and, most importantly, the huge difference they make to this Trust.




Well it’s obvious what the mortuary staff do isn’t it? They store bodies. No – this group of unsung heroes do so much more than that. They assist the pathologists with autopsies, they ensure that the deceased are treated with dignity and respect, they spend time chasing paper work to ensure that the deceased’s transition from mortuary to funeral director happens in a smooth and timely manner, often having difficult conversations with overworked and weary medics. They also deal with relatives at a time when they are at their lowest, but always with good grace and good humour. I know that this is not a role that I could carry out.


Histology, Neuropathology and Cytology

Staff of all levels work tirelessly to ensure that patient’s cases progress through the system and are diagnosed and reported as quickly as possible. Secretarial and admin personnel work tirelessly making sure that the technical and medical part of the team have the resources they need to carry out their roles. They also ensure that there are effective links between Cell-path and all requesting departments.


The medical and scientific staff carry out highly technical work often in difficult circumstances.

They do not down tools and rush home at the end of the working day, but stay in order to ensure that work is completed and the department is left in an orderly state. They deal with complicated, often upsetting cases and at times are pressured to deliver quickly.


This is a team of many constituent parts: Admin, Secretarial, ATO, Technicians, Biomedical Scientists, Registrars and Consultants, but they are all constituent parts of a single, cohesive and truly effective team.

If I, or any of my relatives, needed the services of Cellular and Anatomical Pathology, I know that the service provided would be exceptional.


I am extremely proud to be part of such an amazing team.

Mike is writing as part of the #WeCare2 campaign that will be running across our Trust communications. Look out for more from his profession, and their AHP and HCS colleagues, on our social media pages, Trust screensavers, Daily Email, Vital Signs and much more.