NHS placement gives employability boost to DMU Biomedical Science graduate

A De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) Biomedical Science graduate has landed her perfect job with the NHS after gaining the required registration while on placement.

Karishma Patel started her role as a Biomedical Scientist at the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) straight after graduating with First Class Honours.

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She said: "I was one of the lucky few to be employed at the LRI in the Histopathology department and I'm delighted to be able to work in the field that I did my degree in.

"My placement was a great way to link my studies to working in an actual pathology laboratory.

"To work in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist you need to be HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered. While undertaking my placement year at the LRI, I achieved the prerequisite level of competence to legally practice by completing the HCPC registration portfolio."

Karishma's role for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust involves carrying out scientific processes and techniques on body tissue samples, which are then examined by a histopathologist to diagnose disease.

The 24-year-old says her course, which has professional accreditation from the Institute of Biomedical Science and gives students eligibility to register with the HCPC, provided her with all the knowledge required to work in a pathology laboratory.

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She said: "The theoretical knowledge and practical skills appropriate to the study and interpretation of the physiological and molecular biological processes relating to normal and diseased states in humans are all taught in the three years at DMU.

"All the lecturers were very helpful throughout my four years. They were always available via email and, whenever contacted, they would always be happy to help.

"The lecturers are very passionate about their area of research, which was proved to us in every lecture they delivered on a daily basis."

Karishma originally chose DMU as it is a "great university close to home". "The careers and employability services are great," she said.

While making great friends and achieving a First were highlights of her time at university, Karishma says her third-year placement provided her with a valuable real-world opportunity.

She said: "I gained experience and an understanding of the role of a Biomedical Scientist. Working in histology allowed me to interact with biomedical scientists, doctors and consultants, which gave me the opportunity to experience working with different professionals."

Her advice to prospective students is never give up! She said: "Every year it gets harder and harder, but keep on top of studying and assignments and you'll cruise through university!

"Obviously enjoy your time at university, but don't let it get in the way of achieving what you're here to achieve - your degree!"

Posted on Tuesday 15th March 2016

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