Beth is an Apprentice Biomedical Scientist based in the Blood Transfusion/Haematology Department of the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan
Beth began her career as a Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) and had always wanted to progress further but the opportunity to complete a degree part time was not available. Beth was made aware of the Apprenticeship by her manager who along with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) supported Beth application for the course. The degree Apprenticeship meant Beth could work and study for the degree part time. Beth enrolled at Salford University on the 3 year Biomedical Science Degree course and is the first student to complete a Biomedical Science Degree Apprenticeship at Salford University supported by SRFT
Beth spends 4 days a week in the laboratory and one day a week at University, she attends the same laboratory classes as students completing the full time degree and completes a lot of online learning. Beth is an employee of the trust and is paid at Agenda for Change Band 4 during her Apprenticeship; she does not pay any tuition fees. Beth has a very varied day when in the lab, her tasks include setting up specimen analysers, issuing platelets and albumins, she makes up reagents, stains slides ready for blood films and uses rapid diagnosis equipment which can diagnose malaria and glandular fever
Beth finds her role very interesting and varied, 70% of patients in hospital will have blood tests so she knows that her work makes a direct impact on patients, especially those who need transfusions. She is also very appreciative of the fantastic support she has received from the trust and her manager
Once Beth has completed her degree and worked for a couple of years she would like to then complete her Specialist portfolio
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