I’m Brad and I’m a first-year cardiac scientist apprentice at the University of the West of England (UWE) I work in the cardiac outpatient department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. The apprenticeship route opportunity is a brilliant programme where I learn on the job gaining skills and completing competencies as well as carrying out academic studies to a degree level.

As healthcare scientists, we provide the tools that doctors need to make vital decisions about patients’ treatment. Despite the vital role Health care scientist’s play in the day to day hospital life, the roles themselves are often overlooked or not known by the general public. Even I admit that before working within the hospital, I didn’t know much about the opportunities available within the healthcare science division, but once I discovered the exciting and innovative field I knew what I wanted to do.

I want to be a qualified cardiac healthcare scientist because I have a passion for both people and science. I’m in a privileged position where you can form excellent patient relationships, especially with those who require ongoing care, as well as performing interesting diagnostic procedures.

I find my role is varied and I can honestly say no two days are ever the same whether it’s the excitement of an emergency procedure or the analysis of patient data; it’s never a boring day! However, the factor that makes it a special field of work is the incredible team of people that I have the opportunity to work with. I’m so proud to work alongside such inspirational, innovative people who all combine to provide the best patient care possible.