To support Healthcare Science Week 2024 we will be showcasing several cardiac scientists inspirational career journeys.

Chloe Howard – Head of Cardiorespiratory Department at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“I always knew I wanted to do something in healthcare when I was growing up, I originally applied to do medicine but when I wasn’t successful in this, I was able to secure a place doing the Healthcare Science BSc degree or Practitioner Training Programme (PTP). Honestly, this was the best thing that ever happened to me.

I have worked at York Hospital for 9 years now, completed my PTP, STP and am now studying on on the HSST. I love my job and the variety of each day. I worked hard initially to understand ECG’s and found these so fascinating, working as a cardiographer during my summer while studying on the PTP. Since then my interest has grown and grown, We perform so many different investigations and really play such a part in the diagnosis for patients with cardiac disease.

During my progression I have specialised in cardiac devices and cardiac arrhythmias. My specialism now is syncope and I have developed a scientist/physiologist syncope service at York Hospital. We have helped over 200 patients in the last year to either cope with their conditions, or reach a diagnosis and subsequently receive treatment that has completely relieved their symptoms.

Healthcare science is a fulfilling, varied and interesting career that I would recommend to anyone who wishes to care for and help people. I am a BHRS committee member and a representative on the SCST committee to continue the work on ensuring our profession is held to a high standard, and delivers essential education to our members”.