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I'm Johnny Lee I'm ready therapy physicist platypus Cancer Center in the same way as a pharmacist job is to make sure the patient receives the right amount of a drug our job is to make sure that the patient receives the right amount of radiation as having done the work experience and really thought this is something I could see myself doing there's a good mix of routine work and project work not every day's a Eureka day but I think one of the things about Medical Physics is that you get to use your science and academic skills in order to benefit patients there are elements of it where you've had a good day and you've got a good result at the end of it and that means that someone's cancers either cured or that they're in less pain than they were at the beginning of the day and you can kind of take that home with you as a solid result my name is Hannah Dalton and I'm 25 years old I am training to be a clinical scientist in the NHS I'm currently in my part two training and for this I've been seconded to design ability the Barnett achievement of cool engineering when I was in school I didn't know what I wanted to do and I was really good at maths and I really love resistant materials at my real ethology and I did want to do medicine but it wasn't quite the right route for me and my chemistry teacher suggested to me what biomedical engineering the NHS training scheme it is a challenging scheme but it's meant to be challenging and the training is so diverse it gives you lots opportunities to experience so many different things the highlight of my training so far is when you're with the patients and you are handing over the device that you've designed and manufactured and how happy they are with what you've given them and how actually it's going to improve their life so much it's safe pleasing when you walk away from somewhere when you know you've made that difference my name is Rasmus Ali Aziz medical engineer right at the back of your eye you have got what we call retina and you're looking at the health of that section of the eye by putting an electrode drop in an electrode onto the surface of the eye flash sunlight at the front of the patient on a monitor or screen so that's that's actually part of my PhD as part of it I need to to come up with new methods of doing the same routine clinical test that we are doing at the moment you've gotta have impact if you're working in a chest you go to outpatient impact it's a wide area and it's very stimulating and it's very challenging because it's you know on your own you are in a working environment working with others you constantly have things to do and you have got patients you've got clinics you've got research we've got the whole bunch my name is Kirsty Lee and I work in nuclear medicine as a clinical technologist it involves seeing a patient on a day-to-day basis at basis and conducting a diagnostic test on them so that can involve things like them arriving for a bone scan or maybe a heart scan and then having a radioactive administration in order for us to take the pictures we've we've got both areas to work with both the science part and also the patient side so I did a level a lot of different a levels and didn't really know what I wanted to do at all and then applied for a training scheme at my local hospital in nuclear medicine for and I did that for four years so we see lots of cancer patients to look for spread of cancer in various ways we also see a lot of orthopedic patients to do with maybe replacements hips knees brain patients Parkinson's disease Alzheimer's disease the list is endless really I need to have good communication skills there is a lot of lack of understanding about radiation so one of the main barriers to has been able to do our job is that patients don't understand that their test involves having radiation we all get on very well as a team and we all really enjoy this lot of work banter like anywhere else that you'll work my name is Mark strange Minh I work at a lector limited and my job title is a physics technician Elector the primary piece of equipment will be the linear accelerator which is a clinical freak machine for treating cancer during the electrical apprenticeship scheme I was able to go into on a free monthly rotation all sorts of different departments so I went to research and development for mechanical design for electrical design our instant formitz management and industrial engineering so I'm not quite a physicist yet there's something I'm working towards a moment with a degree at the Open University one of the proudest achievements I've got since I've been here elector is having quite as much involvement with the agility MRC which is our latest generation beam shaping product so that's now out in the field and it's a world leader in what it does so it's really quite important to be a part of that and so when we shift machine to the hospital and it's very much that their patients that they're treating but it's really good to know that the product we've invested time and spent time manufacturing and designing and innovating with is making a difference people's life is not for everyone but I've I've yet to find anyone who started it and not enjoyed it and it's a good career if you want to have a very clear patient focus but with an added aspect of some science behind it as well I'm so glad I chose Sciences for my a-levels because it opened up so many doors when I was trying to choose the course I wanted to do at University whenever you see happy patient or any whenever you see that you are making the difference and you feel that you're making a difference it's the best reward anybody can have you

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