University of Science and Technology(Ghana) Degree Physics with medical physics options, Brunel University(MSc Biomedical engineering,), University of Manchester(current)
Bachelor of science, master of science, Professional doctorate Clinical biomedical engineering (ongoing)
I worked as a teaching assistant before university. Whiles in university I worked as a fruit packer, Royal Mail post woman, shops, events. receptionist, administrator. After my MSc, I have worked in various clinical engineering roles.My first job was Medical Equipment library coordinator, then I became an Electromedical Technician then an Electro biomedical engineer within a year and half. I moved into a more patient facing role as a Healthcare Scientist – Assistive Technology Specialist providing technology for children with complex communication and physical disabilities to be able to access their environment and to communicate . Currently work as a Clinical Engineer in a hospital. I am a state registered clinical scientist and I am enrolled on the Higher Specialist Scientific Training to be a registered consultant clinical scientist.
Healthcare scientist - clinical engineering
Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering
Royal United Hospital
Favourite thing to do in my job: using science for patient benefit
When I am not working, I spend time with friends and family
I grew up in Ghana where students are encouraged to choose science very early on depending on interests and abilities. I wrote SSCE which is equivalent to A levels and I chose the three sciences including Maths. I am the first person in my family to have read straight sciences and then carried on to pursue a STEM career.
I studied BSc Physics. I realised I could use physics to make an impact in lives, I chose Medical Physic Modules in my final years. I didn’t have much background information and I didn’t have anyone in my network who knew about this. I chose to study MSc in Biomedical Engineering. I have spent 10years working in various clinical engineering roles.
My husband and family have been my cheerleaders.
I am married to Ed with 3 children a boy and 2 girls; 9, 6 and 5 and we live in Kent. I work away from home Monday to Friday and so my weekends are very packed.
I spend my weekends with my trio watching family movies, chatting about their week or having fun engaging in really random stuff like karaoke or playing board games.
My boys love to play the piano whiles the girls sing their favourite songs and dance to tunes which I join in too. I enjoy cooking and hosting friends and family as well and there’s mostly never a quiet moment in the house. On Sundays, I either serve on the hosting or children’s team.
Apart from working as an engineer in the hospital, I am a member of the hospital choir and we rehearse lunchtime every Tuesday. The choir performs in at least two concerts a year and my favourite time is Christmas where we visit the wards and sing to raise money for the hospital’s charity.
I believe nothing is impossible for those who believe. Make use of all opportunities that come your way. My 10-year career journey has been through relentless determination, perseverance, hard work and continuous learning. Hard work pays off.
“Working as a clinical engineer is very diverse. I get the opportunity to meet professionals from different disciplines as I am required to work together with them. It is fulfilling to know that what I do contributes to ensuring that equipment is safe before being used on the ward.’’
I have been working within the healthcare science workforce group over the last 10years. Healthcare scientists use their knowledge in science and technical skills to advance care either by working directly with patients, or in supporting roles or involvement in research and innovation. We make up only 5% of the NHS workforce but have multiple impacts in patient’s pathways.
I worked as electro biomedical engineer technician and then to an electro biomedical engineer over a period of 2years. I was responsible for accepting and commissioning new medical devices, performing routine and preventative maintenance and repairing medical equipment.
I worked as a Healthcare Scientist Assistive Technology Specialist for 6years where I worked as part of the multi professional team of occupational therapists, speech therapists and teachers, using my professional expertise as an engineer to provide assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering solutions to assess children and young persons with highly complex physical, communication and learning needs.
I currently work Healthcare Scientist in Clinical Engineering and a Business manager for the Medical Equipment Management service.
Clinical engineering in hospital focuses on the application of technology in the clinical environment.
As a business manager, I manage the service level agreement for medical equipment management services provided to other various healthcare organisations in the community.
In my clinical engineering department
I work with other members of staff and patients to decide which equipment is best , Compare cost against how well they work. This require assessing the requirement of need, developing a specification to meet all current and relevant guidelines, organising demonstration days for relevant staff to play and evaluate and ensuring its safe to use before trying in wards.
We keep records of what equipment has been purchased, fixed and withdrawn from use which is managing the whole equipment lifecycle. I carry out risk assessments.
I keep track of our work that we provide to external customers which is fixing and maintaining equipment and ensure all our customers are happy as a business manager.
I investigate device safety alerts involving reusable medical equipment
I analyse device related incidents over specific period to highlight any trends and lessons learnt.
1. Accessible nurse call buttons for patient with limited or no hand movement.
- I am currently writing a proposal to develop an assistive technology service to support inpatient with complex physical and communication needs in RUH. Improving communication between patients with speech disability and clinicians
- I am building a business case for tracking medical device real time throughout the hospital using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
- Identifying and developing an efficient and cost effective way of reading and logging drug fridge temperatures remotely.
My Typical Day
it could vary on day to day so ability to prioritize whiles being responsive is key
I could be leading on a project to purchase a medical device which has to be delivered within agreed timescales. This may involve engaging all relevant stakeholders which include suppliers, clinical users such as nurses, doctors, IT etc. The engagement process could involve developing device specification with a multidisciplinary team, demonstrating new equipment to users, obtaining feedback, training users during clinical evaluation, evaluating and communicating results from evaluation to all relevant stakeholders.
I could also be investigating medical device related incidence, carrying out technical and risk assessments, performing root cause analysis or implementing solution.
it could also be a phone call that a device on trial in use within the clinical environment is not working.
I could also be responding to queries around other projects I’m involved with.
What I'd do with the prize money
Set up local STEM club
I would like to set up a STEM corner in our local library. I have not yet come across a local STEM club within the Ashford community. I would also like to occasionally run a free coding club sessions at the local library and invite other STEM ambassadors to chat with parents and their children about their careers
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
passionate, ambitious, adaptable
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
Being one of four awarded the pretigious 2018 chief scientific officer's women in science and engineering fellowship
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My mum worked as a project support officer in a civil engineering firm in my early teens. She would invite me to her office to chat with the engineering interns when I am on vacation.
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Growing up I always had ambitions to work in NASA so pursued a physics degree
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
events organiser especially children's parties
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
none in particular.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
travelling abroad by myself at age 20
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
spend all my time with my trio
Tell us a joke.
why did the cow cross the road? because it wanted to go to the MOOvies