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Meet the Committee

Names and backgrounds of current and past committee members.

The Yorkshire and Humber Healthcare Science Trainee Network has been set up to increase the multidisciplinary networking of students in the region. The board is a dedicated group of trainees that aims to provide representation, opportunities for development, support and advice for all STP trainees of all specialisms, in all years across Yorkshire and Humber. The Trainee Network Board’s vision is to promote and increase awareness of healthcare science and the training programmes to trainees, trainers and NHS Trusts across Yorkshire and the Humber.

If you have any questions about the Network, the STP, or anything else related to your training, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us at yh.hcstn@gmail.com, and look out for our events and news throughout the year!

COMMITTEE November 2020 - present

Co–Chair - Ashley Allen

 

Co–Chair – Lee Moorhead

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I'm Lee and I'm a second year on the STP course studying Medical Physics at Leeds; I studied a BSc in Physics and an MSc in Exploration Geophysics. I'm undergoing a career change after 15 years in Geophysics/Management. I like hiking in my spare time and I try to fit in a game of badminton now and then.

Secretary, Media and Communications - Naomi Cox

Hi, I'm Naomi and I'm a first-year trainee in bioinformatics (genomics) in Sheffield. Before starting the STP I did an MBiolSci in genetics and a PhD in plant developmental biology, both at the University of Sheffield. I'm really excited to be starting the STP, and keen to do what I can to help other trainees through this network!

Co-Equality and Diversity Officer - Naima Fredericks

Naima Fredericks

Hi, I'm Naima a 3rd year Audiology trainee in Sheffield. I completed my BSc Biochemistry at the University of York in 2017. During my undergrad I worked part time as a Care Assistant in elderly and dementia homes and a Support Worker at a brain injury rehabilitation unit. I quickly realised I preferred working with people rather than petri dishes! I worked for a year in York Hospital as a Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant where I realised my love for helping patients on their rehab journeys. 

Audiology seemed the perfect fit, as it is very varied and rehab-focused. I get to work with patients from as young as 4 week old babies to the very elderly. Although diagnosing hearing loss and balance disorders is always a difficult task, you are almost always in a position to provide a solution which is a truly rewarding feeling!

I am a co-founder of the BAME STP Trainee Network and always open to meeting new people for a coffee and cake :)

Co-Equality and Diversity Officer - Supriya Kaur

Finance Officer/Treasurer - Alistair Jones

Committee Volunteers

Victoria Steventon-Jones

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Hello, I’m Victoria and I’m a third year trainee in cancer genomics based in Sheffield. I studied a BSc in Medical genetics at Swansea University, and then an MSc in Stem Cells at University of Sheffield.

I have worked as a nursery nurse, a research technician at the university and as a scientific officer for CRUK, before gaining my place on the STP. I’m really excited about organising events and meeting lots of new people through the trainee network.

Conor Duffy

COMMITTEE September 2019 - November 2020

Co–Chair – Lee Moorhead

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I'm Lee and I'm a first year on the STP course studying Medical Physics at Leeds; I studied a BSc in Physics and an MSc in Exploration Geophysics. I'm undergoing a career change after 15 years in Geophysics/Management. I like hiking in my spare time and I try to fit in a game of badminton now and then.

Co-Chair – Victoria Steventon-Jones

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Hello, I’m Victoria and I’m a third year trainee in cancer genomics based in Sheffield. I studied a BSc in Medical genetics at Swansea University, and then an MSc in Stem Cells at University of Sheffield. I have worked as a nursery nurse, a research technician at the university and as a scientific officer for CRUK, before gaining my place on the STP. I’m really excited about organising events and meeting lots of new people through the trainee network.

Equality and Diversity Officer - Naima Fredericks

Naima Fredericks

 Hi, I'm Naima a 3rd year Audiology trainee in Sheffield. I completed my BSc Biochemistry at the University of York in 2017. During my undergrad I worked part time as a Care Assistant in elderly and dementia homes and a Support Worker at a brain injury rehabilitation unit. I quickly realised I preferred working with people rather than petri dishes! I worked for a year in York Hospital as a Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant where I realised my love for helping patients on their rehab journeys. 

Audiology seemed the perfect fit, as it is very varied and rehab-focused. I get to work with patients from as young as 4 week old babies to the very elderly. Although diagnosing hearing loss and balance disorders is always a difficult task, you are almost always in a position to provide a solution which is a truly rewarding feeling!

I am a co-founder of the BAME STP Trainee Network and always open to meeting new people for a coffee and cake :)

Admin – Helen Whitehouse

Hello, I’m Helen and I’m a third year genomics trainee in Sheffield. I’m looking forwards to meeting trainees from other disciplines within the Yorkshire and Humber region through this network.

Finance – Sam Kidman

Sam is a 2nd year genomics bioinformatics trainee based at Sheffield.

Committee Volunteers

Seiko Maniko

Hello, I am a 3rd year bioinformatics (genomics) trainee at the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. I am learning so many things every day, not only about bioinformatics but also the culture of NHS and England since I started the STP training programme. I hope being a part of the trainee network will help networking with other STP trainees in the Y&H. I can also share my experience as a non-native of the UK.

Jess Johnston

Hello, I’m Jess, a 2nd year trainee in Genomics based at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. I gained my BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds and MSc in Molecular Medicine (Oncology) at the University of Sheffield. After this, I worked as a Research Assistant on the genetics of Leukaemia and Lymphomas in Leeds before moving back to Sheffield (again) for my PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine. Following this I continued working in atherosclerosis research as a Post-Doctoral Scientist. In 2018, I moved out of academia to work in industry in genetic toxicology at Covance Labs where I worked to develop in vitro models of Cardiovascular Disease to support pre-clinical trials and the safety assessment of pharmaceuticals. I have always had the ambition to work in clinical diagnostics and to see the impact my work has on patients, from experience gained in industry and research I am now excited to transition from the bench to a clinical environment

Abigayle Quick

Hi, my name is Abi and I am a second year Genomics STP based at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry in 2017 at Nottingham Trent University, and then went on to complete my masters in Human and Molecular Genetics at the University of Sheffield. Following this I worked as an MLA at Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service before gaining a place on the STP within the same department.

COMMITTEE LATE 2018 - 2019

Chris Corbin (Chair)

STP Trainee in Bioinformatics (Genomics) since 2017

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust

 

 

COMMITTEE MID 2017 - LATE 2018

 

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Hello, and welcome to the Yorkshire & Humber Network! I’m Dave, and I’m part of the first ever cohort of Genomic Counselling trainees.

Although I work for the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield, our department is actually based over at the Northern General Hospital, and I travel to weekly clinics in Doncaster, Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield, and Grimsby. It’s our job to help patients decide whether or not to have a test, to explain inheritance or potentially complex mechanisms of disease, and to help them understand any diagnosis they may receive. We will see patients for any number of referral reasons, such as cystic fibrosis, developmental delay/autism, hereditary cancers, or prenatal testing. Genomic Counselling is a completely patient-facing role, with no laboratory work at all, but we need a strong and up-to-date knowledge of genomics, so we work particularly closely with the genomics laboratories.

I’m originally from Fife in Scotland, but I studied at the University of Glasgow for my undergraduate in Genetics, my postgraduate in Medical Genetics, and my certificate in Introduction to Counselling Skills. I couldn’t keep away from student unions and politics, and that’s followed me into the STP – I’m also the Cellular Sciences Representative at the National School of Healthcare Science. So, if you ever have any problems, feel free to contact me at: david.walker6@nhs.net

I’m really keen to expand the Network’s activities and reach, so I would encourage you to come to our quarterly meetings, and to contact us if you have any problems, suggestions or comments.

 

 

Hello, I’m Chloe, a 2nd year Haematology and Transfusion trainee based in Leeds.  I am originally from Oxfordshire, and moved to Leeds in 2016 after graduating from Newcastle University with my Biomedical Sciences degree. Alongside this, I have volunteered through a UK based charity called S.K.I.P., where I spent time in rural Cambodia educating children about healthcare and sex education.

Broadly speaking, Haematology involves the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients who have disorders of the blood and bone marrow. This covers a wide range of benign and malignant disorders of the red and white blood cells, platelets and the coagulation system. Transfusion science involves ensuring adequate stock levels of safe blood components are available when required, selecting compatible components for the patient and ultimately improving patient outcome whilst minimising the possibility of transfusion reactions. The main role of a H&T clinical scientists is to interpret patient results and provide advice to various healthcare professionals when required. Additionally, we may directly perform testing procedures within the laboratory, carrying out research and validating new techniques to improve the service. 

Being part of the Y&H committee has enabled me to network with fellow STP students outside of my specialism. We also arrange events to assist with the training and development of other STP’s, so I hope to see you all soon! 

 

 

Hi, I'm Adil, a trainee Cardiac Physiologist working primarily at Leeds General Infirmary. I came to Leeds in September 2016, having completed a BEng in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. In addition to my academic career, I have volunteered with many organisations which include the British Red Cross and Kidney Research UK, as well as having over 3 years of experience in the Retail Industry.

My passion for applying to the STP stemmed from my desire to bridge the gap between medicine and technology, having previously come from an engineering background. I was keen to use my knowledge concerning medical equipment to treat actual patients, where I could make a difference at a personal level.

Being a Cardiac Physiologist is a very exciting yet demanding role. No one day is the same during my training and each rotation covers a broad spectrum of topics. This includes Electrocardiography, Echocardiography, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and Pacemaker Implants. Being able to make an immediate difference to the health of patients is truly heart-warming.

I am keen to use the skills and attributes I have developed during my academic and work-based career, in my role as Finance Officer for the Yorkshire and Humber Healthcare Science Trainee Network. I hope to be able to make a positive contribution to the development of fellow STP Trainees. 

 

Hi! I’m Neelum and I am a Trainee Clinical Scientist in Neurophysiology, based at the Royal Hallamshire hospital in Sheffield. Neurophysiology is a purely diagnostic specialism. We work with highly advanced equipment to help diagnose some specific neurological conditions. For example, we use Electroencephalography (EEG) for diagnosing Epilepsy and Evoked Potential studies to help diagnose Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Before joining the NHS Scientist Training Programme, I completed my undergraduate degree of BSc (Hons) Neuroscience at the University of Central Lancashire, worked for a year in Leicester in a Brain Injury hospital and then an NHS Sleep lab, and then decided to do my masters of MSc Clinical Neurology at the University of Sheffield. Since my undergraduate degree, Neuroscience has been a passion of mine, but I never liked being in the lab much! I chose to do the STP (and finally got on after my third year applying!) because I really enjoy working with patients and working within a specialised field of Neuroscience with the opportunity to train and progress in a career.

Being part of the Y&H Healthcare Science Trainee Network has been great for networking with other STP students of different years and specialisms, keeping up to date with goes on and getting involved with events! So, come along to the meetings and we look forward to meeting you!

 

 

Encountered medical physics in A level, but only the imaging side - did my BSc in Physics at Durham University. Came to Leeds as a trainee, and did a MSc in medical physics part time over 2 years, with three rotations in physiological measurement, medical imaging and radiotherapy. Specialised in 1995 in diagnostic radiology, particularly mammography and CT scanning. Day to day this job involves optimising the image quality for the lowest dose commensurate with the diagnostic outcome, including quality assurance, training and protection of staff and patients from radiation. 

As training officer I am line manager to 12 STP trainees, looking after all managerial aspects such as management of annual leave, sick leave and performance management. I also plan the rotation placements, help to train the clinical scientists in my specialism, oversee the progression of all the medical physics and clinical engineering trainees using OLAT, communicate with the other area supervisors through regular meetings and interface with the academic providers. 

 

Chartered Scientist and currently HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist with experience working in NHS, academia and research plus ten years overseas experience training and working with the healthcare laboratory workforce in Oman and Bahrain.

Current contact for HCS HEE commissioned programmes in Y and H.