Current Employer/Organisation Name
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Brompton Hospital
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
Went travelling, France, Japan, Vietnam. Settled into a Career in London working for the Royal Brompton. Had access to first class training and was given lots of opportunity to progress in many different ways. I found what I wanted to do and was supported in setting this up.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoyed Physiology as part of my degree and so wanted to pursue that. I was not aware that you can move into many fields within physiology, neuro, resp, cardiac sleep, etc. But after getting into the field this all became apparent.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
I was co-social sec of the football club and attended many other sports socials with friends. St Lukes social club was another society that was a pleasure to be involved in. I was also a member of the snowsports society.
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
Clinical physiology was my favourite module alongside Integrated physiology. My biggest highlight was the ski trip each year.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
The very social atmosphere at St Lukes campus.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
It was one of the best universities for sports and exercise science.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
During my dissertation I had an idea and was supported to make it happen. Although you had support when you needed it, you were expected to take the initiative and build your own project. I took this into my career as although my team is very supportive, I am the one who has to find the gap in the service and create the solution.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
If you know what you want, research the department to see if they can offer it or if they are supportive of new ideas, if you don’t know what you want ensure they have good teaching and progression. Be prepared for obstacles but don’t be too disheartened by them, work with people to overcome them. Finally, an idea that you begin with will rarely, if ever, look the same by the end of the process. Be open to different ideas and use them to build upon your idea to make it even better.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to set up a new service within the trust focusing on cardiopulmonary exercise testing.