Biomedical Science graduate talks about her NHS career
After graduating from the University of Central Lancashire in 2019 with a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, Ammarah’s career within the NHS has gone from strength to strength. She’s currently working as a Service Improvement Facilitator within the Therapies Directorate on a 12-month secondment from the Clinical Audit Department.
With a great appreciation for science, Ammarah chose to study on UCLan’s Biomedical Science course. She said: “The Biomedical Science course at UCLan provided hands-on experience. I was interested in the ongoing research and developments into medicine for which this course gave me a more comprehensive understanding.”
The first step of Ammarah’s NHS journey started during her time at University. She developed a greater interest for the healthcare system and decided to join the NHS.
After graduating in 2019, Ammarah secured a role within the NHS, where she worked as administrative support in the Quality Governance department at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT). This provided her with opportunities to develop her skills in organisation, data management and communication. At the same time, Ammarah also successfully completed the NHS Leadership Academy, Enner Jenner Programme.
Following the success achieved within her role, Ammarah gained a permanent position in the audit department at ELHT as a Clinical Audit and Effectiveness Facilitator. She attended departmental governance meetings and lead on projects such as the National Children and Young Asthma Programme. Her knowledge and understanding of the NHS developed significantly, enabling her to support leads to work towards best practice standards.
"The Biomedical Science course at UCLan provided hands-on experience. I was interested in the ongoing research and developments into medicine for which this course gave me a more comprehensive understanding."— Ammarah Suba, Biomedical Science graduate
Currently, Ammarah is working as a Service Improvement Facilitator for Therapies in the NHS at ELHT, where her passion for improvement led her to this role. Ammarah engages with executive directors, clinicians, operational and business managers to present performance work and reports to a wide variety of stakeholders.
She said: “I take pleasure in carrying out my role as each day presents a different challenge. I am completing the PRINCE2 Foundations and Practitioner course to allow me to successfully project manage pathway redesign and service improvement projects within the directorate.”
When asked about what advice she would give to prospective students, Ammarah said: “My advice would be to enjoy what you do! Having a passion for a subject makes learning easy and the University experience more enjoyable.
She continued: “I would also advise to speak to professionals working in the career you are interested in there are many online forums you can use to do this. Shadowing or volunteering in the organisation you would like to work in is an excellent opportunity to understand the vision and roles within the organisation. For me varied work experience is one of the most important qualities which will make you stand out when you apply for future roles.”