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I’m a trainee genetic counsellor in the NHS Northern Genetics Service. I’m currently in my second year of the Scientist Training Programme (STP)
I studied Genetics at Newcastle University, after that I worked in the NHS genetics lab here at the Centre for Life, and now I am training to be a genetic counsellor! We see patients who have (or are at risk of having) a genetic condition to organise testing, help them to understand genetic information and help them to make decisions. The STP is a training programme which lasts 3 years and includes training in the workplace as well as studying part-time at university throughout the 3 years.
My Typical Day:
I usually get to work between 8:30 and 9am. What I do while I’m working is different ever single day! I work with a really great group of people and we usually have lunch together, then I leave work at around 4:30/5pm and I’ll usually have something planned for the evening (rehearsal, pub quiz, ice hockey practice, etc.!)
My days at work can be very varied! Some days I will have appointments with patients which is my favourite part of the job. The appointments could be about any topic and no two patients are the same, so I will usually spend some time reading their notes to make sure I’m prepared before I see them. Some days I might have university work to get done, and when I’m not seeing patients or studying I’ll be attending meetings, writing letters to patients and other healthcare professionals, organising genetic tests and preparing to see more patients! I also get along really well with my colleagues, and we usually have lunch together as well as doing things together outside of work! I also help to run the twitter page for Newcastle Genetics.
What did you want to be after you left school?
I knew I wanted to work in genetics, but I didn't know that genetic counsellors existed! As soon as I heard about them, I knew I wanted to be one.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I don't think I ever really got in trouble when I was at school.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I really enjoy singing and being in theatre shows as my hobby so I might have tried to do that as a job!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I like Noah Kahan, Sam Fender, Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, and many more!
What's your favourite food?
I LOVE chocolate!