By Lucy Ashton
A new Healthcare Science Professional Lead hopes to highlight some of the unsung heroes of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Biochemist Karen Brazier, pictured right, took up the new role on May 4 and intends to not only show the importance of the various Healthcare Science disciplines to NHSGGC but also make it an attractive career option for those who wish to join the workforce.
Healthcare Science is made up of more than 50 different professions, which are split into four separate work streams – Life Science, Physiological Science, Physical Science, and Biomedical Engineering and Bioinformatics.
From support staff to biomedical scientists and laboratory staff to mortuary technicians, Healthcare Science plays a vital role in providing safe and accurate patient services ranging from diagnostic tests and investigations to monitoring conditions as well as clinical research.
Healthcare Scientists are involved in approximately 80 percent of all clinical decisions.
Karen, who is currently based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Healthcare Science Professional Lead for NHSGGC.
“Healthcare Science is part of almost all clinical decisions within the NHS. Many of the professions are unknown beyond the professional community and yet they are a vital part of the patient pathway”.
“I’m hoping that together with colleagues we can promote the work of the Healthcare Science professionals and encourage people to consider a fulfilling career in one of the many Healthcare Science professions.”
Director of Nursing Professor Angela Wallace, left, said: “We are delighted that we have found someone who is so passionate about the healthcare science professions to take on this important role.
“Karen will be able to bring a wealth of experience that means she will be able to support and enhance the contribution Healthcare Science plays in NHSGGC now and in the future.”