Biomedical Engineering, Harriett Rossouw
Biomedical Engineering student who undertook a placement at Royal Brompton Hospital.
“I started my placement year at the Royal Brompton Hospital as a trainee clinical technologist. I spent most of my time in the ITU's problem solving the equipment or servicing in the electronics room. A key skill was communicating with doctors and nurses to ensure we coordinated our jobs with their needs. At Christmas I moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital as a ventilator technician. This was a similar role to that at the Brompton, but specifically working with ventilators and involved more servicing.
During my placement, I learnt more about being a part of a team and about the needs of the hospital with regard to equipment. I also met a lot of people from the companies that make and repair some of our equipment and realised the importance of actually having been in the work place rather than just having a degree when applying for jobs.
Prior to my placement, I was unsure about the sort of career I wanted to pursue but I knew that experience in the work place would give me some time to work it out. In both hospitals I was given the opportunity to spend some time in the perfusion departments, watching some amazing cardiac surgery, and gained an understanding of the bypass machines. From this introduction, I hope to gain a position as a trainee perfusionist and to pursue this as a career.
After working in two leading hospitals in London, I really feel a part of the NHS, with a greater understanding of the importance of the service. I am now completing a MSc in Biomedical Engineering with Healthcare Management whilst still working at Great Ormond Street Hospital full time.”
Harriett's manager commented "Harriett learnt quickly and fitted in to the section very well. Her knowledge of ventilation and the systems we use has developed. Harriett has been a great addition to the ICU support section; she works hard, is always professional and is a pleasure to work with."