Privilege to Work for World's Best

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NAME: Gary Player AGE: 48 JOB TITLE: Advanced biomedical scientist practitioner in cytology WHERE DO YOU WORK? : Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE? My primary role is in the reporting of abnormal cervical cytology specimens for the NHS Cancer Screening Programme and the preparation and analysis of other cytological samples.

I am also currently acting as the pathway manager for HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) implementation across County Durham and Darlington, Northumbria, North Tyneside and Newcastle.

This involves bringing multiple agencies and professionals together to ensure its introduction into the local health programme in a timely fashion and meets with national key performance criteria.

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITIES YOU NEED FOR THIS TYPE OF WORK? A high degree of diagnostic interpretation in the analysis of these pathological samples and good eyes, combined with high levels of concentration for detecting often small numbers of abnormal cells.

For the pathway manager role I need good organisational and persuasive skills to bring together a diverse range of professionals to achieve a common goal. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS PROFESSION? 26 years. WHERE DID YOU TRAIN AND WHAT DID THAT TRAINING INVOLVE? I did all my initial training in cytology in the pathology department, Medical School in Edinburgh. To practice as an advanced practitioner you must first obtain a post-graduate qualification, I gained an MSc in clinical cytology from Imperial College, London. …

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