“I am a second year student studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Manchester, with a particular interest in genomics, haematology and virology. I have thoroughly enjoyed the work I have done at university and felt it was time to look into the practical applications of my studies in the workplace.
It was for this reason that I decided to do some work experience with the Trauma Management MedTech Co-operative, where I was able to to gain exposure and insight into the different career paths my degree can take me. I was introduced to a fantastic team, with a diverse range of scientific and business-oriented backgrounds, who were pleased to give helpful advice about my career moving forward. I found the work environment to be very welcoming and everyone was informative and passionate about their roles. As part of my work experience I was able to observe the varied daily activities of the team, as well as discuss their upcoming objectives and events. I was also delighted with the opportunity to observe meetings between the team and some of their potential partners.
From my time with the team, I feel that I have gained some extremely valuable experience and advice for my future career. This experience has highlighted many different potential career options in the medical devices industry that I was not aware of before speaking with members of the team. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the team and hope to be able to do some more work with them in the future.”
As a third year Biology student at the University of Brighton, most of my attention has been focused on future career aspects once I graduate. My current interests extend between microbiology, immunology and infection, with a desire to work within an industry setting. Therefore, it has been imperative for me to gain as much experience as possible surrounding the NHS and medical industry in particular.
As a result, I have been able to spend a week with the Trauma management Med-Tech Cooperative based at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB). Where I spent time gaining knowledge into the processes involved in seeking out smaller medical device companies within the Greater Birmingham/Solihull area, and aiding in their product development and production journey. I gained insight into the workings of several case studies the team have successfully helped with and learnt about the various procedures involved in getting new medical devices CE marked in accordance with current rules and regulations.
I found the experience extremely worthwhile as the team were exceptionally welcoming and accommodating. This allowed me to get to know each individuals’ previous background within either a business or scientific setting, which helped in understanding what skills are required to form a well-organised team. The tasks and meetings set were thought-provoking and have benefited me by further expanding my knowledge surrounding the initiative. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone with an interest in human biology and would like to find out a bit more about the corporate side of science.
The help Sphere Medical received from NIHR Trauma MIC was invaluable in providing the evidence required for the successful regulatory submission. The access to clinicians and facilities to carry our usability studies on site was vital in the development of the support materials to assist clinicians in the safe and effective use of Proxima.