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#HCSweek19 - Kayleigh Clark

I have worked at UH Bristol for eight years and I am now undertaking the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP), studying the clinical pharmaceutical science pathway. The STP allows me to continue working within pharmacy while broadening my existing knowledge and experience as I train as a healthcare scientist.

Pharmacy technical services operate behind the scenes to formulate, manufacture and provide specialist medicines. The four key areas within the service are aseptic manufacturing, pharmacy production, radiopharmacy and quality control. I work alongside skilled technicians, pharmacists and other clinicians in the provision of intravenous preparations such as chemotherapy and PN (nutrition given via an infusion)

As an aseptic operator my day often starts very early to ensure that particular injectables are available for patients requiring early morning diagnostic scans. After a manufacturing session I am then involved in assessing cleanroom environmental monitoring. It is critical to patient safety that aseptic (free from contamination) conditions are consistently maintained and that regulatory standards are being met.

Within quality control we strive to ensure high quality, safe and effective medicines are available for our patients at all times. I am part of a team responsible for inspection, assessment and release of medicines supplied within the hospital. A typical day can involve temperature mapping storage areas for medicines, developing new test specifications or carrying out internal audits.

I get to use my laboratory skills by performing simple tests such as titration (a method to determine the concentration of an identified substance) and pH testing (measuring the acidity or alkalinity of a solution) on prepared products and raw materials.

Although I have limited patient contact, the work I am involved in has a direct impact on patient care and therefore patients are still at the forefront of my role.

With clinical trials furthering the development of new treatments and the introduction of automated systems to improve manufacturing efficiency, pharmacy technical services continues to be an exciting sector to be a part of and knowing that my work has contributed to a patient's diagnosis or treatment is extremely rewarding.

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