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#HCSweek19 - Lucy Winch

Before I went into healthcare science I did a degree in physics, a masters in radiation and medical physics and a two-year NHS training scheme based in a hospital.  I decided to specialise in radiotherapy and came to work in Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre. That was 18 years ago.

I am one of a group of physicists that provide scientific support to the treatment floor of the Oncology Centre. I specialise in an area called stereotactic radiosurgery where we use one of the world's leading treatment machines to treat small brain lesions- a Gamma Knife.  I am specially trained to use this machine and navigate the planning system to produce plans for patients' treatments.

As part of our role we perform checks on all of our treatment machines to make sure they are safe and fit for purpose. We also commission new and exciting equipment, often working with the latest technology to provide high precision and efficient processes. We are always involved in some sort of project and often have to problem solve.

I am also a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) ambassador and I regularly tutor science and maths in my own time. I also go into primary and secondary schools and talk about radiation physics from a medical perspective.

My two young children take up much of my spare time but when I can I spend time doing yoga and ceramics. I've been doing pottery for as long as I've been in healthcare science and I'll hopefully be starting up glaze workshops in my new pottery studios this year!

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