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#HCSweek19 - Tasmin Sharley

The role of a healthcare scientist is relatively unknown; people often give me a confused look when I tell them I am a respiratory physiologist.

My job involves doing a wide range of lung function and exercise tests and writing reports on what the results of the tests mean.

I see a variety of patients day-to-day, from those with symptoms such as shortness of breath or a cough, to patients with long term conditions like cystic fibrosis or congenital heart disease.

Some of the common tests we do are spirometry tests (where we measure how much air someone can breathe out in one forced breath) which help to diagnose airway diseases like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardiopulmonary exercise tests, which can help to assess a patient's pre-operative risk.

I am also involved in teaching medical students about lung function and the training of students on the practitioner and scientist training programmes.

I qualified as a clinical scientist in respiratory and sleep science approximately 18 months ago. I trained at a hospital in Birmingham and, once I qualified, I moved back home to Bristol and fortunately managed to get a job here at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

In my spare time, I enjoy being active and I am currently training for a marathon and an Ironman triathlon. 

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