Congratulations to Abi Murray who not only is the first Biomedical Science degree apprentice from our Trust to graduate but who has also secured a role as a Biomedical Scientist in Haematology and Blood Transfusion here at Blackpool.
Abi, aged 29, joined BTH 3 and a half years ago as a Medical Laboratory Assistant just as the pandemic was taking hold. Working in such an intense and uncertain time propelled her to move to an Associate Practitioner role in Virology and before long, the chance to take a degree apprenticeship came up.
Abi already has a Human Biosciences degree, but now has a fully accredited BSc in Biomedical Science too. The course combines an accredited degree with an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) registration portfolio of evidence, giving Abi Practitioner of Biomedical Science status and eligibility to join the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register, enabling Abi to practice in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist.
Whilst completing her degree apprenticeship, Abi also had to juggle the intensive studies with being Mum to two children who are now aged 13 and 6. She explained “It’s been hard to prioritise everything and I’ve really had to focus and concentrate.
I also had to apply and be interviewed for the Biomedical Scientist post here, but luckily I was successful. I’ve also been really well supported and encouraged by my managers and colleagues throughout Pathology but especially in Virology.
I really feel there is no limit to my progression here”.