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Adrian Handley - Level 6 Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

Adrian Handley, 36, works for NHS Blood and Transplant while undertaking his degree apprenticeship. Adrian mentions how the apprenticeship will allow him to “join the HCPC register as a Biomedical Scientist” and make a career switch from a senior technical role to a more scientific role. Adrian expresses how teaching staff “are keen to continuously improve to ensure we all get the most benefit from the course”. Keep reading to find out about Adrian’s thoughts and experience.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

"After around 10 years working in a technical role within my laboratory I wanted to develop and progress to the role of Biomedical Scientist which would allow me to play a more in-depth role in the patient care pathway.

An apprenticeship allows me to stay in my employment whilst learning. There are also many advantages of getting a broader learning experience by constantly putting the theory into practice as I progress through my journey."

Why did you choose to study at NTU?

"Nottingham Trent University were an early adopter in the apprenticeship model for this career option and meeting with some of the course team gave me confidence that this was the best option for me. A former colleague spoke highly of the full time Biomedical Science course which reassured me that I was making the right choice."

What do you think of the facilities available at NTU?

"The facilities available at NTU are very good, particularly the library, study spaces and training laboratories.

Despite the majority of my learning taking place off campus, comprehensive online learning resources, including NOW and the library resources have meant that I don’t miss out significantly compared to full time students."

This apprenticeship will allow me to join the HCPC register as a Biomedical Scientist. This will allow me to play a more in depth role in providing laboratory diagnostic testing for patients.

What is your favourite thing about your apprenticeship?

"My favourite thing about the apprenticeship is the diverse range of fellow students that I am learning with. We are all working in NHS laboratories, but in different trusts and disciplines. Our different experiences mean that we can always learn from each other."

What skills and experience have you gained as part of this apprenticeship? Has there been anything that you were not expecting?

"I have learned about biomedical science disciplines outside of my own area of specialism. Initially I didn’t understand how these related to me, but as the course has progressed I am able to see how this foundation knowledge is transferrable to other areas."

What advice would you give to someone considering a higher/degree apprenticeship?

"It’s not easy, but if you have the devotion and can dedicate the necessary time then it opens up opportunities that may not otherwise have been possible.

We all follow different paths in our lives around the age where traditionally people start university. This doesn’t have to mean we have missed the chance if our lives took us in a direction other than academic study."

To learn more about our apprenticeship courses, please contact apprenticeships@ntu.ac.uk.

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