HSL’s Celeste Snowden shortlisted for Advancing Healthcare Award

19 Apr, 2018

HSL is delighted to be sponsoring the Biomedical Scientist of the Year Award at the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2018. Celeste Snowden, a senior biomedical scientist at HSL, is one of three people to be shortlisted for the award. Ahead of the ceremony on Friday 20 April, we speak to Celeste to find out what her day-to-day job entails, and how it feels to be shortlisted.

How does it feel to be shortlisted?

I’m still in shock to be honest! I’m hugely flattered to be recognised for the work I do and I’m really looking forward to the ceremony on Friday.

Tell us a little about your current role at HSL.

I’m a senior biomedical scientist at HSL, working in the protein area of the chemistry section. The bulk of our work involves protein electrophoresis in the serum, looking for markers of various conditions including multiple myeloma and amyloidosis.

I was also heavily involved in the process of moving our department into the Halo last year. I helped verify all the tests and procedures within our department, which involved a lot of data collection and number crunching! It was worth it though – it’s great to be working in a lab with the latest technology and surrounded by a supportive team.

Why did you want to become a biomedical scientist?

I did a biochemistry degree at university and have always loved science. However, I didn’t think to pursue a career in biomedical science until after my degree, when I did some work experience in one my local hospitals. I started out as a medical laboratory assistant (MLA), and after gaining more qualifications ended up becoming a biomedical scientist, which I really enjoy.

The thing I enjoy most about my job is the fact we’re making a difference to patients’ lives. Although we’re working in the laboratory, we know that a patient’s health is at stake on the other side.  Some of our patients have repeat tests every week or every month, so their names and stories become familiar.

What’s been the proudest moment of your career?

Being shortlisted for this award is definitely a stand out moment! Apart from that, I found the move into the Halo to be an enormously challenging but rewarding experience. I learnt a lot and feel proud to have played a part in the move.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

I really enjoy being hands-on in the laboratory, so hope to still be on the bench, testing samples and analysing the results. I also want to ensure that any other contracts we take on, such as diagnostics from Barnet Hospital, are conducted as smoothly as possible. Hopefully there will be many opportunities in the future to learn new skills and assays.

HSL is a progressive partnership between The Doctors Laboratory, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (the Royal Free London) and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)

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