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RSci Case Study

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“Being professionally registered with the Science Council means my knowledge and professionalism are formally recognised and demonstrates my ability to perform my role to a high standard and with integrity.”

Jacqui Kennett works as an Andrology Technologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, as part of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust. She explains how being a Registered Scientist (RSci) through the IBMS has helped enrich her career. 

Tell us a little more of your job role and why you wished to attain the Science Council award at Registered Scientist (RSci)

I am an Andrology Technologist responsible for leading a small team; we provide a diagnostic semen analysis service for local GP’s and Trust Clinicians. Being professionally registered with the Science Council means my knowledge and professionalism are formally recognised and demonstrates my ability to perform my role to a high standard and with integrity. I also wanted to show my commitment to continued learning and my willingness to develop my skills outside of those required in my job description and I’m very proud of myself for completing it.

The commitment to the standards expected of a Registered Scientist are considerable and provide parity with technical and scientific colleagues across the UK. Do you feel part of a wider community now?

I know that professional registration will give me a big advantage in accessing the wider scientific community; I certainly feel that I am on more of a level playing field and that my contribution matters. I’m really looking forward to engaging with other professionals to exchange ideas and knowledge and utilising the resources and learning the qualification makes available to me. Making connections and drawing on the experiences and skills of others, I believe is key to my advancement and continued learning.

The Science Council CPD standards are well-matched with the IBMS CPD portfolio. Will you be using the IBMS online portfolio to demonstrate the CPD standards expected of a Registered Scientist?

I’ll certainly use the IBMS online portfolio because it’s a very easy and accurate way of recording the activities that I need to demonstrate my continued learning and development. There is a lot of useful information on how I can provide the evidence to demonstrate how I meet the standards required of me and my status.

Do you have any tips for other IBMS members who wish to apply?

Don’t be daunted or think you don’t have enough knowledge or experience to apply; you’ve probably a lot more than you realise. Once you decide which register is right for you, read all the information the IBMS and Science Council have available about how to apply and go for it!

Become professionally registered as a Registered Scientist with the Science Council and enhance your career