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RSci Tech Case Study

"My RSciTech registration means I have the knowledge to provide an efficient, accurate and reliable service that patients and service users can trust and rely upon"

Lee CoatesIBMS member, Lee Coates RSciTech is a Medical Laboratory Assistant with Sheffield Trusts Hospitals Trust Northern General. He explains what it means to be a Registered Scientist Technician RSciTech through the IBMS. 

What originally interested you in professional registration?

After setting off on a different career path I joined the National Blood Service as an agency worker. This meant I had no real science qualifications. When I decided science was my way forward I knew I needed something to show my commitment to the field and prove my background knowledge. So I completed the Certificate Of Achievement level 1 & 2 and became an RSciTech.

How does it feel to be part of a wider community of scientists in the UK and beyond?

It feels really good. I remember sitting in a lecture hall at IBMS Congress putting my hand up to say I was a Technician and thinking this is great. At that time they had around a thousand registered technicians. I felt like I was part of something that showed how important we are to healthcare, how seriously we took it and that it was an ever growing community.

How has professional registration helped you plan your own personal development and goals?  

It set my mind to thinking about career progression in general. Prior to getting the COA1/2 and registering I had not really given much thought to where I was going. Now I know I want to become an RSci and progress in the lab. Hopefully, this registration will make me a stand out candidate for future progression and give me the edge over others.

How has registration helped the services users, especially patients, of your profession?

Patients, service users and even my co-workers have benefited from my study and registration. Having good background knowledge is a key factor in delivering a high standard of service. My RSciTech registration means I have the knowledge to provide that service. To provide an efficient, accurate and reliable service that patients and service users can trust and rely upon. 

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