Holly Neil

I didn’t want to become a doctor but I knew I wanted to contribute to patient care

Holly Neil 02I work in the biochemistry and immunology departments at a small but busy district general hospital in South Yorkshire. I knew from a fairly young age that I wanted to work in some part of the medical field from being interested in human biology at school. 


I became interested in the field of biomedical science through friends and family who work in the profession and decided to pursue the career through an IBMS accredited degree at the University of Hull. The accredited degree allowed me to do a one-month placement, experiencing each of the four main departments, and a year-long placement in my chosen department of biochemistry to complete the IBMS registration portfolio.


I decided that I wanted to work in biochemistry as there is a good mix of manual, specialist testing, such as HPLC, and automated urgent work such as tests for detecting myocardial damage after a heart attack and identifying acute kidney injury. This provides a varied working environment and can impact immediate patient care based on the results produced in the laboratory.

I love being a biomedical scientist and I would urge anyone considering this career to enter this exciting and evolving field of science

The IBMS provides qualifications and CPD opportunities that allow professionals in the field to expand on their knowledge and ultimately become a better biomedical scientist. Being a licentiate of the IBMS I feel part of a community that is committed to improving the service that is delivered and allows me to keep my knowledge up to date and stay involved in meetings and training in my area. I also hope to become more involved in the IBMS as my career progresses.


I am currently undertaking the IBMS Specialist Portfolio in Clinical Biochemistry alongside an IBMS accredited Master’s degree at Sheffield Hallam University. These two qualifications work really well together and allow me to develop skills and a well-rounded knowledge of not only my specific discipline, but other areas as well.


Advice for anybody thinking of a career in biomedical science

While Biomedical Scientists and the laboratories in hospitals are often hidden away and forgotten about, it is important to remember the impact this work has daily on patient care. Without biomedical scientists working 24/7, clinicians would not be able to carefully monitor their patient’s conditions and alter their care accordingly. This is why I love being a biomedical scientist and I would urge anyone considering this career to enter this exciting and evolving field of science.