HCS Case Study -Shuanghong Zhou

Medical Physics

Healthcare Science Apprenticeship Case Studies

Name: Shuanghong Zhou

Job title: Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Apprentice Nuclear Medicine Technologist)

Apprenticeship programme and level: Healthcare Science Practitioner, Level: 6 (Standard)

What were you doing before you started the apprenticeship?

I was working as Research Administrator in Critical Care at GSTT

Why did you decide to an apprenticeship?

I have degree in Medical Physics and I always want to work in NHS environment. So I thought taking an apprenticeship training programme relate to Medical Imaging is good opportunity to start my career.

How did you hear about the apprenticeship programme with Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust?

The apprenticeship I am undertaking is a 3 years BSc degree Healthcare Science Practitioner Training Programme in Nuclear Medicine. I first found my opportunity on the GSTT Job website. Then I contacted the clinical tutor in the Nuclear Medicine department to find more information about this program. I had been offered a tour within the department and spoke to the technologists to gain knowledge about their daily routine.

How have you found your apprenticeship journey so far?

I enjoyed my apprenticeship very much, and I am very lucky that I have been employed as a permanent Nuclear Medicine Technologist within the department before I finish my apprenticeship. With the support from my clinical tutor, I was involved in planning my own clinical training based on my personal learning need. This helps me to build my clinical skills and confidence in a short period of time.

From undertaking the apprenticeship what skills and knowledge did you take away that you have implemented into your everyday work?

Beside the Clinical skills required as a nuclear medicine technologist, I have built high quality communication skills.

  • Interacting with patients and family in a sensitive and professional manner to explain specialist information in a way that is easily understood
  • Liaising with multiple colleagues as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a fast-paced clinical environment.
  • Dealing with distressing/difficult circumstances, such as incidents and complaints.

Would you recommend apprenticeships and why?

Yes. I believe taking an apprenticeship is the fastest way to learn, and it is the best way to develop the skills that are required for your dreaming career.