Where did I work?
• Kingsmill hospital
What did I work as?
• Patient Pathway coordinator
What is a Patient Pathway Coordinator?
• A Patient Pathway Coordinator in the NHS is a
healthcare professional who is responsible for
managing and coordinating the journey of
patients through the healthcare system, ensuring
they receive appropriate and timely care.
What was my role as a Patient Pathway
• My role was largely admin based
• Involved checking patient files were correct
• Sending test results to different departments
or other healthcare professionals within that
• Sending out letters to patients and doctors.
The 4 Key skills developed from this work
Attention to detail:
• Ensuring the patient’s case note folders were placed in
the designated spot so it can be found with ease in the
future and ensuring the correct folder is selected for
patient as there are unique I.D codes which correspond
to the colour of the folder.
• I had to manage my time effectively as certain tasks
required longer amounts of time than others.
• Worked with quite a lot of members of staff
and had to quite often work together to
ensure patient files were where they needed
to be and that they were up-to date and
• When putting documents into patient files I had to
ensure they were always in the correct order.
• Usually ordered oldest to newest case notes.
• When sending out letters I had to ensure the letters
were in the correct envelope as one was meant for the
patient and one was meant for the patient’s doctor
Organisation/time management: Communication:
• Moved daily to different departments so I
had to communicate with lots of members
of staff to ensure I could do the tasks
My planned career is to work as a biomedical scientist within the NHS
How the skills I developed during work experience relate to my planned future career:
• Organisation/time management = Will be able to manage multiple tasks and deadlines effectively. I
will also be able to prioritise responsibilities. I should be able organise my work space in a laboratory
environment to keep track of samples like with the folders and keeping track of their I.D code.
• Communication = Working in a laboratory setting requires communication between colleagues and
other healthcare professionals, so because I was constantly talking to other members of staff I feel as
though I will be confident in my abilities to communicate in an effective manner.
• Teamwork = As a biomedical scientist I will be working with a number of people to ensure samples
from patients are tested in a reliable and precise manner so already experiencing what it is like to be
within an environment in which members of staff must work together to ensure the patients can have
smooth transition through the hospital beneficial.
• Attention to detail = As mentioned previously I had to ensure patient files were correctly ordered and
were in the correct folder, which is identified by a unique I.D code. This will help me in my future career
as I will be able to ensure correct samples are being tested and mark samples so the data collected for
said sample is for the correct patient.
A Patient Pathway Coordinator in the NHS is a healthcare professional who is responsible for managing and coordinating the journey of patients through the healthcare system, ensuring they receive appropriate and timely care.
As a Patient Pathway Coordinator at Kingsmill Hospital, my role was largely admin based. This involved managing the patient's medical records and ensure that they were up to date and accurate and reviewing the patient's test results, medical history, and treatment plans, and making sure that any changes were communicated to the appropriate team members. Additionally, I had to ensure letters were correctly sent to the recipient as doctors and patient letters contain different information so as a coordinator I was responsible for communicating patient information to the relevant staff, and ensuring that it is carried out correctly.
Furthermore, From what I observed during my work experience there seemed to be a mixture of a clinical role and administrative. This seemed to involve working with doctors and other healthcare professionals to develop a plan of care for each patient, taking into account their individual needs and conditions.
Organisation/ time management = I had a role in which I was managing patient records and ensuring that they are up to date as well as managing paperwork, so I had to be organised to ensure information was carried to the correct members of staff. Mention patient folder I.D codes with and how that relates to the colour of the folder. 2 digit number at = district number.
Communication = I had to be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people as I was moved daily to different departments. This requires strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to build relationships and work well with others.
Attention to detail = mention how folders are usually ordered, take great care to ensure that all information is accurate and up-to-date. This includes maintaining patient records and keeping track of important documents. Letters meant for patient and one for doctor.
Teamwork = Coordinating a patient's journey requires teamwork and collaboration with other healthcare providers. Patient Pathway Coordinators need to be able to work effectively with other members of the healthcare team.
Planned career = biomedical scientist in the NHS
Organisation/time management: Biomedical science is a highly demanding field that requires strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines effectively. This skill can help prioritise my responsibilities. E.g. whilst at the hospital I had prioritise which tasks should be done first due to the time taken for each task, folder organisation should be done first instead of letters. This skill should also help organise my work space in a laboratory environment to keep track of samples like with the folders and keeping track of their I.D code.
Communication: Biomedical science relies heavily on effective communication and collaboration with other healthcare professionals, and patients. The skills gained can help me communicate effectively with my peers, supervisors, and other professionals in the field, as well as hopefully present data in a clear and concise manner.
Teamwork: Biomedical science often involves collaboration with healthcare professionals and colleagues within a lab. The teamwork skills gained from working as a Patient Pathway Coordinator can help me to work effectively with others in a team setting. I will also be working with a number of people to ensure samples from patients are tested in a reliable and precise manner so already experiencing what it is like to be within an environment in which members of staff must work together to ensure the patients can have smooth transition through the hospital is highly beneficial.
Attention to detail: Biomedical science is a field that requires meticulous attention to detail and accuracy in order to produce reliable results. The skill gained can help me to be precise and accurate in laboratory work. The attention to detail skill also gained from working as a Patient Pathway Coordinator can help me to thoroughly review and analyse data and ensure that all relevant details are taken into account. As mentioned previously I had to ensure patient files were correctly ordered and were in the correct folder, which is identified by a unique I.D code. This will help me in my future career as I will be able to ensure correct samples are being tested and mark samples so the data collected for said sample is for the correct patient.
Overall, my experience as a Patient Pathway Coordinator at Kingsmill Hospital was extremely rewarding. It gave me the opportunity to work with a dedicated team of healthcare professionals. The role was a great opportunity to learn and grow in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. As well as, I also got to see how a hospital worked with patient management and how diverse the roles are within a hospital.
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