Address: 30 Eastwood Road Telephone: 07465 427 724
Sheffield Email: DylanAtkinson275@gmail.com
Sheffield Hallam University: BSc Biomedical Science degree, currently achieving a 2:1 grade. Due to be
complete in May 2023.
Relevant modules include (add relevant modules per application)
Dissertation: Characterization of Piperine Functionalized Silver Nanoparticles (may expand on
this if relevant to job application)
Included a years placement-See below for further details
Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Scientists (IBMS)
Joined with an Applied Professional Diploma
A-Levels- C grade in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics
GCSEs- Biology (B), Chemistry (B), Physics (B), Math (8), Geography (A), English literature (5),
English Language (5), French (D) and a European Computer Driving License (Distinction*)
Biomedical scientist placement
Diana, Princess of Wales NHS hospital, Grimsby, Path Lincs (Providing Diagnostic Services to NHS
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole)
From June 2021 to July 2022
As part of my BSc in Biomedical Science I spent a year as a Biomedical Scientist Trainee, performing
roles across the laboratory at Grimsby Hospital, part of the Path Links pathology network. Specialising
in blood science, mainly biochemistry and hematology, the laboratory serves over 1 million people,
186 GP practices and averages 8,000 samples a day, including both urgent and routine samples, Covid-
19 samples and transfusion samples.
Specimen reception: accepting samples into the laboratory and into the digital management
service, checking sample details and quality. Working in a large team across multiple
disciplines ensuring accuracy and quality.
Hot desk: working independently to enter urgent samples into the LIMS.
Covid-19 laboratory: working independently to test urgent Covid-19 swabs, following SOP, and
in communication with other departments in the hospital giving results. This also required
working in a sterilized environment as well as ensuring high levels of PPE rules where abided
Biochemistry: working with other biomedical scientists to operate and maintain specialist
analysis systems (Cobas 8000 analyser series), relaying urgent results with medical teams
across Lincolnshire as well as quality assurance and calibration of tests. Critical thinking was
often required when analysers and technology didn’t work.
Hematology: working with 4 Sysmex XN-1000 high throughput blood analysers, Coagulation
and A1C analysers. Working with a team of other biomedical scientists to maintain these
analysers, ensuring high sample throughput with manual analysers and reagent management
to guarantee optimal performance. Here I had to work with experienced BMS, management
and other lab staff asking questions as a student was also important.
Other responsibilities include:
Cleaning and sterilization of the laboratory
Adding additional requested tests to samples already received in the laboratory.
Monitoring urgent samples, ensuring samples were analysed within the expected time frame.
Running the osmolality analysis
Retrieving samples from storage for additional test
Posting HBOP samples and forms to other laboratories
Follow staff policies, such as confidentiality
Work under strict health and safety standards
Work in a team and independently
Report issues within the service, both to management and maintenance staff.
Use laboratory based software, such as Q-pulse, APEX management and Sysmex as well as
specialist software developed specific for Grimsby laboratory and Path Links.
This placement provided the opportunity to develop crucial skills, such as teamwork and critical
analysis, that were not attainable at university. In the biochemistry department, daily team meetings
facilitated task coordination and workload awareness, ensuring efficient work and team support.
Critical thinking was often required when things went wrong in the laboratory, such as analyser issues.
One such situation would be the automatic sample sorter malfunctioning, preventing samples being
put onto biochemistry analysers or sorted into storage. This could cause a backlog of samples lasting
throughout the day. In these cases, I would aid in fixing these problems. Firstly, I would have to identify
the problem to develop a solution. This would involve analysing the situation, identifying, and
researching problem codes and on the machine and instruction manuals where required. Developing
critical thinking allowed me to come up with solutions to fix these problems and similar ones, quickly
and efficiently to reduce the negative impact on the laboratory and ultimately patient health.
I am a keen walker and have enjoyed rambling in the peak district during my time studying at Sheffield
Hallam and during the summer I enjoy going cycling into the Lincolnshire Wolds. I love being in the
outdoors, finding it relaxing being in the fresh air and scenery. When I was 13, I helped plan a charity
bike ride for my friend’s mom who was diagnosed with leukemia, raising over £1000. To relax I love
cooking and baking, often trying to make meals from around the world. I also enjoy gaming, watching
films and series.
Available on request