Kaine Caruana

BA (Hons) Human Biology

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Being on placement has given me a completely different picture to the media’s depiction of an underperforming NHS. I’d recommend anyone taking a placement. It’s a really valuable experience that will give you direction after graduation.

“My ambitions are to enter clinical science, so I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. From assisting children get a colourful cast fitted to watching patients go under the knife, I’ve been given a wonderful insight into the NHS. I’m not sure how prepared I thought I was when I scrubbed up and entered the main theatre at 9:10am, but I definitely wasn’t! Good job I skipped breakfast that morning.

I’ve spent time in the skin cancer clinic, the soft tissue sarcoma clinic, the renal unit, the main theatre, the plaster room, pathology, immunology, phlebotomy, and infection control.

Speaking with staff and patients, I’ve gained a real understanding of how the NHS operates – the empathy and competence of staff, the resilience and gratefulness of patients. Some moments were heartbreaking, some uplifting. Above all though, being on placement has given me a completely different picture to the media’s depiction of an underperforming NHS.

I’ve now managed to secure a training contract in the immunology department, and this experience will inform my dissertation on the diagnosis of autoimmune limbic encephalitis.

I’d recommend anyone taking a placement. It’s a really valuable experience that will give you direction after graduation.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BSc (Hons) Human Biology.