Microbiology trainer

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Slides from a presentation given by Suzanna Hawkey (Public Health England) as part of the 2016 Careers After Biological Sciences season at the University of Leicester, UK.
As well as describing her role, Suzanna gave insights into the principles of handling highly contagious organisms, and generic tips for anyone considering applying for a similar job.

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Microbiology trainer

  1. 1. Microbiology Trainer – from high school to high containment Dr Suzanna Hawkey BSc, MSc, DBMS, FIBMS Senior Microbiology Trainer, Novel and Dangerous Pathogens Training, PHE Porton Salisbury
  2. 2. University Teaching Clinical Microbiology Research / Ref. Microbiology NADP Training 2 © Crown Copyright - PHE School / College LEARNING How I got here?
  3. 3. Public Health England was established on 1 April 2013 to bring together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single public health service. What we do We protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. Who we are We employ 5,000 staff (full-time equivalent), mostly scientists, researchers and public health professionals 3 Public Health England © Crown Copyright - PHE
  4. 4. 4 PHE Porton © Crown Copyright - PHE PHE Porton supports in preparing for and responding to health threats by providing high containment microbiological research and reference capabilities. PHE Porton has an international reputation in scientific research, with a long established record in the safe handling of hazardous pathogens. Porton Down site: 1916 Royal Engineers station UK Military 1979 CAMR / DSTL 2003 HPA CEPR 2013 PHE Porton 2015 PHE / Porton Biopharma
  5. 5. 5 Emergency preparedness and response © Crown Copyright - PHE
  6. 6. 6 © Crown Copyright - PHE Novel & Dangerous Pathogens Training PHE Porton Biosafety and applied microbiology training Customers: - government agencies, - technology companies, - universities and - foreign governments
  7. 7. 7 © Crown Copyright - PHE Biosafety Principles Pathogens are categorised into four hazard groups: HG1, HG2, HG3 and HG4
  8. 8. 8 © Crown Copyright - PHE Containment laboratories Containment equipment CL2 CL3 CL4 MSC I MSC II MSC IIIFFI
  9. 9. Training in the workplace Unconscious Incompetence Conscious Incompetence Conscious Competence Unconscious Competence 9 © Crown Copyright - PHE
  10. 10. Typical day as a microbiology trainer 10 © Crown Copyright - PHE ? Never the same Depends on the course: • Containment Level 3 / Applied refresher • ISTR Biosafety Practitioner Level 1 • Basic Lab skills • Molecular / Virology / HG3 Awareness • Hitch Hikers Guide to Microbiology • Ebola deployment / Olympic Preparedness • International projects • E learning development and authoring - CL3 laboratory supervisor / lab work - Risk assessments……. International travel: Azerbaijan, Turkey, Italy, Germany, European conferences & meetings - Up and coming this year Thailand, India and China
  11. 11. 11 © Crown Copyright - PHE Theory and practices - Biosafety principles in practice - Specialist containment equipment - Scenarios - Specific techniques - Identification methods / diagnostics - Disinfectants and waste treatment - Transport of biological material - Inspection and audit - Training and competency - Professional development
  12. 12. 12 © Crown Copyright - PHE In the laboratory project work
  13. 13. 13 © Crown Copyright - PHE In the field
  14. 14. 14 © Crown Copyright - PHE Local community
  15. 15. 15 © Crown Copyright - PHE Career to date 1996 – 1999 Biological Sciences, (BSc Hon, Leicester) 1999 – 2000 Teacher training (PGCE, Leicester) 2000 – 2003 Teaching (NQT, QTS and supply) NW London , Cornwall 2003 – 2007 Clinical microbiology, Truro (HCPC / IBMS & MSc, Ulster) 2007 – 2009 Microbiologist, Research Porton (DBMS, Portsmouth) 2009 – 2010 Senior BMS, RIPL Porton 2010 – present Microbiology trainer, NADP Porton (2015 finished DBMS) 2007 – present Posters, publications, presentations The future?
  16. 16. 16 © Crown Copyright - PHE Summary of top tips - Don’t be afraid you are not always going in the direction expected - You don’t know unless you ask - Go for laboratory visits / volunteer if possible / environment - Be prepared for interviews – find out about the organisation - Sometimes it’s what you know opens doors - Sometimes it’s who you know opens doors - Read scientific literature, use critical appraisal tools makes it easier - Health and safety important in all biological science careers - Team working is very important – interpersonal skills - Knowledge, skills and experience - Relating what you learn to the real world or working in science
  17. 17. 17 © Crown Copyright - PHE High containment?

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