Career Blog: Trainee Cardiac Physiologist

Zoe took some time away from her job to talk to us about working in Cardiology.

 

What is your current role, and why did you choose to work in Health and Care?

I work as a trainee cardiac physiologist. After completing a sport science degree at university, I went to work in Cardiology. I knew that I liked working with people and helping others, so this role appealed to me. My manager encouraged me to apply for a trainee programme to be a cardiac physiologist.

 

What skills do you need to do your job?

Good communication and enthusiasm are very important. Attention to detail is essential, for analysing ECG recordings and writing reports. You need to be able to work on your own and as part of a multi-skilled team. Finally, you need to work well in stressful situations due to some of the procedures that we perform.

What is the favourite thing about your current role?

 

Everyday is different, so I never get bored and there is always more to learn!

What does a typical day look like in your job?

As a trainee, I’m involved in a range of diagnostic tests, pacemaker implantation and follow-up. I am rotated during shifts so it makes my days quite varied because of the range of tests that we perform. Once qualified, I want to specialise in either pacing or echocardiography.

 

What advice would you give someone looking to join the NHS?

Apply for a job within cardiology. Even if you are unsure whether you have the correct experience or qualifications. It can also be worth gaining some shadowing experience within a cardiology department.