In January 1994, I started work in Medical Illustration on a six-month temporary contract – 24 years later I am still here!
I have been lucky to work with a team of award-winning Medical Illustration healthcare professionals and, through their expertise, I have acquired a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of design and print and I am now design and print manager.
I manage the creation and the stock levels of all of the clinical documents in the Trust, and regularly liaise with external printing agencies, finance, procurement and other third parties to fulfil customer expectations. With cost improvement programme (CIP) targets across the NHS it is essential that jobs are specified and cost effective ways of printing sought. It is part of my role to obtain printers’ quotes and advise customers how they can make sometimes minor document changes to create big savings.
I have extensive knowledge of working on Apple Macintosh computers but I can just as easily work on a PC. I use a variety of professional design and desktop publishing software across PC and Mac platforms.
Medical Illustration is a very busy department and has a systems-orientated approach to its operational working, receiving numerous requests daily for the design and printing of patient information, clinical forms and scientific posters. I am often required to meet seemingly impossible deadlines, so it is vital that I am organised and have a good overview of all of the work flowing through the department.
I am very proud to say that in 2013 I was nominated by colleagues and honoured to win the Hospital Oscar award in recognition of my hard work and dedication.