University of Bradford, University of Salford
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, MSc Clinical Science (Critical Care)
Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Senior Critical Care Scientist
Favourite thing to do in my job: This is a tough one. 🤔 Everyday is just so different! So, I guess going to work and not knowing what to expect is exciting.
Yorkshire family man, who’s a big kid at heart, have a great love for food and a real thrill seeker!
I’m Raashid; I live in Bradford and work in Manchester. When I’m not working I spend a lot of my time with my extended family who mean a lot to me. In between family time, I try to get involved with different activities. I enjoy trying different food which I combine with my love for cooking👨🏻🍳 but I prefer eating out more! I like going to theme parks for the adrenaline rush of the fast rides, especially swings and rollercoasters🎢
I work with doctors and nurses to support patients organs, using machines to help the very sick hospital patients!
I’m a clinical scientist working in a hospital alongside the critical care teams who care for some of the really sick patients. I work as part of a team of 10 scientists across all areas of the hospital and with all age ranges from preterm babies to toddlers, and young people to adults. My work is to provide clinical, scientific and technical support and to advise the teams of staff involved in patient care. A large part of my job involves working with important life saving machines that support patients organs.
My Typical Day
My day is spent working with different teams on the intensive care unit to help with the safe delivery of care and therapies.
I start work at 8am, as a team we sit and plan what we would do through the day. I would either spend the day in the adults or the children’s hospital.
The first task of the day would be to check the important equipment which is used often and make sure it is available and working correctly. There’s lots happening on each unit throughout the day so, I could be asked;
– To support moving a critically ill patient from the ICU to a different part of the hospital, such as radiology if they need a CT scan or theatre if they need an operation,
– To run a specific test on a patient’s blood sample,
– To set up machines for therapies that could be used to support the patient’s brain, heart, lungs or kidneys.
The plans change on a daily basis and new tasks are added to the list of jobs we have, so before the team finishes for the day we all sit together again and go through the jobs we have completed throughout the day. This is so the person on shift through the night knows what’s happening on the units.
What I'd do with the prize money
The money would be used to create educational videos promoting the role of healthcare scientists.
Many people don’t know of Healthcare Scientists, let alone know the different types of them! So, I would use the prize to raise awareness and promote the profile of the Healthcare Scientists, with a particular emphasis on the role of the Critical Care Scientist.
The videos would include some of the tasks we (Critical Care Scientists) perform, incorporating pathophysiology to try and explain how this supports the care for patients on Critical Care units.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Ambitious, Confident, Funny 😎
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
I spent some time working in the Intensive Care and anaesthetics department at the King Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I’ve always been interested in Critical Care and emergency medicine, working in A&E made me want it more! 🚑
What was your favourite subject at school?
Geography! 🌍 Learning and understanding about volcanoes and earthquakes was awesome! 🌋
What did you want to be after you left school?
An airline pilot ✈️
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, I was always being told off for talking 🙊
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Not sure to be honest, but I think I would be doing something healthcare related.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Drake - “Perfection’ to me is, I walk away from a situation and say, ‘I did everything I could do right there.”
What's your favourite food?
Fish and chips! 😋
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelling around Thailand!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) Invent or discover something big 🧬 2) Become famous (maybe win a international prize) 🥇 and 3) Have my own private island with lots of sun and sand! 🌴
Tell us a joke.
What did baby corn ask mother corn? Where’s pop corn? 😆