Meet the team – Sara Phillips-Jones

For Biomedical Science Day, we would like to introduce you to one of our biomedical scientists, Sara Phillips-Jones. A member of the IBMS, Sara is a HCPC registered BMS with 8 years’ experience as a BMS. She has over 12 years’ experience in Laboratory Medicine, and brings a wealth of diverse technical know-how to our EQA team. She recently presented a learning session to colleagues on POCT Respiratory Development as part of our ethos to embed education and training throughout our organisation.

An interview with Sara

When was the moment you realised you wanted to have a career in science?
I’ve always had an interest in mathematics and science from a very young age. I’ve found that learning is one of my main motivations. Having a career in science offers many opportunities to learn and develop your knowledge and skills, which can be very fulfilling.

When did you start your career in science, and has it changed?
In university, I had a summer job working at Biomonde in Bridgend Cleaning, assisting in the production and manufacture of sterile larvae used for cleaning necrotic diabetic ulcers. After university, I worked at Severn Trent Water, filtering water samples to determine if they were potable. With this experience behind me, I was lucky enough to start working for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, at the University Hospital of Wales as an MLA. I completed my qualification as a BMS, which I’m really proud of. I’ve enjoyed having a diverse career path that provides me with knowledge and experience to become a BMS. There have been many opportunities to learn different skills and apply them to my work.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the IBMS community?
The diversity in knowledge, experience, and skills that the community has to offer. I’m learning about new assays and methods that are coming into circulation, particularly in pharmacology. Pharmacology is a fascinating field.

Being part of a science community means being surrounded by a wealth of knowledge and skills. The Weqas environment is a constant source of learning.

What would you say to anyone who wants to start a career in science?

“Take advantage of any opportunities available to you. Identify your strengths and what you are passionate about; as there are many different avenues available to pursue whatever interests you, it is definitely not a one-size-fits-all career route.”

What do you enjoy most about being a scientist?
I enjoy working in an inspiring, collaborative learning environment where curiosity and knowledge thrive. Developing new ways of working to meet clinical outcomes is extremely rewarding.

We hope that Sara’s journey into her Biomedical Scientist career inspires you to pursue your interests, embrace continuous learning, and to contribute to the scientific community.