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Sarah J Albon - Director, Cambridge Cellular Therapy Laboratory (CCTL)

Healthcare Science Specialism: Clinical Scientist in Immunology, specialism Cell Therapy

Sarah J Albon

What does your job involve?

I am responsible the overall management and leadership of CCTL. I line manage the Head of Quality and Production Manager and chair weekly meetings to be kept up to date with the service. I am budget holder for the department and therefore responsible for resource management. I am also Designated Individual for our HTA Therapeutic Tissue Licence and ensure that all our services are compliant with regulation. I take an active role in training and operations and am passionate about strategy and the future of the department.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Seeing positive change in the department and helping the service and its staff reach potential; I love teaching and training and inspiring others to succeed in their careers.

What qualifications led you to this role?

  • BSc (Hons) Biology
  • MSc Medical Immunology
  • Clinical Scientist Training and HCPC Registration via Association of Clinical Scientists (ACS) portfolio
  • Chartered Scientist Qualification

What career opportunities are available?

So many different roles are required for the provision of a Cellular Therapy Service that delivers an excellent cutting edge service; Administrators, Medical Laboratory Assistants, Medical Technical Officers, Technicians, Healthcare Scientists, Manufacture Scientists, Quality Officers, Co-ordinators, Managers… the opportunities are endless!

Do you have advice for someone interested in a career in healthcare science?

Visit as many labs as you can and learn about the different disciplines. Being a Healthcare Scientist does not just mean working in Pathology, there are many other applications too!