Masters sport course was my route into the NHS

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Sean Cutler completed the MSc Sport, Health & Exercise Science course at the University of South Wales (USW). He is now employed by the Research & Development team within the NHS as a Clinical Trial Coordinator. Here, Sean reflects on his time studying at USW.

“My role as a Clinical Trial Coordinator, is to support the set-up of clinical trials focusing on respiratory health, haematology, intensive care and Covid-19, as well as visiting patients in our research clinic to collect biological samples and trial-related data. Our studies range from observational (data collection) to phase II, III- and intravenous drug interventions.

Within my role, I am utilising the practical skills I developed during my studies on a daily basis by carrying out tasks such as the recording of electrocardiograms, collecting blood samples and working within the laboratory independently to process and separate samples. The assignments we were given at USW prepared me well for my current role, as I left understanding the importance of obtaining ethical approval and consent from a participant before beginning a research trial.

The teaching at USW allows you to develop your technical skills in the excellent exercise physiology laboratory by allowing you to use the equipment as part of your research project. I enjoyed the responsibility of arranging time slots for participants to visit the lab, running through the eligibility criteria and ensuring that I obtained consent before conducting an exercise protocol. Another benefit of studying at USW is that you have plenty of hands on practical time in the sport and exercise science laboratories.

In the first 6 months of my current role, I was added as a co-author for an Intensive Care study identifying phenotypes in COVID-19 patients with respiratory distress syndrome, enhancing my research CV. I am now building my portfolio to attain a role as a research officer, where I will lead on trials, as well as seek support from health & Care Research Wales for PhD funding.”

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