Leading a team of five technicians, she develops subject material that assists the teaching and learning of the students at Buckinghamshire New University.

The role is varied and no two days are the same. She could be ordering stock, programming and running a human patient simulator (sophisticated manikins), videoing and extracting data, creating a moulage wound (moulage is the art of applying wounds for training purposes), laying out equipment for the students to practice clinical skills, creating a simulation scenario or debriefing after a session.

When Samantha started the role, nearly seven years ago, there was no formal training. “I enjoy learning on the job, solving technical issues and gaining and offering knowledge from the wider simulation technician network. Being a technician, I get to wear many hats so to speak. Sessions wouldn’t be as successful without the support of the technician. I would liken my role to jack of all trades, master of some.”

This year Samantha completed an application to become a registered scientist through the Science Council. “I believe gaining this award is a fantastic way to have your expertise, knowledge and competency recognised and a great opportunity to support your future career development.”

Samantha - Career Pathway

  • 2006
    Working as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • 2009
    Deputy Team Leader Teaching Assistants
  • 2011
    Whilst working as a Laboratory Technician, completed a course to create wounds to assist in the student's clinical skills sessions
  • 2012
    Working as a Skills and Simulation Supervisor
  • 2013 - 2015
    Became a member of ASPiH and became a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • 2016 - Present
    Skills and Simulation Facilities Team Lead
  • 2017
    Registered Scientist status awarded

Stats - Simulation Facilities Team Leader

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Full Time Employed: 34,313
Part Time Employed: 7,026
Self Employed: 1,725
Total Employed: 43,064

Gender Split

Male: 36,841
Female: 6,223

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Science, engineering and production technicians n.e.c.

Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of technical support functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 311: Science, Engineering and Production Technicians.


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