Your Name: Layla Austerberry

Your Employer / Trust: Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

What apprenticeship are you studying and what does the study involve?

Level 4 - Healthcare Science Associate – Learning about the body systems, lung function testing, ECG interpretation and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring as well as other topics that are essential to becoming a successful healthcare science associate such as person-centered care, research, communication, learning, and legal and ethical requirements. This includes some theoretical study at college and then practical learning in the workplace that includes written assessments as well as physical evidence of my ability to perform and understand the tests that are included within the apprenticeship.

Why did you want to do the apprenticeship?

I have really enjoyed learning about respiratory physiology since joining the team at SCH and wanted to further this knowledge so that I could perform and understand some of the more complex lung function testing that is often important in the diagnosis and management of lung conditions.

What is your current role?

Respiratory Physiology Assistant

How did you get into your current role?

Via an advertisement on the NHS jobs website. All training has been in-house until I started the apprenticeship.


What do you want to do once you complete your apprenticeship?

Further study into respiratory physiology, potentially a degree, with the end goal of becoming a qualified respiratory physiologist.

What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship?

Applying for the apprenticeship was easy and I was supported throughout, my manager ensures I get a study day every week either for dedicated learning or for completing my assignments. I’m still earning my normal wage so I’m not worried about supporting my family and I get to learn new things and will eventually have a qualification that will open lots of doors for employment opportunities. It’s definitely worth it!