Lucy Nye: Clinical Neurophysiologist, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

When did you start in the NHS?

October 2014.

Why did you choose to work in the NHS?

The NHS offered me the opportunity to train and work in a little-known field for a trusted and well-respected organisation. It provided me with a solid platform from which I have been able to progress my career from a trainee to a fully qualified neurophysiologist, for which I am very grateful.

Describe what you do in 100 words

In neurophysiology we perform a range of investigations on patients to test the function of the central and peripheral nervous system. For example, electroencephalography is used to record the electrical activity of the brain mainly in the diagnosis and monitoring of epilepsy. Evoked potentials, which are produced by the brain in response to various stimuli, are mainly used in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and nerve conduction studies (primarily used for diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome). Electromyography (used in conditions such as myasthenia gravis and motor neurone disease) tests the function of the nerves and muscles.

How would you describe the NHS in one word?

Indispensable.

If you could give the NHS any 70th birthday present what would it be?

A big pat on the back for all it has achieved over the last 70 years and more money for it to continue doing so.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about working in the NHS?

Do it. It’ll change your life and many others. The difference you can make to patients’ lives is incredible, and the sense of pride from doing so and from working for such a wonderful, one-of-a-kind organisation is worth every minute.

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