Sarah La’Porte, Consultant Radiologist, Milton Keynes University Hospital

When did you start in the NHS?

2001

Why did you choose to work in the NHS?

I wanted to work for an organisation that believes that, regardless of background or circumstance, we are all entitled to high quality care.

Describe what you do in 100 words.

I am a consultant radiologist with an interest in head and neck imaging. I look at CT scans, MRI scans and x-rays, and provide a report to the clinical doctors, typically ear, nose and throat (ENT) and maxillofacial surgeons. I meet with surgeons, oncologists, nurses and many other members of the multidisciplinary team once per week to discuss patients and their care. I also perform ultrasound and biopsy of the neck, and I therefore have the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with patients under our care.

How would you describe the NHS in one word?

Dogged.

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

A well-deserved round the world cruise.

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

To get some experience at a hospital or GP practice. It is crucial to spend some time on the ground, speaking to current NHS workers about the challenges and opportunities of the job, before you even consider a career in healthcare. It is demanding, yet frequently rewarding, work.

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