Medical illustrators are healthcare scientists who produce visual records to help clinicians diagnose conditions or monitor treatment effectiveness. They work closely with healthcare professionals, including other healthcare scientists, to produce resources for use in patient care, education, teaching and research.
My name is Sandie, I'm a Clinical photographer and I work for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
My job involves taking photographs of patients to accurately record their conditions. My job is important, so when the patients come back, the pictures are there, so the healthcare professionals can refer back to them and help diagnose and monitor their treatment.
I really enjoy the patient interaction and I love hearing the patients stories and their journey. I particularly like it when they come back to see us and their conditions are improving.
There can be lots of challenges when communicating with the patients. Sometimes there can be language barriers or the patients can be hard of hearing. We need to make sure they know and understand what it is we're doing and why we're taking photographs, so I can ensure they're comfortable in front of us and happy with what we're doing.
My job is truly rewarding and I feel that my job is so unique and specialised it has a true purpose and makes a difference.