Charlotte Kemp

Lots of chats today, great fun!!!



Queen Elizabeth High School, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire 1991-1998; University College London 1998-2001 and 2001-2003; Loughborough University 2005-2009


BSc (Physics with Medical Physics); MSc (Radiation Physics); DipIPEM; PhD; registered Clinical Scientist; CSci (Chartered Scientist)

Work History:

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, London (Trainee Clinical Scientist, 2001-2005); Sleep Research Centre, Loughborough (Research Associate, 2005-2007; PhD 2005-2008)

Current Job:

Principal Clinical Scientist (Clinical Measurement)


James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, South Tees NHS Foundation Trust

Me and my work

I specialise in the area of clinical measurement and my work involves making measurements on patients; problem solving; building, testing and using systems in the hospital to improve patient care.

The work that I do can be split into two main areas:  Clinical and Development.  Clinical things that I do include monitoring of the spinal cord during operations to correct its curvature; leading a service that uses a device to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood when people are asleep to diagnose a sleep disorder where people stop breathing during the night (called obstructive sleep apnoea, OSA:

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trace of someone with OSA myimage2








and setting up equipment to monitor the pressures inside the skull.


Development projects that I have done include designing and building a device to alert a person who is paralysed from the neck down as to when their urine bag is getting full (that makes me in inventor!) myimage3

and putting together a system to measure how good we are at helping babies to begin breathing when they have difficulty breathing on their own myimage4.





In terms of life outside of work, here’s a picture of me on my wedding day, 6th Oct 2012! myimage5.

My Typical Day

My days can vary widely; on one day I will be in theatre monitoring a patient’s spine, on another day I will be in the office analysing data and on another I might be teaching people how to use lasers safely. No two days are ever the same!

What I'd do with the money

I’d use it to raise awareness of what we do, so that when people hear about hospitals, they don’t just think of doctors and nurses.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Not a geek

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Babybird, Django Django, Elbow, Queens of the Stone Age

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Going on a helicopter ride around the twelve apostles (rock formations along the coast) in Australia

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1. To be rich but not famous, 2. To be happy and content, however my life turns out, 3. For warmer, drier UK summers!

What did you want to be after you left school?

I had no idea, I just knew that I wanted to study physics more

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Not really, if I ever got in trouble it was for talking too loud or when I shouldn’t be…I’m not a quiet person

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Presented my work at international conferences

Tell us a joke.

Two budgies sitting on a perch. One says to the other “Can you smell fish?”

Other stuff

Work photos: