Case study

Kate Fenna from Clinical Biochemistry to rising star award

Kate is a Principal Biochemist at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) and National FMLM Fellow in the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer.


After graduating from the University of Southampton with a BSc Honours in Biomedical Science with 3 academic scholarships, I went on to successfully complete the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) specialising in Clinical Biochemistry in 2018 at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford. As a trainee, I sat on the ACB committee as the Southern Region outside London Trainee Rep and regional newsletter editor. Upon STP completion, I obtained a permanent clinical biochemist post at Frimley Health NHS Foundation trust, passed my RCPath part 1 examination in Biochemistry and was promoted to Senior Biochemist.

I’ve always had a passion for training and education and thus within this role became the Berkshire and Surrey Pathology Services (BSPS) Clinical Training Lead. During this time, I won staff awards for Trainer of the Year, Best Team Player, Above and Beyond and the Frimley Health CEO Change Challenge. In Autumn 2020, I passed all elements of the RCPath Part 2 Examination in Clinical Biochemistry and obtained my Principal Biochemist post at HHFT where I’ve worked since January 2021. Within this role I am leading the implementation of a new Blood Sciences Department and have driven a multi-award-winning patient improvement pathway. I’ve maintained my love for training, and I am now an STP Training Officer, University of Winchester BSc Module Lead, Blood Sciences Departmental wide CPD Lead, as well as volunteering as a STEM Ambassador and British Science Association CREST Assessor.

In recognition of her achievements, Kate was recently awarded a Chief Scientific Officers Rising Star Award 2021/22.

I hope to gain unprecedented experience in high level healthcare strategy and leadership, learning from the best in the profession, and growing both professionally and personally in the process. I’m most looking forward to being involved in projects that will take me totally out of my comfort zone. In areas I’ve never worked before, whilst meeting inspiring individuals from a range of backgrounds.

Last updated on 8th July 2022