I am a Clinical Scientist working within the Newcastle Mitochondrial NCG Diagnostic Service. I work within the molecular genetics team, where we aim to identify the DNA variants which are responsible for a patient’s clinical presentation. Having had the opportunity to attend some patient clinics with our wonderful specialist nurses and clinicians, I understand how important it is for patients and their families to receive a diagnosis. I especially enjoy the multidisciplinary approach that we have here, combining biochemistry, histochemistry, genomics and research which I feel enables us to provide a unique service to our patients.