Hayley Hanson

Surgical & Prosthetic Design Engineer

I studied civil engineering at University and always preferred the design aspects of the work. When I graduated I wanted to find something that was design focused. Finding a job with the surgical and prosthetic design team has allowed me to explore a new and unexpected direction. I’ve learnt so much working with surgeons and other clinicians. Going into surgery to watch the implants that I’ve designed being used is fascinating. I get a great sense of achievement knowing that I have been part of something that is making a real difference to someone’s life.
Before starting at PDR I never imagined that I would be helping to plan surgeries and getting so involved with clinicians. I’d never used a 3D printer or seen a 3D printed metal implant. The team here have been incredibly supportive in training and encouraging me. Precision and accuracy are very important in the work I do; it can be stressful but the rest of the team are always there if I need them. It’s a lot of responsibility, but at the same time rewarding to know that I am providing a high quality service that is improving people’s lives.