Biomedical scientists screen patient samples and help doctors and healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat disease. They have a sound knowledge of biology, biochemistry and chemistry.
You may specialise in one of three areas: Infection Science - medical microbiology (the study of micro-organisms), virology (the study of viruses), immunology (the study of the immune system); Blood Sciences - blood transfusion science, clinical chemistry (the study of body fluids and the adverse effects of chemicals on the body), haematology (the study of blood); or Cellular Sciences - cytology (the study of cells), histopathology (the study of human tissue) and reproductive science.
This will depend on your chosen area, and may include:
- testing for diseases like Legionnaires' disease and food poisoning
- screening and testing for infectious diseases like rubella or hepatitis
- analysing blood for disease and monitor organ function
- supporting the blood transfusion and transplant service through blood grouping and matching
- screening for blood abnormalities and diseases, like anaemia and leukaemia
- processing and analysing tissue samples from operations and autopsies
- using specialist procedures like cell culture to detect cancer
- routinely test fluid and tissue samples like cervical smear tests
- updating paperwork or computerised systems with data and test results.
- Electronic mail software: e.g. Google Gmail, Linux-based email software, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo! Email
- Medical software: e.g. MEDITECH software, Test result delivery software, Test routing software
- Office suite software: e.g. Apple iWork, Corel Office Suite, Google Drive, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org
- 105,758 biomedical scientists are employed in the UK.
- New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
- On Call
- Shift Work
- Weekends & Public Holidays
- In the Lab
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Route to Employment
You could do a degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, or train through the NHS Practitioner Training Programme and complete a degree in healthcare science. Your course will include work placements so you can get industry experience and evidence to complete a training portfolio. You'll need this to register with the Health and Care Professions Council in order to work in the NHS.
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