Careers Service

Allied Medical Specialisms

Professionals who work in allied medical specialisms work closely with clinicians and spend most of their time in direct contact with patients. The main employer for professionals working in this area will be the NHS but a significant number will work in private practice and in some cases, eg pharmacy, in a retail environment. This section also includes the relatively new role of physician associate.


Follow the links below for profiles of common occupations in this sector:


We may have some Edinburgh alumni contacts who can give you some useful advice on getting into this type of work. Connect.ed can be found in the Careers tab on your MyEd portal - and you can search for contacts there by employer, job title, locations, and School (UG and PG).


British Dietetic Association (BDA) - provides excellent information on education and training for dieticians and a career choices section which lists job vacancies throughout the UK.

British Dietetic Association

Association for Nutrition - professional body for the regulation and registration of nutritionists. Site includes information about careers and training in nutrition, including accredited courses. The association also maintains the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), a searchable register of Nutritionists.

Association for Nutrition

British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) - works in partnership with academic and research institutes, the food industry, educators and government. The site has excellent careers information with a "Getting Started" section, listings of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and funding awards. The site also explains the differences between nutrition, dietetics, public health nutrition and animal nutrition.

British Nutrition Foundation

Nutrition Society (NS) - aims to advance the scientific study of nutrition and its application to the maintenance of human and animal health. The site advertises vacancies and has video interviews with nutritionists about their careers (in the student membership section).

Nutrition Society

Dispensing optician

Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) - a membership organisation for professional dispensing opticians. The website contains information about a career in dispensing optics.

Association of British Dispensing Opticians

Federation of (Opthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians (FODO) - represents the interests of registered opticians. The site has general information about the optics trade.

Federation of Opthalmic & Dispensing Opticians

General Optical Council (GOC) - is the statutory body which regulates the optical professions. The website has a good education section with information on qualifying, registration and careers in dispensing optics.

General Optical Council

Occupational therapist

British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists ( BAOT COT) - has useful information about a career in occupational therapy including lists of courses and guidance on entry and training. You will also find information on the choice of roles on offer and the various work settings.


College of Optometrists - is the professional, scientific and examining body for optometry in the UK. The site has information on how to qualify and register as an optometrist in the UK, as well as career case studies.


British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) - is the professional body for orthoptists. Orthoptists investigate, diagnose and treat disorders of vision and defects of eye movement. This site includes general information about orthoptic careers, as well as sections on courses, grants and bursaries.


British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO) - is the UK professional body for this specialism. The website has a good careers information section.


Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists in Great Britain and Ireland - is the professional body for the profession. The site includes career-related information and vacancies.


Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) - represents companies producing prescription drugs in the UK. The website contains an extensive careers section.

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

General Pharmaceutical Council - regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises. Site includes information about careers in pharmacy and pharmacy education which the council also regulates. There is also a searchable register of pharmacists.

The General Pharmaceutical Council

National Pharmacy Association (NPA) - the national body of Britain's community pharmacy owners. The site has news, publications, a job opportunities section and information on training.

National Pharmacy Association

National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP) - independent organisation within the profession in the UK representing women in pharmacy. Site includes details of a mentoring scheme.

National Association of Women Pharmacists

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) - statutory and regulatory body for the pharmaceutical profession in Northern Ireland. The site includes a section on registering as a trainee pharmacist.

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland

PJ Careers - pharmacy recruitment website. As well as advertising jobs it has lots of case studies, information about larger employers, and career advice articles in the ‘advice’ section.

PJ Careers

Royal Pharmaceutical Society - professional body for pharmacy. Site includes information about careers in pharmacy. Also has a students association.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

British Pharmaceutical Students' Association

Physician associate

NHS Careers - Physician associate - this outlines the role of a physician associate (formerly known as physician assistant) and has links to the institutions who offer physician associate training programmes.

NHS Careers

Royal College of Anaesthetists - provides an overview of the physician's assistant (anaesthesia) role and entry requirements in the careers and training section.

Royal College of Anaesthetists

UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA) - founded in 2005 by American Physician Assistants employed in the UK. The website has useful information about the new Physician Assistant programmes in the UK and links to the corresponding university courses.

UK Association of Physician Associates

Association of Physicians' Assistants (Anaesthesia) - as well as careers information you will also find a list of organisations who employ PA(A)s as part of their team.

Association of Physicians' Assistants (Anaesthesia)


British Institute of Radiology (BIR) - is an independent forum which aims to bring together all the professions in radiology and allied medical and scientific disciplines to share knowledge and educate the public.

British Institute of Radiology

Radiography Careers - career information site from the Society of Radiographers, with case studies and information on training.

Radiography Careers

Society of Radiographers (SoR) - provides detailed information on a career in this field including explanations of the different roles in radiography and a directory of courses. Jobs are also advertised.

Society of Radiographers

Speech and language therapist

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) - is the professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK. The website contains a careers guide with information on the role, entry and training.

Surgical care practitioner

NHS Career Planner - provides some information on the role of surgical care practitioner and also has a case study which gives you some insight into the job.

NHS Career Planner

How to become a surgical care practitioner (pdf) - a document put together by the University of Plymouth, this is a helpful guide for anyone who is interested in this role.

How to become a Surgical Care Practitioner

Royal College of Surgeons of England - includes some information on what the role of surgical care practitioner involves. RCS are also a good contact for further information.

Royal College of Surgeons of England

Other useful links


Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - statutory regulator of dietitians, occupational therapists, orthoptists, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers, and speech and language therapists. The website includes a database of HCPC approved courses.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)