Medical Related Scientific Services
Clinical roles contribute directly to patient treatment and care, and often involve work with patients. Biomedical roles tend to be more “behind the scenes”, providing others in the medical team with the information they need to treat patients effectively.
The NHS is the major employer, and main routes in are as a trainee clinical scientist or a biomedical scientist. Competition is strong.
Many of the specialisations below can be entered via the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP; formerly known as the clinical scientist route).
Postgraduate study before entering is not essential although it is becoming more common. A related degree is necessary.
Health Careers - main source of information on health careers within the NHS, including exploration of roles and career planning.
National School of Healthcare Science - supports the implementation and delivery of healthcare science training and education for England. Website has information about careers in Healthcare Science, including the NHS Scientist Training Programme.
Academy for Healthcare Science - an umbrella body for the professional organisations representing healthcare scientists.
Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) - the regulating body for health professions, including biomedical and clinical scientists. Includes a register of approved courses required for admission to the HCPC.
Institute of Biomedical Science - the professional body for biomedical scientists in all fields of work. Useful careers information including a detailed section on education and training.
NHS Education For Scotland - gives an overview of preregistration training of clinical scientists in NHS Scotland - useful for finding out application dates.
Association of Clinical Scientists - professional organisation. Useful for industry news and contacts.
British Academy of Audiology - professional organisation. Career information and job vacancies.
British Society of Audiology - extensive information on audiology careers.
British Society for Histocompatability and Immunogenetics - is a professional body . Includes vacancies.
British Society for Immunology - information on various careers in immunology . Details of studentships, jobs and courses.
British Society for Haematology - includes details of scholarships for students.
Association for Clinical Biochemistry - a professional body with useful information on careers.
Biochemical Society - includes careers information and details of scholarships for undergraduates (including summer vacation studentships).
NHS Scotland - this page has information on the training route for medical physicists in Scotland (this differs from England and Wales and Northern Ireland).
Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine - important site, brings together physical science, engineering and clinical professionals in academia, healthcare services and industry.
British Nuclear Medicine Society - includes information on being a nuclear medicine physicist.
International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine - information on the wide range of work done medical physics and biomedical engineering. The website is useful for finding relevant organisations in individual countries throughout the world.
Clinical Genetics Society - provides links to a number of relevant organisations and journals, as well as advertising job vacancies, which can be found under the 'Information & Education' tab.
British Society for Genetic Medicine - is an independent body representing UK human genetics professionals. Has useful information on careers in clinical genetics, which can be found under the 'Information & Education' section.
The Genetics Society - careers information aimed mainly at school pupils - but offers funding to undergraduates for summer research projects
Association for Clinical Genetic Science - useful for its directory of regional genetics centres.
Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology - the ARTP website has a useful careers section about the various activities of a respiratory physiologist and also advertises jobs.
British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) - In the careers section of the site there are profiles of the different physiologist jobs in sport and exercise. The information includes entry and training, typical employers and opportunities and pay.
The Physiologist Society - its careers information is mostly aimed at schools (access it via Education>Schools) but it includes brief case studies. Also includes PhD opportunities and jobs for physiologists.
NB vacancies may also be listed in many of the sites above.