Careers Service

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.

Profiles

Useful resources

Health Careers - main source of information on health careers within the NHS, including exploration of roles and career planning.

Health Careers

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.

National School of Healthcare Science

Academy for Healthcare Science - an umbrella body for the professional organisations representing healthcare scientists.

Academy for Healthcare Science

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.

Health & Care Professions Council

Biomedical scientist

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.

Clinical scientist

NHS Education For Scotland - gives an overview of preregistration training of clinical scientists in NHS Scotland - useful for finding out application dates.

NHS Education For Scotland

Association of Clinical Scientists - professional organisation. Useful for industry news and contacts.

Association of Clinical Scientists

Audiological scientist

British Academy of Audiology - professional organisation. Career information and job vacancies.

British Academy of Audiology

British Society of Audiology - extensive information on audiology careers.

British Society of Audiology

Immunologist

British Society for Histocompatability and Immunogenetics - is a professional body . Includes vacancies.

British Society for Histocompatability and Immunogenetics

British Society for Immunology - information on various careers in immunology . Details of studentships, jobs and courses.

Haematologist

British Society for Haematology - includes details of scholarships for students.

Clinical biochemist

Association for Clinical Biochemistry - a professional body with useful information on careers.

Association for Clinical Biochemistry

Biochemical Society - includes careers information and details of scholarships for undergraduates (including summer vacation studentships).

Biochemical Society

Medical physicist

NHS Scotland - this page has information on the training route for medical physicists in Scotland (this differs from England and Wales and Northern Ireland).

NHS Scotland

Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine - important site, brings together physical science, engineering and clinical professionals in academia, healthcare services and industry.

Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine

British Nuclear Medicine Society - includes information on being a nuclear medicine physicist.

British Nuclear Medicine Society

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.

International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine

Geneticist

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.

Clinical Genetics Society

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.

British Society for Genetic Medicine

The Genetics Society - careers information aimed mainly at school pupils - but offers funding to undergraduates for summer research projects

The Genetics Society

Association for Clinical Genetic Science - useful for its directory of regional genetics centres.

Association for Clinical Genetic Science

Physiological scientist

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.

Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology

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.

British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)

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.

The Physiologist Society

Vacancy sources

NB vacancies may also be listed in many of the sites above.