The healthcare science team plays a vital role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a huge number of medical conditions, as well as in rehabilitation.
There are a variety of different jobs within the healthcare science sector of the NHS and staff will work in four broad areas:
Life sciences – these play a crucial role in helping to improve understanding of illnesses and their treatment. The majority of your time will be spent in hospital laboratories but you might also work on hospital wards or in the community.
Physiological sciences – working with patients directly and identify problems with the way that the body works. Most scientists in this area work in hospitals, where you could be based in clinics, departments or operating theatres. However, you could work in a community setting, such as at a health centre or visiting patients in their own homes or at school. You’ll work with patients of all ages, from newborn babies to the elderly.
Clinical engineering and medical physics – working with other NHS clinical teams to ensure their equipment, such as renal dialysis machines, is working safely and effectively and developing new techniques and technology to measure what is happening in the body and to diagnose and treat disease.
Bioinformatics – responsible for developing and improving methods for acquiring, storing, organising and analysing biological data that supports the delivery of patient care.