Roles within Life Sciences include
- Biomedical Scientist
- Clinical Scientist
- Healthcare Science Support Worker
Biomedical scientists help doctors and other healthcare professionals to diagnose, monitor and manage disease through the analysis of tissue samples body fluids. They investigate a range of medical conditions, including cancer, diabetes, meningitis, hepatitis and AIDS.
In NHSScotland, biomedical scientists normally work in laboratories, using computers and hi-tech automated lab equipment to test and analyse biological samples, including blood and urine. They work as part of a team, including other healthcare science staff, doctors and nurses.
Clinical scientists use their knowledge of science to help prevent, diagnose and treat illness. They research and develop the techniques and equipment used by medical staff.
As a clinical scientist, you would
- research, develop and test new methods of diagnosis and treatment
- give doctors advice on medical equipment
- interpret test results and suggest methods of treatment
You could choose to focus on a job in life sciences, physiological sciences or medical physics.
As a clinical support worker in healthcare science, you’ll have a range of duties including
- assisting in analysing tissue and fluid samples
- mixing chemical solutions
- using computers to input and analyse data
- sterilising equipment
- maintaining stock levels
- labelling, sorting and storing specimens
You would work closely with scientists and others in the healthcare science team.