Clinical Scientists working in the physical sciences are registered at postgraduate-level and play an important role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of diseases, illness and medical conditions.
Many Clinical Scientists work in medical physics and clinical engineering departments.
In medical physics, they may be responsible for radiation safety, the planning and performance of cancer treatments using radiation, other types of imaging such as with ultrasound, nuclear medicine systems or magnetic resonance imaging machines.
In clinical engineering, they may be involved in patient-connected medical device services, designing mechanical and electronic equipment for patients, or for use by other members of the clinical team.
Many perform complex data analysis, write code and use software to analyse tests and results. They work as part of a wider team that includes clinical technologists, and in some departments colleagues from the allied health professions when working directly with patients. Clinical scientists have a fundamental role in innovation and research.