You will be encouraged to develop your career in NHSScotland and you will be given the training you need for the job including:
- All Standard Operating Procedures
- Quality Management Policies
- External Quality Assessment and Internal Quality Control
- Laboratory and Hospital Health and Safety
- Risk Management
In addition, you'll also be required to adhere to local policies and current data protection legislation, such as GDPR.
In NHSScotland, Healthcare Science Support Workers start on band 3 of the NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) pay system.
During your career, you may have the opportunity to study for additional qualifications, in order to:
- keep your knowledge and skills up to date
- become skilled in advanced technologies and learn how to use new equipment
- progress to more senior or specialist roles in Healthcare Science
Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) Certificate of Achievement
The IBMS Certificate of Achievement allows healthcare science support staff working in laboratory services to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and evidence of laboratory training.
The certificate comes in two parts. Part 1 is open to members and non-members of the IBMS and no previous experience is necessary. In Scotland, candidates for part 2 must be an Associate of the IBMS, have an SCQF Level 6 qualification in biological science and be registered as a Science Technician with the Science Council.
Once you have completed the Certificate of Achievement, you will be able to apply to the IBMS for registration as a Registered Scientist (RSci).
Gaining qualifications will help your career prospects, leading to more senior roles, such as a Healthcare Science Assistant Practitioner or a Biomedical Scientist. They could also provide the opportunity for you to specialise in areas of biomedicine, such as blood sciences, cellular sciences, and infection sciences.