As a Biomedical Scientist, you could carry out tests for diseases such as Legionnaires disease, HIV and hepatitis. You could also process and analyse tissue samples from operations and post mortems to help diagnose cancer or other pathology.
You would specialise in one of three areas:
- infection sciences - you’ll study the culture and identification of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that cause infection and disease, including infectious diseases
- blood sciences – you’ll work in a hospital pathology laboratory and carry out tests on blood to diagnose illness, or match blood from donors, so it can be given to patients who require a blood transfusion
- cellular sciences – you’ll analyse tissue cells to look for and identify abnormalities to make a diagnosis
Depending on your chosen specialist area, your work activities could include:
- analysing blood samples for disease or abnormalities
- monitoring organ function
- using specialist procedures, such as cell culture for cancer screening
- producing reports and updating or computer systems with data and test results
- providing test results to clinicians, so they can diagnose and treat patients
- monitoring the effectiveness of treatment programmes and medicines
- adhering to quality control procedures to ensure accurate results
You may also be involved in carrying out new research, or providing support to other healthcare science staff.