People working in healthcare science help diagnose, treat and prevent medical conditions.
Read more about the main branches of healthcare science below:
Clinical Bioinformatics are categorised into three areas: genomics, health informatics and physical sciences.
Physiological Scientists test bodily functions, diagnose conditions and suggest treatment. They use specialist equipment and advanced technology to help them with their work.
This kind of role usually involve direct interaction service users. This will be within hospital clinics, in the community, in schools or in peoples’ homes.
- Vascular or cardiac science
- vision science
- gastrointestinal physiology
- sleep science
- respiratory physiology and much more.
Life Science is an important part of diagnosing and treating disease. This area of healthcare can be split into the three sections below:
Genetics – understanding illnesses from a genetic perspective
Pathology – testing blood and tissue samples to determine the cause of illnesses
Reproductive Science – providing solutions to infertility (e.g. helping couples with IVF)
Roles in life sciences may be in a hospital laboratory or community clinic.
Physical Sciences and Clinical Engineering
This area of healthcare science looks at processes in the body to diagnose and treat diseases.
These roles make sure specialist medical equipment is functioning and safe.
The majority of work is in hospitals, but some work with people in their own homes.
What are the Entry Requirements?
There are many routes into healthcare science. Entry requirements varying based on role and speciality.
Apprenticeships are available for healthcare science assistants and associates. You will need GCSEs at grade 5/C or above in English and Maths, or a functional skills qualification.
The Undergraduate Practitioner Training Programme is available as a full-time degree or level 6 apprenticeship. You will need 2-3 A-levels including science subjects as well as grade 5/C GCSEs in English and Maths.
The NHS Scientist Training Programme is for graduates with a of a 2:1 or above in science or engineering.
The Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme is available for registered and experienced clinical scientists.
Whatever your academic background, if you have an interest in science, you can find a role that’s right for you.
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What Qualities Do I Need to Work in Healthcare Sciences?
Some roles need computer literacy for data analysis and using specific software
Working with different teams in healthcare science to find solutions
Being inquisitive about finding new solutions and supporting care is key
Having good understanding of the fundamentals of science