Updated: Jun 22
Is a multifactorial specialism which is made up of a number of different disciplines which are health care related. Haematology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology, this is not an extensive list however, they are the more popular ones.
What is a biomedical scientist? Is a scientist who works in a lab and analysis’s patient samples for doctors; this could be from competing full blood counts or fixing a tissue sample for histological analysis. They are an essential part of a patient healthcare journey as roughly 80% of cases rely on tests to come to a diagnosis. However, biomedical science is not a well known profession which results in lots of questions from family and friends. This is the catalyst for us creating this website!
Studying biomedical science does not mean you must become a biomedical scientist, there are plenty of other jobs which can be attained. For example, for a patient facing role you could complete a Msc in physicians associate. Many students go to further study to complete more specialised Msc’s or even PHD’s.
Please note to become a fully fledged biomedical scientist for the NHS you must be on an accredited course and complete a sandwich year placement (which is normally unpaid) completing an NHS portfolio. Once you have completed these two things you will be able to apply for band 5 NHS biomedical scientist positions (£25,655-£31,534) in the UK.
If you do not complete the NHS portfolio you will have to start at band 3 (£20,330-£21,777) and then complete it during work. However, these opportunities are rare and hard to come by making them extremely competitive. However, you do not have to work for the NHS, there are plenty of opportunities in private practice. These opportunities become apparent after a quick linkedin job search.