Biomedical scientists (M/F)
Select Pro’s is hiring Biomedical Scientists (M / F), motivated and committed to Hospital in the UK. Take this opportunity to gain international experience and improve your career prospects. Apply today!
Biomedical scientists usually specialise in one of three areas: infection sciences; blood sciences; or cellular sciences.
Infection sciences include:
- clinical microbiology – identification of micro-organisms causing disease and their antibiotic treatment;
- virology – identification of viruses, associated diseases and monitoring the effectiveness of vaccines;
- immunology – understanding the immune system and its role in combating disease.
Blood sciences include:
- clinical chemistry – analysis of body fluids and toxicology studies;
- transfusion science – determination of donor/recipient blood compatibility, ensuring blood banks are sufficient;
- haematology – form and functions of blood and related diseases.
Cellular sciences include:
- histopathology – microscopic examination of diseased tissue samples;
- cytology – best known for cervical smear screening, but also covers other cellular analysis;
- reproductive sciences – analysis of samples to detect fertility issues.
As biomedical scientist you’ll need to:
- perform routine and specialist analytical testing on a range of biological samples;
- give test results to medical staff, who use the information to diagnose and treat the patient’s illness;
- process patient samples in good time and make sure that turnaround times for reporting results are achieved;
- priortise your workload and perform urgent analytical testing as required;
- identify abnormal or unexpected results and report back and follow up with requesting clinicians;
- maintain and run specialist lab equipment;
- maintain and order stocks of materials;
- answer telephone enquiries about test results and other general lab issues;
- accurately record data, write reports and share results;
- develop new methods of investigation and keep up to date with diagnostic innovations;
- support the lab’s quality management system and observe all relevant health and safety regulations;
- supervise, mentor and support trainee biomedical scientists and other support staff;
- keep your professional knowledge up to date and take responsibility for your continuing professional development (CPD).
- Starting salaries in the NHS range from £21,692 to £28,180 (Band 5).
- With experience and/or specialist knowledge, you can earn a salary of £26,041 to £34,876 (Band 6).
- As a senior biomedical scientist, you can expect to earn £31,072 to £47,559 (Band 7/8a). Salaries for consultant biomedical scientists who have reached the top of their profession are higher.
If working for the NHS, you will generally do a standard 37.5 hours per week. A flexible approach to work is essential to cover weekend and bank holiday working. Shift work covering out-of-ours work may be required in some posts.
Some opportunities exist for part-time work or job sharing. Self-employment is unlikely as it is rarely possible to set up an independent laboratory.
What to expect
- Although work is mostly laboratory based, you may have some patient contact. As a biomedical scientist, you must not offer clinical advice and in some cases, there is a strict ‘no contact with the public’ policy. However, in some roles there may be near-patient testing, e.g. ‘bedside’.
- The profession is governed by a strict code of ethics, which includes patient confidentiality.
- You’ll work as part of a team that includes healthcare science staff, doctors and nurses.
- Vacancies are available across the UK in hospitals and private sector laboratories.
- Although you won’t usually need to travel during the working day or spend time away from home, travel between sites may be necessary.
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