Healthcare Science

Healthcare Science

There are over 350 roles in Healthcare alone,
so when considering all roles in Social Care as well,
you will be sure to find the best role for you.

Healthcare science staff play a vital role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a large range of medical conditions. They also help people live independent lives through rehabilitation. In the NHS, healthcare science staff contribute to 80% of decisions about patient treatment. There are four areas of healthcare science: 

  • Clinical Bioinformatics
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Clinical Engineering 
  • Physiological Sciences 

If you have an interest in technology or science, and are passionate about helping others, a career in healthcare science could be for you.  

Types of roles available:

+Clinical Bioinformatics

Clinical bioinformatics is an area of healthcare science responsible for developing and improving methods for acquiring, storing, organising and analysing biological data that supports the delivery of patient care. Staff working in clinical bioinformatics use areas of computer science, including software tools that generate useful biological knowledge.  

Informatics in healthcare science is broken down into three fields: genomics, health informatics and physical sciences. 

The roles available depend on the field you would like to work in. For example, in genomics you could be supporting the 100,000 Genomes Project, connecting computing, biology and medicine; in health informatics, you could be ensuring that informatics data is used efficiently and to the required standards; or in physical sciences, you could be designing the equipment and software that does the processing of data.  

Typical entry requirements:

Each role in clinical bioinformatics has its own set of entry requirements. To find out more about the role you are interested in visit the Health Careers website by clicking here. 

+Life Sciences

Staff in life sciences play a crucial role in helping to improve our understanding of illnesses and their diagnosis. They can also be responsible for developing new treatments for common medical problems, such as infertility or allergies.  

Life sciences is divided into four areas, each with its own particular focus: blood sciences, cellular sciences, genomic sciences, and infection sciences.  

Most healthcare science staff who work in life sciences are primarily based in hospital laboratories, but can also work on hospital wards or in the community. They often work in a clinical pathology laboratory analysing different samples from patients and give doctors the information they need to make an accurate diagnosis.  

Typical entry requirements:

Each role in life sciences has its own set of entry requirements. To find out more about the role you are interested in visit the Health Careers website by clicking here  

+Physical Sciences and Biomedical/Clinical Engineering

In this area, healthcare science staff develop ways of measuring what is happening in the body, devise new ways of diagnosing and treating disease, and make sure that equipment is functioning safely and effectively. Most healthcare science staff working in this area are based in hospitals and specialist departments.   

Physical Sciences and Biomedical/Clinical Engineering is divided into: 

  • Medical physics with four areas: radiotherapy physics, radiation safety physics, imaging with ionising radiation, and imaging with non-ionising radiation. 
  • Clinical pharmaceutical sciences 
  • Reconstructive sciences 
  • Clinical engineering with three areas: rehabilitation engineering, medical device risk management and governance, and clinical measurement and development. 

Each role in physical sciences and biomedical/clinical engineering has its own set of entry requirements. To find out more about the role you are interested in visit the Health Careers website by clicking here.

+Physiological Sciences

Staff who work in this area are part of a medical or surgical team. Their work involves direct interaction with patients and they use the latest techniques and equipment to identify any abnormalities and help to restore body functions, such as problems with the heart and lungs, hearing, vision or nervous system. They can also help provide long-term care for patients, helping to improve their quality of life. Most healthcare science staff in this area are based in hospitals. However, there are increasing opportunities to work in the community at a health centre, visiting people in their homes or at school.

Typical entry requirements:

Each role in physiological sciences has its own set of entry requirements. To find out more about the role you are interested in visit the Health Careers website by clicking here 

 

 

Where you could work in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough:

+Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT)

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+Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS)

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+Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH)

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+North West Anglia Foundation Trust (NWAFT)

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+Royal Papworth Hospital (RPH)

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