What is a Healthcare Scientist

A healthcare scientist uses their expertise to help save lives and improve patient care.  

There are four main areas that you could work in and they are life sciences, physiological sciences, physical sciences and clinical engineering, and clinical bioinformatics. 

Roles in the life sciences can be divided into three areas:

  • Pathology – investigating the causes of illness and how it progresses; carrying out tests on tissue, blood and other samples from patients. Pathology plays a crucial role in helping doctors choose the best type of treatment for patients, and monitoring its effectiveness
  • Genetics – understanding the genetic components of illnesses.
  • Reproductive science – a rapidly developing field, creating life and providing other solutions to infertility. Life sciences roles are often laboratory based.  

As a healthcare science staff working in this area you develop new techniques and technology to measure what is happening in the body and to diagnose and treat disease, as well as checking, maintaining and ensuring the safe usage of existing equipment. 

In this role you may have direct interactions with patients. Healthcare science staff use the latest techniques and equipment to identify abnormalities and restore body functions. They would also be providing long-term care for patients, helping to improve their quality of life. 

Software tools are used to generate useful biological knowledge by analysing large data sets, in this role you will be responsible for developing and improving methods for the acquisition, storage and analysis of biological data to support patient care.