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Professional Opportunities for Health Care Scientists In the British National Health Service (NHS) Clinical Scientists There are about 4,000 Clinical Scientists working for the NHS in England of which most are specialists in one area… For example Clinical Biochemist Clinical Cytogeneticist

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Professional Opportunities for Health Care Scientists

In the British National Health Service (NHS)


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Clinical Scientists

  • There are about 4,000 Clinical Scientists working for the NHS in England of which most are specialists in one area…


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For example

  • Clinical Biochemist

  • Clinical Cytogeneticist

  • Clinical Embryologist

  • Clinical Engineer

  • Clinical Haemotologist

  • Clinical Immunologist

  • Clinical Microbiologist

  • Clinical Scientist in Hameostasis & Thrombosis

  • Clinical Scientist in Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics

  • Clinical Scientist in Medical Physics

  • Molecular Geneticist

  • Audiological Scientist


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Entry Requirements

  • A first (1) or upper second (2:1) class honours in:

    • Life Sciences (Biology, Microbiology, genetics or Biochemistry)

    • Physics

    • Engineering

    • Biomedical Science, Medical Physics, Medical Electronics or Biotechnology may also be considered


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Training Programmes

  • Graduates with a relevant degree pursue a trainee period at Grade A and continue to study and train for qualifications in their chosen specialities.

  • It is a formal programme with rotation between teaching and district general hospitals.

  • This can take up to 3 years


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Salary scales for Clinical Scientists

  • Grade A – the main training grade

    • Salary from 16,828 - 21,287 pounds

  • Grade B – the main professional grade and largest employment group

    • Salary 22,143 to 41,470 pounds

  • Grade C – the top grade for staff

    • Salary from 39,874 to 66,396 pounds


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Clinical Biochemists

  • Clinical biochemists produce and interpret the results of chemical and biochemical analyses performed on blood and other body fluids to help in the diagnosis and management of disease.


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What does a clinical biochemist do?

  • Planning and organising work in clinical chemistry laboratories

  • Carrying out complex analyses on specimens of body fluids and tissues

  • Auditing the use and diagnosis performance of tests

  • Developing new and existing tests

  • Liaising with clinical and technical staff. Some patient contact. Writing reports.

  • Submitting funding bids and conducting research with clinicians


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Becoming a Clinical Biochemist

  • Degree in Biochemistry or Chemistry

  • Trainee Clinical Biochemist posts advertised nationally (usually in January and February)

  • Advertised in Nature, New Scientist, the national press or the News Sheet of the Association of Clinical Biochemists

  • These posts are the 3 year approved A Grade Training programme

  • Many entrants to the training programme already have obtained a PhD


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Next Steps


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