Healthcare science encompasses 50+ disciplines across five divisions and healthcare scientists are involved in 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS, developing some of the most innovative clinical and technological advancements.
Although the healthcare science workforce only accounts for 5% of the healthcare workforce in the UK, they are involved through the entire care pathway from test to treatment and rehabilitation.
Laboratory scientists test samples collected from patients to ensure they get the best possible care. Whether that’s urgent blood cross-matching, testing for dangerous viruses (such as COVID-19) or diagnosing cancer – healthcare scientists are an integral part of the healthcare team.
Healthcare scientists who work in physiological sciences use specialist equipment, advanced technologies and a range of different procedures to evaluate the functioning of different body systems such as the heart and lungs, hearing, vision or nervous system, and diagnose abnormalities. The work involves direct interaction with patients in a range of areas.
From developing methods of measuring what is happening in the body, devising new ways of diagnosing and treating disease, to developing techniques to design artificial limbs and body parts, or improve facial reconstruction for those involved in accidents or born with disabilities. Clinical engineering and medical physics ensure the myriad of clinical equipment, medical gases and everything in-between is purchased, calibrated, maintained and is functioning safely and effectively.
An interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding large and complex biological data sets. Combines biology, computer science, information engineering, mathematics and statistics to analyse and interpret data. Areas of computer science are used including software tools that generate useful biological knowledge by manipulating ‘big data’.
These roles focus on the generation, collection and analysis of images including things that the eye cannot detect. Diagnostic radiographers generally use x-rays, alongside other imaging modalities, to see inside a patient's body and help diagnose what is wrong with them. Therapeutic radiographers use a range of technical equipment to deliver accurate doses of radiation to tumours to destroy diseased tissue, while minimising the amount of radiation to surrounding healthy tissue.