Scientific Information - If you like science but don't want to be in a laboratory everyday a career using scientific information could be for you. Career areas are varied - science writing or publishing, patents and scientific sales. Science writing includes science journalism, science publishing and medical writing. Commonly, science writers will have a PhD, particularly for medical writing, however entry is possible with a degree combined with writing exprience. A postgraduate qualification in science communication, journalism or publishing can also be useful.
Scientific Services - Limited roles are available in local councils, higher and further education and consultancy firms. Work in Scientific services involves applying practical, problem solving, analytical and teamwork skills in challenging commercial or public sector environments. Some roles are essentially scientific consultancy. Your client might be pharmaceutical company, police force or hospital clinician. You need to be able to operate effectively in a multidisciplinary environment, have good communication skills and ability to work to deadlines.
Healthcare Sciences - Most healthcare scientists in the UK work in the NHS. The scheme for recruitment into graduate level healthcare scientist training posts in England is the Scientist Training Programme (STP) which is part of the Modernising Scientific Careers Programme. Health care scientists in England work across a range of specialisms to deliver science - based diagnoses and treatments in virtually all healthcare settings. Training posts for the STP are usually advertised in January for a short two week period although sometimes earlier (Autumn) and will be available on the NHS jobs website.
Graduates and postgraduates can apply for a 3 year fixed term integrated training programme of work place learning and a Masters degree in their chosen specialism. Trainees are employed by a single NHS Trust. They undertake a range of rotations and further training in their specialist field. After this period successful trainees will be in a position to apply for NHS posts as Healthcare Scientists. Further details of the scheme and lists of posts can be found on the NHS Careers website.
Biomedical scientists - currently graduates can enter directly into the NHS as a trainee or Biomedical Scientist ( if IBMS accredited) or enter via the STP. The Biomedical Science degree programme at Sheffield Hallam University is accredited by the IBMS. If an appropriate placement is secured during the degree programme after L5 for a year it will allow for a building of a portfolio and if completed registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates not able to secure this can still apply for trainee posts or enter at technician level and look for internal promotion.