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Audiology scientists / Audiologists develop and apply techniques and equipment for detecting and compensating for hearing loss. 

Cardiographers / Cardiologists operate electrocardiograph and other machines which monitor the functioning of the patient’s heart, and fit appropriate equipment. 

Cervical cytology screeners examine cells for abnormalities that may indicate the possibility of cervical cancer. 

Clinical biochemists work in hospital laboratories, analysing body tissues to help diagnose disease, and giving advice on planning and monitoring its treatment. 

Clinical Chemists analyse body fluids to investigate their biological composition or concentration. 

Clinical cytogeneticists and molecular geneticists help doctors diagnose genetic diseases so that they can advise and treat patients who might carry genetic disorders. 

Clinical engineers and bioengineers design and develop instruments for monitoring patients, diagnosing and treating diseases, and compensating for disabilities. 

Clinical immunologists research and investigate the operation and disorders of the immune system. 

Clinical instrumentation officers carry out quality assurance checks on elecrto-medical equipment used in hospitals. 

Clinical microbiologists use techniques, like electrophoresis, electron microscopy, molecular techniques and microorganism culture, to identify and study bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infections, and possible food contaminants. 

Clinical perfusionists operate machines that take over the functions of the heart and lungs during surgery or intensiuve care. 

Clinical scientists in histocompatibility and immunogenetics advise doctors on the compatibility of organs and bone marrow to be transplanted from a donor into a patient. 

Cytopathologists study cells to detect abnormalities that indicate diseases like cancer. 

Gastroenterologists measure pressure and acidity in the patient’s alimentary canal. 

Haematologists analyse blood samples to investigate the cell composition of blood. 

Histopathologists prepare and examine body tissues to diagnose the cause of illness or death in the patient. 

Medical laboratory assistants carry out practical tasks to support biomedical scientists, and doctors and nurses in hospitals. 

Medical physicists apply physical science, including x and  radiation, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging, to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. 

Microbiologists investigate sources and conditions for growth of microorganisms, like algae, bacteria, fungi and viruses. 

Neurophysiology technicians set up and operate electronic equipment to record the electrical activity of the brain and nervous system. 

Nuclear medicine officers use radioactive drugs and cameras to diagnose disease. 

Phlebotomists take blood from patients for laboratory examination. 

Radiotherapy treatment planners help to calculate and deliver accurately prescribed radiation doses to the correct location in the patient’s body. 

Renal dialysis officers check that dialysis machines are working properly. 

Respiratory physiology technicians measure the functioning of a patient’s lungs and breathing system. 

Transfusion scientists prepare blood and blood products for transfusion into patients.   


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NHS Careers  

Tel: 0845 60 60 655     Website: www.nhscareers.nhs.uk (NHS England careers website)

General information on Northern Ireland based careers can be found on www.careersserviceni.com - Choose explore careers

Courses in relevant to medical science and technology are available at a number of higher education institutions.  Please see the UCAS site www.ucas.ac.uk for more information - Choose students then courses.


Other Useful Websites:

Institute of Biomedical Sciencewww.ibms.org - Choose education and training then careers British Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine  www.ipem.org.uk - Choose career & then careers in healthcare
Local Government Careerswww.lgcareers.com  - Key in medical to career description search
Royal Statistical Societywww.rss.org.uk - Choose careers then medical statistician
Society for Immunologywww.immunology.org - Choose careers
Society of Radiographerswww.sor.org - Choose careers information