Biomedical scientists test samples from patients to support doctors and healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
As a biomedical scientist, you would normally work in a laboratory. You would use computers and hi-tech lab equipment to test and analyse biological samples. You would specialise in one of three areas:
- blood sciences
- infection sciences
- cellular sciences.
- analysing blood for disease and monitoring organ function
- supporting the blood transfusion and transplant service through blood grouping and matching
- using specialist procedures such as cell culture to detect cancer
- testing for diseases such as Legionnaires’ disease and food poisoning
- screening and testing for infectious diseases such as rubella or hepatitis
- routine testing of fluid and tissue samples such as cervical smear tests
- screening for blood abnormalities and diseases – testing for anaemia and leukaemia
- processing and analysing tissue samples from operations and autopsies
- updating paperwork or computerised systems with data and test results.
As a biomedical scientist you will need to have an enquiring mind and be good at solving problems. You will need to be able to concentrate for long periods of time and have good attention to detail.
You would also be involved in carrying out new research, and would often support junior staff and technicians.