A fast developing area

If you are passionate about technology or science, and about helping others, a career in health care science offers a wide range of opportunities. 

Health care science staff play a vital role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a huge number of medical conditions, as well as in rehabilitation. Rapid advances in science and technology mean this is now one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding areas of the health system. Whatever your academic background, if you have an interest in science, you can find a BCUHB role that’s right for you. 

It's not all about microscopes...

There are scientists who use a variety of highly specialised equipment to analyse body tissue, blood and other bodily fluids. However, many health care scientists, such as those in the physiological sciences and some in physical sciences and clinical engineering, will have a lot of direct patient contact and work in clinics or on wards.

The four areas of health care science

The work of health care science staff is grouped into four main areas, based on the type of science involved in their work:

  • clinical bioinformatics 
  • life sciences
  • physical sciences
  • clinical engineering
  • physiological sciences

We have a wide range of health care scientists working for BCUHB us in areas from histocompatibility and immunogenetics to MRI and critical care science.  

Audiology

Here in North Wales BCUHB health board covers the 3 main hospitals across North Wales (Wrexham Maelor, Glan Clwyd and Bangor). This provides lots of opportunities for working with staff and trainees from the audiology service across all 3 hospitals. I feel that this allows us to cover a wide range of services that might not be available elsewhere and consequently the opportunity to develop specialist skills.  Every day is different working as a trainee in Audiology.  You will see patients of all ages assessing their hearing and balance, fitting and repairing hearing aids. 

Being in a training role you are regularly supervised and receive great support in working towards your qualification. All of the audiology teams are really friendly and everyone is willing to help each other out when needed.

You will also have the opportunity to attend and present at national conferences.

Working in audiology the technology is always changing, so the whole team is continuously learning and developing in order to keep up to date with the latest available equipment.

Abigail says ‘The best part of the job is knowing that you are making a real difference to someone’s life. A patient may simply walk in with a faulty hearing aid which can leave them quite isolated. Being able to fix this is very rewarding and you are able to see patients communicate more easily with their loved ones and know that this will make a real difference in their everyday life’. 

Clinical Rehabilitation Engineering

In this area of healthcare science, you’ll be involved in designing artificial body parts, measuring walking characteristics to improve the function of artificial limbs, and surgical corrections of deformities. Healthcare science staff working in rehabilitation engineering are part of the rehabilitation team. You will play a key role in the assessment of the individual needs of people with a disability and in the prescription of assistive technology to meet those needs. Ongoing training and development is crucial for us as a team and we  have recruited new scientific and technical staff who have acquired nationally recognised qualifications whilst working in the department.  This has enabled us to keep up with increasing demands on the service and explore new technologies and ways of working.

Chris, Head Of Service - "My Clinical activity involves seeing clients in the department or anywhere in the northern half of Wales and designing engineering solutions to meet their needs. Truly love this work and no day is the same!"

Biomedical Scientist

A Biomedical Scientist in haematology processes blood samples on high-tech analysers. Anaemia, leukaemia, malaria and other disorders can be diagnosed via a blood sample. 70% of clinical decisions are based on laboratory results.  

We support staff to develop their career into either management of senior BioMedical scientist

Leanne, Biomedical scientist – "Even though I am a Biomedical Scientist, my role now as a senior is more managerial than laboratory based. I manage a team of biomedical scientists and try and offer a supportive role. I manage training, rotas, standard operating procedures and competency assessments. I help resolve any issues that occur on a day to day basis. Although my role has now changed, I still really enjoy my job and now have more opportunities to look at improvements through benchmarking and research into new ways of working.”

Take a look at our latest vacancies here 

For any questions you may have about our profession please email BCUHB.healthsciences@wales.nhs.uk 

 

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