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Hospitals are a major employer of scientists across the UK, as their skills and knowledge of science, engineering and technology can be applied to numerous areas of medicine and to the provision of healthcare. Scientists from a variety of academic backgrounds work in hospitals, alongside doctors, nurses and other support staff, to help diagnose and treat conditions and research and develop new treatments and ways of caring for the public.
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is not only the largest employer in the healthcare industry; it is also the largest employer in Britain and in Europe, with over 1.3million members of staff and over 300 distinct job roles, many of which are filled by scientists (NHS Jobs).
Scientists can work in any of the following areas of healthcare:
Within in the NHS, there are opportunities to work full-time, part-time or under job sharing schemes. The NHS also runs a number of training schemes for entrants into the healthcare profession, in order to bridge the gap between classroom learning and on the job training.
With an increasing number of roles in healthcare and clinical research opening up in hospital based laboratories, healthcare science can be an extremely rewarding, challenging and lucrative profession for those with an interest in sciences and a desire to help people.