Medipathways offer a unique 2 year degree in Biomedical Science; it’s hard work but it offers a highly regarded qualification in less time than at other universities.
Biomedical scientists are very important in UK hospitals; they are relied on by operating theatres and A&E departments, as well as used to help treat patients across wards. You would usually specialise in one of these areas; infection sciences, blood sciences or cellular sciences. Work includes testing for emergency blood transfusions and testing samples from patients for a range of medical conditions, as well as screening for diseases and monitoring the effects of medication.
The work of a biomedical scientist is practical, analytical and varied, you’ll be working with computers and hi-tech equipment every day, and would have to be able to use a wide range of complex modern techniques. Necessary skills include accuracy and efficiency of work, communication and the ability to work in a team. Confidence with computers and technology is a must.
In the UK, biomedical scientists are the second largest profession within the professional healthcare industry. Doctor’s decisions are often based around test results which have been generated by biomedical scientists.
With infection sciences, rapid diagnosis is essential in order to prevent the spread of any disease. Appropriate use of antibiotics and knowing which treatment is most efficient is key here. You can further specialise in medical microbiology, where you will detect diseases caused by bacteria and susceptibility to antibiotic therapy. Alternatively, you could specialise in virology; the study of viruses such as herpes, HIV and hepatitis.
In cellular science, you could be working in histopathology and study tissue samples collected from operations, biopsies and autopsies. Detecting cancer in tissue samples is one of the major parts of this specialism, and it lies at the heart of the job. Similarly, the specialism of cytology analyses tissue and fluid samples. Finally, you could decide to work in reproductive science and analyse samples to detect infertility and the causes of it.
The largest area of specialism is blood sciences. These all work together to give a diagnosis and a treatment. Clinical chemistry involves carrying out tests on kidney, liver and thyroids to find out if everything is in good working order. Transfusion science is what is most commonly used in operating theatres, as this involves ensuring that blood groups of donors and patients are compatible, and that the correct blood transfusions are made. Haematology is the study of blood to identify abnormalities within it, and can help to identify conditions such as sickle cell anaemia and malaria. Finally immunology studies the body’s immune system and its role. Allergies, tumors and even transplants are highly monitored by immunologists, and has been an essential part in the monitoring and treatment of AIDS.
Alternatively, you could complete a biomedical sciences degree and apply to medical school afterwards; it will give you fantastic background knowledge of medicine and will make your application stand out. Biomedical scientists are a necessary part of health care, and it’s not a career to ignore if you want to help people but remain in a very scientific field. Our courses will help you achieve your career goals.