Histocompatibility and immunogenetics involves carrying out tests to support stem cell and organ transplantation.
Training and qualifications requiredThere are two entry points into histocompatibility and immunogenetics (1) through the NHS Scientist Training Programme for which you’ll need a 1st or 2.1 either in an undergraduate honours degree or an integrated master’s degree in a relevant pure or applied science. If you have a relevant 2.2 honours degree, you’ll also be considered if you have a higher degree in a subject relevant to the specialism for which you are applying. Evidence of research experience is desirable or (2) after gaining considerable relevant experience as a clinical scientist through Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) or postgraduate qualifications or both.
Expected working hours and salary rangeNHS staff will usually work a standard 37.5 hours per week. They may work a shift pattern. Most jobs in the NHS are covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay scales. If you work in histocompatibility and immunogenetics, your salary will typically be between AfC bands 6 and 9, depending on the role and level of responsibility. Trainee clinical scientists train at band 6 level, and qualified clinical scientists are generally appointed at band 7. With experience and further qualifications, including Higher Specialist Scientist Training, you could apply for posts up to band 9. Terms and conditions of service can vary for employers outside the NHS.
Desirable skills and valuesAn interest in science and technology, good communication skills, comfortable using modern technology and complex equipment, attention to detail and able to work as part of a team.
ProspectsWith further training or experience or both, you may be able to develop your career further and apply for vacancies in areas such as further specialisation, management, research, or teaching.
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