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Clinical biochemistry

Pathology (the study of disease) includes a number of specialisms, including clinical biochemistry, in which you could help diagnose and manage disease.

Training and qualifications required

For the NHS Scientist Training Programme you’ll need a 1st or 2.1 either in an undergraduate honours degree or an integrated master’s degree in a pure or applied science subject relevant to biochemistry. 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 biochemistry. Evidence of research experience is desirable. You'll need to be a registered clinical scientist to apply for Higher Specialist Scientist Training

Expected working hours and salary range

Staff in the NHS 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. This pay system covers all staff except doctors, dentists and the most senior managers. In clinical biochemistry, your salary will typically be between AfC bands 6 and 9, depending on your 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 values

An interest in science and technology, good communication skills, comfortable using modern technology and complex equipment, meticulous attention to detail, good interpersonal skills and able to work as part of a team.

Prospects

With further training, 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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