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Clinical perfusion science

Perfusion is the term used to describe the passage of fluid through tissue.

Training and qualifications required

You’ll need a BSc degree at 2:1 or better in a science subject (usually biological science or a clinical science) to secure a post as a trainee clinical perfusion scientist with an NHS Trust.

Expected working hours and salary range

NHS 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. A clinical perfusion scientist would typically start on AfC band 7. There are opportunities to progress to much more senior pay bands. Terms and conditions of service can vary for employers outside the NHS.

Desirable skills and values

An interest in science and technology; an ability to stay calm under pressure is essential (open-heart surgery can be lengthy and intricate); extremely comfortable using modern technology and complex equipment; good communication skills; able to work as part of a team.

Prospects

With 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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