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You’ll be helping to inform the best treatment for a patient based on their unique genetic make-up.
Training and qualifications required
For the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) 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 the specialism for which you are applying. If you have a relevant 2.2 honours degree, you will 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 considered desirable. If you're a registered and experiences clinical scientist, you may be able to apply for Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST).
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. 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
Good verbal and written communication skills, an aptitude for science, an interest in physiology and medicine, confidence with technology and systems/processes, effective people skills, a willingness to take on a high level of responsibility and the ability to work in a team.
With further training and/or experience, 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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