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Healthcare Science

Healthcare Scientists provide an extremely important contribution to the diagnosis of diseases and monitoring the treatment of patients, delivering almost a billion diagnostic tests every year; ensuring for example that over 1.5 million fractions of radiotherapy are delivered safely each year.

They intervene throughout entire care pathways from diagnostic tests to therapeutic treatments and rehabilitation.

Did you know that their work contributes up to 80% of all clinical decisions made?

Within Healthcare Science, there are four main divisions:


Life sciences

Life sciences are divided into 4 themes or work areas:

  • Blood sciences – haematology / immunology / clinical biochemistry
  • Infection sciences – microbiology / virology
  • Cellular sciences – reproductive medicine / histopathology / cytopathology
  • Genetics.

Physical sciences

Themes and work areas in physical sciences include:

  • Radiotherapy physics
  • Imaging with ionising radiation
  • Imaging with non- ionising radiation
  • Radiation safety physics
  • Clinical pharmaceutical science
  • Clinical measurement and development
  • Rehabilitation engineering

Physiological sciences

Themes and work areas in Physiological Sciences include:

  • Audiology
  • Ophthalmic and vision science
  • Neurophysiology
  • Gastrointestinal physiology
  • Urodynamics
  • Critical care science
  • Cardiac science
  • Vascular science
  • Respiratory and sleep physiology

Clinical bioinformatics

Clinical bioinformatics is a cross-divisional field. This is an increasingly important emerging division within healthcare science, due to the NHS Genomics and Personalised Medicine agendas.

There are currently three specialisms within clinical bioinformatics:

  • Genomics
  • Health informatics science
  • Clinical bioinformatics for the physical sciences


More Information

For more information on Healthcare Science careers and education and training, please visit the National School of Healthcare Science website and The Academy of Healthcare Science website and for an explanation of the Modernising Scientific Careers Programme, a link to the Modernising Scientific Careers programme page is available at the bottom of this page.

We also have The Scientist Training Programme (STP) posts available nationally, as well as Higher Specialist Scientific Training posts (HSST) available for 2016.

If you require any further information, please contact

Nicola Calder

HealthCare Science Project Manager


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