Salary scales are based on the Agenda for Change pay scale. Biomedical scientists start at Band 5: £21,176 - £27,625 and progress to team leader or specialist roles which are at Band 6: £25,528 - £34,189.
The range of typical salaries at senior level/with experience, e.g. for a team manager or advanced practitioner (Band 7) is £30,460 - £40,157. Higher salaries may be available after this with further progression.
Pay may be substantially increased by additional allowances for night and weekend cover.
Private sector salaries are similar to those in the NHS, but benefits are generally better.
The type of work carried out in private sector laboratories is similar to that required in the NHS, but is likely to be more customer driven.
In some posts, there is a requirement to take a share of emergency overnight on-call cover and out-of-hours work.
Work is mostly laboratory based, but some patient contact may also be involved.
Some opportunities exist for part-time work or job sharing.
Self-employment is unlikely as it is rarely possible to set up an independent laboratory.
Vacancies are available across the UK, but numbers vary from region to region.
The profession is governed by a strict code of ethics, which includes patient confidentiality.
Biomedical scientists must not offer clinical advice. In some cases, there is a strict 'no contact with the public' policy. However, in some roles there may be near-patient testing, e.g. 'bedside'.
Biomedical scientists are not generally required to travel during the working day. Overnight absence from home is occasionally needed.
Overseas work is possible, although not very common. There are some global recruitment agencies, such as Kelly Services, which may offer vacancies, and there are opportunities for scientists to use their skills in voluntary work with organisations such as Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).
Written by Paula Summerhayes, Roehampton University
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