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  • Jobs in the National Health Service (NHS) consist of nine pay bands and are usually covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) Pay Rates .
  • Salaries for trainee healthcare scientists typically range from £25,783 to £34,530 (Band 6).
  • Salaries for those with experience (Band 7) range from £30,764 to £40,558.
  • Salaries for principal scientists and consultant scientists, the highest grade at which healthcare scientists work, range from £39,239 (Band 8) to £98,453 (Band 9).
  • Those working in London and the surrounding areas may receive a high-cost-area supplement of between 5% and 20% of their basic salary.
  • Working hours are mainly 9am to 5pm, with some extra hours. Some departments employ 'extended working', operating on a four-day working week to cover demand for their services.
  • Most healthcare scientists work in hospitals, although some work in universities in a research or teaching role. Work usually takes place in a hospital consultation room.
  • Jobs are available in hospitals throughout the UK.
  • Part-time and flexible work may be possible.
  • Career breaks may be an option but healthcare scientists must keep up to date with any technical developments and need to retrain on their return to work in order to meet Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration requirements.
  • Working with people of all ages who may be distressed or have disabilities can be challenging but also rewarding.
  • Travel during the working day is uncommon although visits to other hospitals/clinics may occur.

Salary figures are intended as a guide only.

Written by AGCAS editors
December 2014

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