Did you know that there are more than 250 scientists working at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust leading in a huge range of day-to-day roles and research projects?
They are part of a 50,000 strong army of NHS Health Care Scientists involved in more than 50 separate scientific specialisms that help to save lives at Royal Surrey and around the UK. Despite their critical role, because they often work in the background they are among the unsung heroes of the NHS.
Between 11-15 March, Royal Surrey will be marking Health Care Science Week to highlight their work and to showcase some of the exciting opportunities that exist in this specialist field of health care.
You can read more about two of the life-saving research projects that our Health Care Scientists have been involved in here:
- Modelling Breast Cancers for Simulation Studies
- Using RapidArc planning to reduce the impact of radiotherapy on healthy tissue
Gail Distefano, Principal Clinical Scientist at Royal Surrey, said: “Health Care Science Week is an excellent opportunity to put the spotlight on the vital work that our scientists do behind the scenes. Health Care Scientists provide the scientific backbone of the NHS and their work underpins 80% of all diagnoses.
“We have four main groupings of scientists at Royal Surrey – laboratory (pathology) sciences, physiological sciences, medical physics and clinical engineering, and bioinformatics. They work in a range of disciplines across the hospital including biochemistry, audiology, medical physics and bio-informatics, to name just a few.’
“There are a lot of myths about Health Care Science such as the misconception that there is no career progression to consultant level. We hope that during the week people across the country will learn just how exciting and rewarding a career in Health Care Science really is.”
Two Healthcare Scientists have shared their story below
- What’s it like being a Senior Clinical Scientist?
- What’s it like being a Trainee Clinical Scientist?
Find out more about careers in Health Care Science here.