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Your Future with Physics:

Physics opens doors to some of the most exciting, cutting-edge, rewarding jobs in the world. This is our guide to where physics could take you in your studies and future career - featuring information, advice and inspirational, real-world stories IOP (opens new window)

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There is also another page with career clips. The career clips are a suite of 5-8 minute films showcasing some exciting careers available to those studying physics to Higher. These clips are suitable for classroom use IOP - Careers in Physics (opens new window)


So just to provide a bit of background about myself. I am a Specialist Biomedical Scientist in Cytopathology although I currently work in the field of Blood Transfusion. Biomedical Scientists work in hospital and NHS laboratories carrying out all the relevant testing e.g. blood tests, urine tests and that used in the treatment and diagnosis of patients. They also manufacture specialist blood products and components and novel therapies that are used in life saving blood transfusions and treatments for patients.

I studied for an accredited honours degree in Biomedical Science and began my career as a Medical Laboratory Assistant while I was still at university.  I secured a trainee Biomedical Scientist post in cytology and underwent on the job training completing the Institute of Biomedical Science Registration Portfolio which is required to become a Health and Care Professions Council registered Biomedical Scientist practitioner. After this I progressed on to complete a Specialist Portfolio in Cytopathology, again undertaking on the job training that covered all the areas of my specialism. The training and experience I gained allowed me to move disciplines first moving to Tissues, Cells and Advanced Therapeutics within the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). This department provides Scotland's national stock of donated bone, hearth valves, tendons and novel therapeutic treatments such as the HPC stem cell programme and Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplantation. I then moved to the Manufacturing Department within SNBTS with involves manufacturing and processing blood donations to supply the whole of Scotland with blood and blood components.

The following video provides an overview of the work I currently do from my colleague Jordan (he is also a Stem Ambassador so you may have been in contact with him too, I am currently on maternity leave so haven't been in touch with him lately to find out if he is doing any Stem Ambassador work at present):

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There are more videos on the SNBTS channel also that you may find after watching the video and more information on the work of SNBTS can also be found here Give Blood (opens new window)

It may also be interesting to show your pupils the following video that is about the Jack Copland Centre where I work, as it is a purpose-built facility for the headquarters of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and is a good substitute for giving a tour and feel of the workspace.

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The Institute of Biomedical Science of which I am a member has a careers website and some videos on their youtube channel. Some resources are targeted at younger audiences but there is still some good career information on their career website Biomedical Science Careers (opens new window)

What is Biomedical Science? (opens new window)

The presentation above is about careers in biomedical science. Although this mostly focuses on Biomedical Scientists, I have included information that covers all career paths in the field of Biomedical Science from entry level posts all the way to Consultant level within the NHS which shows how an individual can progress if they choose to do so and how varied the roles can be.