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The healthcare science workforce

Members of the Healthcare Science workforce perform a range of different roles depending on their qualifications, experience, and level of specialisation. Although this workforce comprises approximately 5% of the healthcare workforce in the UK, their work underpins 80% of all diagnoses as well as therapeutic interventions such as radiotherapy.

Examples of the type of work they undertake include:

• Advising, diagnosing, interpreting, and treating patients.
• Advising health and social care professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
• Researching the science, technology, and practice used in healthcare to innovate and improve services.
• Designing, building, and operating technology for diagnosing and treating patients.
• Ensuring the safety and reliability of tests and equipment used in healthcare.

Read more about the range of work that healthcare scientists do in the publication Extraordinary You

Read more about the career framework for Healthcare Science and the education  and training routes

The healthcare science workforce in England by grade

Healthcare Science workforce by grade 2012

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