The term ‘healthcare’ encompasses many different careers. There will be some you will have most like heard of like paramedic, surgeon or a nurse, but here are three healthcare careers that are slightly less well known…
Nuclear Pharmacist/ Radiopharmacist
Radiopharmacy combines healthcare with physics and microbiology. Radiopharmacy is a speciality area of pharmacy involved with the preparation of radioactive materials to improve health through radioactive drugs. There are constantly new developments to keep up with in radiopharmacy which can pose a challenge to anyone working in this field.
To work in this field, an academic background in pharmaceutical sciences is essential.
Clinical Informatics combines information science with healthcare. In Clinical Informatics, you will look at how data can help patients and the nurses who are responsible for their care. The day to day role of Clinical Informatics could include analysing information about patients to prevent later readmissions to the hospital. Many people in this role develop and update the electronic records of patients to allow medical staff to easily access a patient’s medical record including any previous scans they might have had.
Watch this day in the life to see what it is like in a Clinical Informatics career…
Phlebotomy is the perfect mix of chemistry and pharmacy. Phlebotomists make sure that the diagnosis of illness is done quickly and safely. They take blood samples from patients which are examined in a laboratory and the results can be used to quickly diagnose diseases and conditions.p
There are no set entry requirements to become a trainee phlebotomist. Employers usually ask for at least two GCSEs or equivalent. They may ask for a BTEC or equivalent vocational qualification in health and social care or healthcare.