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Healthcare Science

Healthcare scientists are behind many of the diagnostic and treatment decisions that affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland each year. While healthcare scientists represent only around five per cent of the total workforce in NHSScotland, almost 80 per cent of patient diagnoses can be attributed to their work.

Healthcare scientists represent a key expert resource of NHSScotland in terms of the safe, accurate and effective deployment of science and technology used to diagnose and treat patients.

Safe, Accurate and Effective: an action plan for healthcare science, the first policy document for healthcare science in Scotland, was launched on November 26, 2007 by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing:

Who the Healthcare Scientists are:

Life Sciences
  • Anatomical pathology
  • Andrology
  • Blood transfusion
  • Cervical Cytology
  • Clinical biochemistry
  • Clinical cytogenetics
  • Clinical embryology
  • Clinical immunology
  • Electron microscopy
  • External quality assurance
  • Haematology
  • Haemostasis and thrombosis
  • Histocompatability and immunogenetics
  • Histo and cytopathology
  • Molecular genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Tissue banking
  • Toxicology
  • Virology
Physiological Sciences 
  • Audiology
  • Hearing therapy
  • Autonomic neurovascular
  • Cardiac physiology
  • Clinical perfusion
  • Gastrointestinal physiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Ophthalmic science
  • Renal dialysis
  • Respiratory physiology
  • Sleep physiology
  • Urodynamics
  • Vascular technology
  • Vision science
Physical Sciences 
  • Biomechanical engineering
  • Clinical measurement
  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Equipment management
  • Information technology
  • Maxillofacial prosthetics
  • Medical electronics
  • Medical engineering and design
  • Medical illustration
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Radiation protection
  • Radiotherapy physics
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Renal technology
  • Ultrasound