Healthcare Science Network

Contributing to 80% of clinical decisions made, the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw 'Healthcare Science Council' is a new alliance tasked with improving education and awareness about careers in this thriving part of the health and care workforce.

A healthcare scientist is a term used to describe a group of health and care professions that are underpinned by clinical, technological and academic knowledge.

With over 50,000 healthcare scientists working in the NHS and public health services, there are a range of opportunities to be a part of this under-represented workforce; they provide the scientific backbone of the NHS and their work underpins 80% of all diagnoses.

The role of healthcare scientist stretches over more than 50 specialisms which can be categorised into four groupings:

  • laboratory (pathology) sciences – e.g. Clinical Immunology - link to detailed subpage
  • physiological sciences e.g. Cardiac physiology - link to detailed subpage
  • medical physics and clinical engineering e.g. Nuclear medicine - link to detailed subpage
  • bioinformatics e.g. Computer science and modelling – link to detailed subpage

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System recognises the potential of harnessing this workforce to drive change and meet the health and care needs across 1.5 million people in the region.

As set out in our new Five Year Plan, we have set up professional councils and clinical reference groups including Allied Health Professionals - and Healthcare Scientists Councils.

Did you know?

*     50,000 healthcare scientists in England

*     5% of workforce in NHS

*     Contribute to 80% of clinical decisions

What professions? List

There are many different educational and vocational routes to entering the healthcare science workforce.  Depending on the level of study this can range from associate or assistant level, to practitioner, and full progression leads to a healthcare scientist.

What can I do if interested?

If you would like to find out more about Healthcare Science please email:

Mandy Scott - Learning and Development Manager/ Apprentice Lead for Healthcare Science


Useful links and resources

NHS England

Health Education England – NHS Careers

The Guardian