What is Healthcare Science?

Kathryn

Faculty: Medical Science
Course: BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science
Category: Allied and public health

20 June 2017

'Healthcare Science? What's that?' is a question I encounter on a regular basis. So here's the answer to that, and other questions I'm often asked.

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Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) can be done either as a degree, or through other pathways such as the Scientific Training Practitioner programme or the new Apprenticeship scheme. It tends to go under the name of 'clinical physiology' and various combinations of that. You may also get called a 'technician' (but some of us do not like this term it would seem).

I feel as though it's one of those physiological professions that just works away quietly in the background, and the general public and some other health professionals remain oblivious. I own up to this.

Have you ever had an electrocardiogram (ECG)? Or maybe an echocardiogram? Perhaps you've had spirometry done or even full body plethysmography. Another example would be an electroencephalogram (EEG) if your brain is your main complaint. Point aside, all of these tests and many more are performed by a clinical physiologist.

What does it lead to?

What kind of experience do I need?

How do placements work?

Do I have to wear a uniform?

What is a portfolio?

What is a mentor?

What is a practice educator?

When do you specialise?

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