Careers in Healthcare S1 E5 Healthcare science : Trainee biomedical scientist

Rabia’s nearly completed her general portfolio so that she can register as a biomedical scientist. In this episode, she talks about her route to becoming a biomedical scientist and how you can do it too!


Rabia’s work as a trainee biomedical scientist specialising in cellular pathology means that she examines cancer biopsies and other benign biopsies. Her findings help doctors and other healthcare professionals create treatment plans to help patients. She loves her role because, even though biomedical scientists might not get to meet with patients, the testing and analysis they do are behind almost all diagnoses. She says being a biomedical scientist is always satisfying, rewarding and exciting!

Rabia's career pathway

Having done 2 years at college, followed by 2 years at university to get her biomedical science degree, Rabia applied to be a trainee biomedical scientist. Due to the modules she missed at university, she’s working on her general portfolio while in her role. Once she’s completed the portfolio, she’ll become a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered biomedical scientist. Rabia says the option to complete your portfolio in the workplace is fantastic because you can still work towards becoming a biomedical scientist even if you haven’t done an Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited degree.

Rabia's advice for you

Rabia’s advice to you, if you’re considering a biomedical science role in the NHS, is to contact your local laboratories. That’ll help you get a sense of what it’s like to work in that environment. If you can get some work experience or volunteering in your university or NHS laboratory that would also be great, because then you’ll have some practical experience.

Grab every opportunity going! Every opportunity to shadow, volunteer, or chat with a biomedical scientist is a chance to improve your skills or learn more. Rabia explains that cellular pathology is a rapidly evolving field, so there’s lots of reading and learning you can do. Start your career journey by finding out how you can become an NHSScotland biomedical scientist.

We hope you enjoyed learning about Rabia’s rewarding role as a biomedical scientist. Make sure to tune in to our other episodes to find out more about different healthcare science roles in NHSScotland. If you’d like to read about NHSScotland careers, including those in healthcare science, explore our careers.