What is the role of a Biomedical Scientist?
A Trainee or Registered Biomedical Scientist must have a BSc in Biomedical Science or equivalent qualification. The completion of further relevant qualifications is encouraged such as Registration and Specialist Portfolios provided by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered BMS staff are responsible for performing and validating a range of investigations required for identification of bacterial and viral pathogens. They perform antibiotic testing on bacteria. This provides clinicians with information that helps them to treat their patients effectively. BMS are also responsible for training and mentoring of other members of staff.
To become a BMS, a BSc in Biomedical Science or equivalent is required. Trainee members of staff must complete a registration portfolio which enables them to be registered with the HCPC . Specialist portfolio completion is essential to become a Specialist Biomedical Scientist. An MSc in Medical Microbiology or equivalent is required for senior positions.
What is the role of a Medical Laboratory Assistant?
MLAs are responsible for data entry, primary preparation and processing of samples, daily quality control and maintenance of laboratory equipment. Other tasks include safe disposal of clinical waste and stock control of media and reagents required for the identification of bacterial and viral infections. MLAs train and mentor other members of staff.
To become an MLA, no formal qualifications are required but GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths would be advantageous.