A day as a reconstructive scientist

You're based at your local NHS hospital, and begin work at 9am. Your first task is to meet a recovering patient who had to have their nose removed because of nasal cancer. It is your job as part of a team, to restore the patient's nose and face shape. You explain exactly what you need to do to construct an artificial nose, how long it will take and what needs to be done. You take an impression of the face and rebook the patient for a second appointment on your clinic later in the week. In the afternoon, you are called by the doctor in Accident and Emergency to construct some special splints to be used in theatre that evening for a patient who was in a car accident. You meet the patient and doctor and then construct the splints in your prosthetics laboratory. It's very rewarding working with surgical colleagues to restore people's appearance and body function, and you're always developing new skills and abilities.

Does this sound like you?

You have calm, reassuring manner, you can communicate easily and like helping others. You're always willing to learn about new technology and have a creative nature. You are dextrous and can stay calm under pressure.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll need a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) GCSE grades (or the equivalent), including science and be all set to take three A levels (or the equivalent) at college or 6th Form.

What's next after A level and beyond?

You'll need to apply for an approved degree in dental technology at university. Getting three good A level grades (or the equivalent) is really important, and it's essential to check different university entry requirements as these vary between institutions. After working as a dental technologist, you can apply for the NHS Scientist Training Programme when you'd take extra training to specialise and gain an MSc in reconstructive science.