A day as a pathology links officer

You start work at 9.00 am in the pathology department at the local NHS hospital. Across your region, there are several small pathology laboratories and your role is to be the link between all of them, making sure that the analysis and results of patient specimens are co-ordinated and results are recorded properly. You call or email a couple of the laboratories to chase up outstanding results. Having transferred the results you've received into a specialist computer system, you use your knowledge and experience as a biomedical scientist, to analyse them and record them against government guidelines. Later in the day, you have a meeting with a manager at one of the laboratories to discuss a rise in the number of pathology tests being performed that seem to confirm an outbreak of salmonella in their patch, and prepare a brief report for a meeting with your boss the next day. You've left work by 5.15pm.

Does this sound like you?

You have an interest in information and how it can be used to improve ways of working. You enjoy solving problems and are very interested in science. You enjoy working as part of a team.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll need to go onto do to A levels or an equivalent level of qualification including science at school or college and be prepared to go onto a university course after that.

What's next after A level and beyond?

You will need A levels (or the equivalent) for this role in order to go onto do a degree in biomedical science or healthcare science (life sciences) at university. A pathology links officer will usually have worked in a pathology lab before going into this role, combining their experience with an interest in analysing and managing clinical information.