NHS Blood and Transplant People First

Scientific Professional Development

Developing as a scientific professional

If you are in a Scientific or Technical role and want guidance on becoming registered as a BMS, links and information documents on these pages will help.

Other guidance on band 5 to 6 progression, qualifications for band 2 to 4 and how to support your development as a scientist are also available.

If you can't find the information you are looking for you can Raise a query online.

Additional qualification information

Professional Bodies

  • Health and Care Professions Council HCPC
  • Institute of Biomedical Scientists IBMS
  • British Blood Transfusion Society BBTS

Modernising Scientific Careers

What is Modernising Scientific Careers?

Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) is a UK-wide government initiative which aims to standardise education and training paths for all those in a Healthcare Science job role. The result has been to develop a new Healthcare Science career path which makes it easier for people to enter and progress their careers. Within NHSBT, there are 6 main levels of the career. These are:

  • Assistant
  • Assistant Practitioner
  • Associate
  • Practitioner - Welcome Pack
  • Scientist - Welcome pack
  • Consultant Scientist - FAQs for this level

The following documents provide more detail for you.

Why is MSC needed within the NHS?

There are a number of reasons for this but principally it is because of the changing patient landscape which requires the healthcare science workforce to have different skills from that previously trained. This workforce is unique in that it is involved in 80% of patient pathways...either by diagnosing, testing, treating, or preventing disease. Good Scientific Practice (GSP) outlines the underpinning qualities that the new MSC training paths will deliver. Specifically these offer a broadened knowledge and skills set that will enable future flexibility and collaborative clinical leadership in order to better resolve patient cases.

Why is MSC needed within NHSBT?

As an NHS organisation it is important for us to keep training consistent with the wider NHS Hospitals. Particularly this helps the knowledge and skills of people to be mutually recognised and thus transferrable across organisations. This, in turn, will better support us to help our patients because all those involved in their patient pathway will be 'speaking the same language'.

Another reason is the additional government funding support that NHSBT can claim for the MSC training schemes meaning that we can financially support more of our people to develop their careers.

Scientific Career Development

Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) 

Biomedical Scientist

The FAQ's below will help you if you wish to become a registered Biomedical Scientist

Qualifications for Band 2 to 4 employees 


The Institute for Biomedical Scientists (IBMS) are offering two levels of qualifications for support staff employed in medical and diagnostic laboratories. View presentation for an overview.

 Additional useful materials 

Additional qualification information

Vision for Science: People Strategy

This Vision for Science is aligned to our People Strategy but targeted at scientific roles. It highlights the essential scientific knowledge, skills and foundations which lie at the heart of saving and improving patient lives, both now and into the future.

This strategy identifies areas to focus on to increase recruitment, improve training and development, enhance the leadership, address areas where retention is reduced and work to optimise the working environment.

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