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Clinical Perfusionist

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Clinical perfusionists, or clinical perfusion scientists, specialise in setting up and controlling the heart-lung bypass equipment which keeps a patient alive during open-heart surgery or liver transplants. The equipment completely takes over the functions of the heart and lungs: oxygenating the blood, removing carbon dioxide, restoring the temperature and pumping it back into and around the body.

The Work

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Pay

Trainee clinical perfusionists working in the NHS generally start on Band 6, £26,830 to £35,933 a year.

After completing the training, clinical perfusionists are on Band 7, £32,013 to £42,205 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2017.

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Getting In

You will find vacancies advertised on the NHS Scotland Recruitment, NHS Jobs and Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland (SCPS) websites.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
5261
2.3 %
RISE
2023
5381
  United Kingdom
2018
43585
2.3 %
RISE
2023
44607

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

More Information

There are at least 33,000 open heart operations performed in Great Britain and Ireland each year, varying from heart valve repair or replacement, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, to heart and heart-lung transplantation. (Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland website, 2017).

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
Tel: 01904 610821
E-mail: office@ipem.org.uk
Website: http://www.ipem.ac.uk/
Twitter: @ipemnews

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland
E-mail: admin@scps.org.uk
Website: http://www.scps.org.uk

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