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Clinical Perfusionist

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Clinical perfusionists, or clinical perfusion scientists are part of the surgery team. They specialise in setting up and controlling the heart-lung bypass equipment which keeps a patient alive during open-heart surgery, or other procedures such as liver transplant. 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, £37,831 to £46,100 a year.

After completing the training, clinical perfusionists are on Band 7, £46,244 to £53,789 a year. With experience this may rise to Band 8a, £50,470 to £54,482 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2023.

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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.

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
6538
1.6 %
RISE
2029
6643
  United Kingdom
2024
75526
4.5 %
RISE
2029
78931

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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, 2021).

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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

NHS Scotland Careers
Website: http://www.careers.nhs.scot
Website (2): https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

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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