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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds LOUISE DIVER: I am a trainee clinical scientist in genetics. So this is a three-year training programme. It’s really quite intense, and it combines work-based training with a part-time academic component. My undergraduate degree was in molecular and cellular biology. And I enjoyed the genetic component of this quite a lot, so I then went on to do a master’s degree in medical genetics. I knew, at this point, that I wanted a career in genetic diagnostics, but I did fail to get past the interview stage. So I decided I needed to get some further laboratory experience, and I was accepted to a PhD on how genetic variations influence blood pressure.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds Genetic diagnostic testing is where we look at changes in a person’s chromosomes or genes. And we can use the results of those tests to either confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis. Or we can use them to determine a person’s risk of inheriting a genetic condition. The basic requirement for this training programme is a 2.1 in your honours degree. But again, this is very competitive, so any further experience, qualifications, or skills that you have will help you stand out during the selection process.

A career in diagnostics

For those interested in a career which has a direct impact on patient care, the opportunity to train as a clinical scientist can be extremely rewarding. We talked to current trainee in genetics, Louise Diver but there are a huge range of specialities you could go into - see the link below for details of the vast array of different areas in which scientists work in the UK National Health Serivce (NHS).

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