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Leaving the laboratory

Amiee Allen looks at navigating continuing professional development in non-conventional healthcare scientist roles.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an obligation for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)-registered professions, including biomedical scientists. CPD represents continual learning throughout your career, so knowledge is kept current – this directly contributes to good professional practice.

Moreover, CPD is a crucial aspect of career advancement and personal development, especially in the ever-changing field of healthcare science. Whilst more traditional, laboratory-based roles within this field are well-established, the rise in non-conventional healthcare scientist roles presents both a set of challenges and opportunities in navigating the landscape of CPD.

The expanding of healthcare scientist roles beyond typical laboratory positions is trending upwards, owing to necessity – workforce numbers increasing, role diversification and advancements in technology.

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