The Med Shed

Medical Laboratory Assistant

THE WORKING DAY

You work in the laboratory at Hull Royal Infirmary and your main role is to assist biomedical scientists with their lab work, checking equipment and material stocks and order new supplies.

Today, you’re labelling and sorting blood samples for a haematologist, ensuring the samples are properly stored. After making up chemical solutions for general use, you carry out some general clerical duties; printing and filing reports and entering patient data on the computer system.

You enjoy working in a laboratory, helping scientists diagnose diseases and contributing to the life-saving processes of the hospital.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You love science and working in a laboratory. You enjoy following instructions, pay attention to detail and are highly organised. You’re also a good communicator and team worker.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Although there are no formal entry requirements, a range of GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications) would be beneficial. You will receive all training while on the job.

A-Levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications) aren’t usually required for this role, as you’d train while you’re working. Typically, you’d be working towards a relevant healthcare science qualification. You may be able to enter this type of role through a healthcare science assistant apprenticeship.