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Hey everyone, i was just wondering who is thinking of becoming a perfusionist? I have recently graduated with a 2:1 in biomedical sciences and think a career as a perfusionist is for me. The problem i am having is that i am unsure where to begin, for example, i know that i must first secure a trainee perfusionist job with the NHS and be looking to join a MSc in perfusion science at NESCOT but what one whould i aim for first? is there a paticular time trainee perfusionist vaccancies become avaliable or is it random? what kind of experience is benefitial in trying to become a perfusionist? is it possible to shadow a perfusionist?

If there are any people here who have recently become trainee perfusionists i would be very greatful if you could share your experiences!

Thank you
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o and also i forgot to ask if i can become a perfusionist via the STP (scientist training programme)? i have talked to NHS careers who themselves seemed confused lol
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(Original post by singh-1)
Hey everyone, i was just wondering who is thinking of becoming a perfusionist? I have recently graduated with a 2:1 in biomedical sciences and think a career as a perfusionist is for me. The problem i am having is that i am unsure where to begin, for example, i know that i must first secure a trainee perfusionist job with the NHS and be looking to join a MSc in perfusion science at NESCOT but what one whould i aim for first? is there a paticular time trainee perfusionist vaccancies become avaliable or is it random? what kind of experience is benefitial in trying to become a perfusionist? is it possible to shadow a perfusionist?

If there are any people here who have recently become trainee perfusionists i would be very greatful if you could share your experiences!

Thank you
Hey there I have been looking into clinical perfusion myself.
From what I have read, you just wait for a trainee post to become available via nhs jobs and apply.
Apparently it's the same sort of structure as clinical scientist training, you have to get a qualification form the royal college of clinical perfusionists too.
I'm guessing that jobs become available at the same time as clinical scientists, I think it's August/September.
I'm gonna tag along because I could use some info too!

So what attracts you to clinical perfusion?
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i like the idea of a large amount of responsibility and id like to be a part of surgery too, you? Are there any things that you think will be benefitial when applying for a trainee position? any experience etc? thanks
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Im also a biomedical science graduate looking into the possibility of taking up perfusion science as a career path. So Hi ... =D

you asked which one you should do first, get employed as trainee perfusionist or MSc in clinical perfusion. But from the research i've done i think you first need to be employed before you are even considered for the MSc? Do u have the same conclusion?

Im also now looking into what extra experiences would put me in an advantageous position to apply for a trainee perfusionist job. Will let you know what i find =D
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It seems like a not very well known job! I'm currently doing my ibms portfolio year in a haematology lab and not many staff have heard of clinical perfusionist training!
I guess lots of knowledge about what the job entails and some good work experience would be an advantage!
I like the idea of having a pressurised role and lots of responsibility, without the heart-lung machine many surgical procedures wouldn't be possible. Actually having to assemble and operate it, playing an important role in helping a patient is really thrilling. Not forgetting all the science involved and all the possible research opportunities
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your doing your IBMS portfolio? Not sure whether you mind me asking...... because as you may know i also have the choice of becoming a biomedical scientist. So did you also do a biomedical science non-accredited degree? did you enter as a band 5 position? or at another band?
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Hey guys, i stumbled across this website when researching about perfusionists. I think you'll find it useful if your thinking of becoming a perfusionist.

http://humanfactory.caret.cam.ac.uk/...fusionist.html
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your doing your IBMS portfolio? Not sure whether you mind me asking...... because as you may know i also have the choice of becoming a biomedical scientist. So did you also do a biomedical science non-accredited degree? did you enter as a band 5 position? or at another band?
Its the sandwich year of my IBMS accredited degree. I'm currently being paid on a band 5 before returning to do my final year of uni, and come graduation I'll be HPC registered and ready to start as a band 5 BMS grade 1. But I'm quite fancying clinical perfusion
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Its the sandwich year of my IBMS accredited degree. I'm currently being paid on a band 5 before returning to do my final year of uni, and come graduation I'll be HPC registered and ready to start as a band 5 BMS grade 1. But I'm quite fancying clinical perfusion
I see. Are you enjoying biomedical scientist so far? You don't want to carry on being a biomedical scientist? or does a clinical perfusionist appeal to you more.
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I see. Are you enjoying biomedical scientist so far? You don't want to carry on being a biomedical scientist? or does a clinical perfusionist appeal to you more.
I'm just looking at what other careers are available to me other than NHS lab work.
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Did you manage to secure a place with NESCOT in the end? I've just graduated 2.1 biomedical science also, with a placement year where I completed my registration portifolio, however clinical perfusion appeals to me also !
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hey guys, I am a perfusionist and to clarify a few things:

always try to visit depts that your interested in applying to as well as just visit depts in general and write this up in personal statements including all procedures you have observed

you cannot do the NESCOT course without having a post as a trainee at an accreditated centre

for one post at least 200 applicants apply. dont be discouraged
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(Original post by niffypot)
hey guys, I am a perfusionist and to clarify a few things:

always try to visit depts that your interested in applying to as well as just visit depts in general and write this up in personal statements including all procedures you have observed

you cannot do the NESCOT course without having a post as a trainee at an accreditated centre

for one post at least 200 applicants apply. dont be discouraged
Hey, given that you are a perfusionist, I wanted to reassure myself by asking you a few questions.

I graduated with a 2:2 and I know that means I would not even be considered for the post. However, I am currently working part-time as a Healthcare Trainee Partner of McKesson at LloydsPharmacy and have an interview this Thursday as a Palliative Care Support Service (PCSS) Healthcare Assistant Trainee tomorrow (falling under Band 2). I know the MSC in perfusion science would be an academically rigorous course and so would the training itself, and hence I can understand why it would necessary that whoever does apply meets the minimum degree requirement. However I have a letter from a private GP that I recieved during the exam period of my final year, explaining how my ability to prepare for my exams were affected by the anxiety that I had developed.

So my question is, could you tell me frankly, irrespective of how much evidence of professional development I have acquired post-grad, and my medical letter - is it impossible for me to considered for a trainee clinical perfusionist post (amongst the 200 applicants that apply)
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Hello, I am currently in the first year of my biomedical degree. I chose the three year course, and not doing IBMS portfolio. Do I need the portfolio to apply for trainee perfusionist?
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