Career Progression from Band 2 MLA in Histopathology Watch

ChloeM231
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I'm about to start a role with the NHS as a Band 2 MLA in Histopathology. I have a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Translational Neuropathology (with a 20 week placement in a histopathology laboratory.

Just wondering what my career progression might be and how long this is likely to take? At the interview, the lab I will be working for said that they are definitely willing to train me up and would help me become BMS accredited in order to get a trainee BMS position.

However, I have no idea of the potential time frame of this (e.g. do you go straight from band 2 MLA to band 5 trainee BMS?).

Any advice would be appreciated!
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I'm about to start a role with the NHS as a Band 2 MLA in Histopathology. I have a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Translational Neuropathology (with a 20 week placement in a histopathology laboratory.

Just wondering what my career progression might be and how long this is likely to take? At the interview, the lab I will be working for said that they are definitely willing to train me up and would help me become BMS accredited in order to get a trainee BMS position.

However, I have no idea of the potential time frame of this (e.g. do you go straight from band 2 MLA to band 5 trainee BMS?).

Any advice would be appreciated!
Hey, sorry you haven't had an answer to this yet - just giving it a quick bump, so hopefully someone will be along soon

I'm afraid this isn't my area of expertise, but please do quote me if you've not had a response in a few days, and I'll see what I can do?
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You will need to take top up modules, which I think you can do online. You will need to get your degree assessed by IBMS to see which top up modules you will need, if they even allow a psychology degree that is. After this, you will need to do a registration portfolio (either by getting a trainee post or in your own time) and register with the HCPC, so you can get a band 5 roles. In terms of timeframe, your are looking at around 2 years minimum, but it does depend on you.
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