The Role of a Vascular Scientist

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Published: 21 Nov 2017      

At Sonographers Medical, we offer a range of vascular scientist jobs from all over the United Kingdom. These jobs range from full-time positions, to locum jobs that you can use to showcase your skills and build your CV.

Of course, we also want to offer advice to those who may be considering a career in the medical sciences. Here, we’re going to look at what the role of a vascular scientists entails, as well as some other useful information.

What is Vascular Science?

Vascular science is all about your patient’s arteries, veins, blood vessels, and general blood flow. You’ll predominantly use ultrasound to assess your patients, creating images from which you or fellow medical professional can base their diagnoses and recommendations.

Vascular science generally takes a non-invasive approach, and is usually used as a diagnostic tool. However, the information discovered in your images may result in patients undergoing more invasive procedures, such as surgery.

What’s Your Role

A vascular scientist is often the last person that a patient will see before they head into surgery. You’re an investigator, looking to highlight the issues that the surgical team must focus on, or prove that the patient doesn’t require surgical intervention. As a result, you take on a great deal of responsibility.

Most vascular scientists work in clinics or hospitals, often as part of a larger ultrasound department. However, you may be called out to provide assessments at a GP’s office, particularly for patients who may struggle to travel to a clinic.

You may also carry out your work in a ward, intensive care, or the operating theatre. However, you’ll most likely be predominantly located in a dedicated departments.

Vascular scientists work with both in and outpatients. You’ll also find that the majority of your patients either suffer from advanced illnesses, are advanced in years, or have some form of disability. You’ll also help to diagnose a range of conditions, including strokes, varicose veins, and aneurysms. Anything that affects the patient’s blood vessels falls under your remit.

As mentioned, you’ll predominantly use ultrasound machines to carry out investigations. However, you may use other equipment for measuring blood circulation in vital organs, limbs, and the brain.

As a vascular scientist, you’ll work closely with patients on a daily basis. As a result, your bedside manner must be impeccable. You work with the patient to prepare them for their upcoming exam, and will have to explain the procedures they’ll undergo.

Beyond that, you also have to report your findings, writing reports and reviewing the patient’s records as you do so. This information then informs the next course of action.

As part of your work, you’ll cooperate with nurses, radiologists, and vascular surgeons.

What’s The Salary?

It depends on your band, as defined in the Agenda for Change pay scale. Depending on experience, vascular scientists generally fall between bands 6 and 9. This means you’ll earn anywhere between £26,565 and £100,431, as the time of writing. The highest earners tend to move into consultancy or training roles, or head their own departments.

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