Health sciences – are those sciences which focus on health, or health care, as core parts of their subject matter. These two subject matters relate to multiple academic disciplines,(and as such) both STEM disciplines, as well as emerging patient safety disciplines (such as social care research), and are both relevant to current health science knowledge.
Health sciences' knowledge bases are currently diverse, with intellectual foundations that are sometimes mutually-inconsistent. There is currently an existing bias in the field, towards high valuation of knowledge deriving from controlling views on the human agency (as epitomised by the epistemological basis of Randomised Control Trial designs).
The health sciences study all aspects of health, disease and healthcare. This field of study aims to develop knowledge, interventions and technology for use in healthcare to improve the treatment of patients.
Choosing to study an allied health profession is a big decision - not only are you committing at least three years to learning a new career; it’s a career that makes a huge difference to other people's lives and society.
There are over 50,000 healthcare scientists working in the National Health Service and public health services. Together they provide the scientific backbone of the National Health Service and their work underpins 80% of all diagnoses. Their role stretches across the whole innovation pathway from academic and translational research, to patient-centred service transformation.
The healthcare science profession is uniquely placed to harness the UK’s world class healthcare research base, improve patient outcomes and assist National Health Service England in its goal to accelerate innovation.
You’ll be employable. Most of the people who study Health Sciences went on to employment after their course finished.
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing sectors which means that health courses have excellent graduate employability rates because they are in high demand. As people live longer, more and more people need care and support, so you can rest assured that there will always be a huge demand for your skills and experience after you graduate.
Development opportunities. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is important and highly valued within the National Health Service, not only for career progression but to ensure staff are kept up-to-date with relevant skills and regulations to maintain patient safety.
Once you study for a certain healthcare role, it is easy to develop further skills in a range of different areas to enhance your employability skills. All National Health Service staff have personal development plans, giving you the opportunity to learn new skills, take on new responsibilities and progress in areas that you enjoy.
Financial support. Although bursaries are no longer available (at the time of writing) to cover all fees for undergraduate health courses, there are a lot of affordable lessons and courses available if you want to study health sciences.