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Critical care technologist

Alternative titles for this job include Critical care scientist

Critical care technologists are responsible for life support monitoring and therapeutic systems used with critically ill patients.

Average salary (a year)

£32,306 Starter


£45,839 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become a critical care technologist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an in-service route


You can apply for a postgraduate training place on the 3-year NHS Healthcare Scientist Training Programme (STP). This is a combination of university and work-based training.

To apply, you'll need an upper second class honours degree or above in a subject related to the specialist area you want to work in. Examples of acceptable subjects for critical care science are:

  • physiology
  • pure or applied physics
  • engineering
  • biology or human biology
  • sports science

If you have at least a lower second class degree in a less relevant subject you could apply to the STP after taking a more relevant postgraduate qualification.

All STP applicants are expected to have had some experience of:

  • scientific research
  • paid or voluntary work in a relevant environment

Check with universities offering the STP, to see what sort of experience is preferred.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Competition for places on the Scientist Training Programme is high, so it helps if you have relevant experience. Voluntary work that includes patient contact could be useful, as this role can involve communicating with patients.

Other Routes

If you are currently employed in the NHS in a recognised scientific specialty and meet the qualification requirements, you may be able to do the Scientist Training Programme through the in-service route. You would need to be nominated by your employer to do so.

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Career tips

You'll be employed by an NHS organisation and paid a salary while you train.

Not all healthcare science specialisms are available each year and the number of applicants to places can be high. You can see the ratio of applicants to each specialism published by the National School of Healthcare Science.

Further information

You'll find more details about training and working in critical care science and technology from Health Careers and the National School of Healthcare Science.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

in your day-to-day duties you could:

  • set up equipment, connect it to patients and monitor the machinery
  • advise and train medical, nursing and other hospital staff on how to use equipment
  • troubleshoot problems and carry out maintenance on things like ventilators, dialysis machines and bedside monitors
  • do quality assurance checks
  • attend emergency call outs to critical care areas, for example, patients on life support systems
  • negotiate with medical sales representatives
  • manage staff and do administration tasks
  • research, develop, assess and introduce new critical care treatments and technologies

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could go on to do Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST) to become a consultant clinical scientist.

You could progress to leadership and management positions.

You could move into a specialist field of critical care like liver and transplant work, cardiology, neurophysiology, burns, premature baby units and respiratory physiology.

You could move into academic research and teaching in higher education.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Access to HE: Health Science Professions

  • Provider: HULL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2023
  • Location: Hull

Access to HE Diploma: Health Science

  • Start date: 05 September 2023
  • Location: Derby

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