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Bench to Bedside

King's guide to careers in medicine, healthcare and sciences 

Tip: For the best results we recommend that you watch this video in full screen mode.

Are you passionate about science and how the human body works and want to make a difference to patients' lives? Do you know you want to work in health but not sure which direction is right for you? 

This new interactive video guide can help point you in the right direction by introducing you to the exciting range of health careers available, from the research scientist's bench to the patient's bedside. 

Navigate your own way through the video to focus on the areas of most interest to you.

How does it work?

Watch the video at the top of this page to follow the story of Mr Zemlinksy, an example patient who has been admitted into hospital after having a stroke.

After each section, you'll reach an interactive menu listing many of the medical practitioners that Mr Zemlinksy might meet over the course of his treatment. You can also find out about the science behind the story through the experience of some of the research scientists working behind the scenes to further our knowledge of serious conditions such as stroke. 

To find out more about any of these careers, click on the thumbnail images and watch our video interviews with real-life practitioners and scientists. Then either click the "find out more" button to get more information about that particular career, or "return to menu" to look at other videos or continue with Mr Zemlinksy's story.

We hope you'll find some useful tips to help you choose your dream career in health or health sciences!

Meet the professionals

We recommend you watch the video at the top of this page to see how each of the healthcare professionals listed here would make a difference to the experience of a patient like Mr Zemlinksy. Alternatively, you can browse the different careers by clicking on the links below.

The story: practitioners

Do you think you'd like to provide care directly to patients, either in a hospital, community or other setting?Take a look at the professions listed below and click on the links to find out more about each career option.

A&E consultants



Healthcare assistants


Occupational therapists





Radiologists and radiographers

Speech and language therapists

The science behind the story: research scientists

Are you fascinated by science and how the human body works? Would you like to contribute to furthering our knowledge of medical conditions, or developing new treatments or technology that will make a real difference to patients' lives? Click on the links below to find out what it's like to work as a research scientist in each different area of biomedical science. 

What is a stroke? (biomedical science)

Anatomy, developmental and human biology


Biomedical engineering


Clinical researcher

Molecular genetics


Nursing researcher



Find out more

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