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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? Doyou 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 ofhealth 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 admittedinto hospital after having a stroke.

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

To find out more about any of these careers, click on the thumbnail images and watch our video interviews with real-lifepractitioners and scientists. Then either click the "find out more" button to get more information about that particularcareer, 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 herewould make a difference to the experience of a patient like Mr Zemlinksy. Alternatively, you can browse the differentcareers 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 knowledgeof 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 areaof biomedical science. 

What is stroke? (biomedical science)

Anatomy, developmental and human biology


Biomedical engineering


Clinical researcher

Molecular genetics


Nursing researcher



Find out more

If you're a school-aged student interested in studying for a career in health or health sciences, join our Pathways to Health Network to keep up to date on all the latest news and events.

You can also find out more about Medicine, Dentistry and Psychology at ourPre-University Summer School. This short course for 16 and 17 year olds gives you the chance to test out and exploreyour chosen subject, providing a taste of undergraduate study and expert advice on university applications and careerpathways.

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