Nano-Medic

Introduction

As a Nano-Medic, you will inject small implants into a patient’s blood stream. These implants will then perform tasks that monitor their health.

Work Activities

A nanometre is very small unit of measurement. An object the size of a nanometre is too small to be seen by the naked eye - you'll need a microscope.

As a Nano-Medic, you will inject small implants into a patient’s blood stream to monitor their health. This can help Doctors observe a patient's wellbeing. It can also help in an emergency situation. For example, implants could help Paramedics to quickly get a visual sign of a patient’s condition in the event of an emergency, such as a car crash or heart attack.

It will be your job to help develop these implants and ensure that when they enter the blood stream, the body doesn’t reject them. This is very tricky, as the body automatically tries to fight foreign bodies that get inside it, such as germs, or splinters.

Developing an implant for the body can be risky. This means that before you inject it into the patient, they will need to know the risks involved. You’ll also need to talk to them about the procedure and how to use the monitoring system once it is implanted.

If the implant is successful and the body accepts it, the patient's health can be regularly checked. This is important for people who have health problems such as diabetes and low blood pressure. If there is a problem with their health, a notification can be sent to an app on the patient’s phone, or a text sent to a Carer.

The implants that you design could ensure that patients receive the medical attention that they need.

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Nano-Medic, you will need:

  • an understanding of biotechnology
  • to enjoy working as part of a team
  • to enjoy working with people
  • knowledge of anatomy and physiology
  • good IT skills

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

This is a future career. The pay rates for Nano-Medics are unclear at the moment.

Hours of work

You might be working around 37 hours a week. Working long hours, such as weekends and late nights, might be a common feature of this career.

Where could I work?

Employers are likely to be the NHS and private healthcare companies.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes and training

The entry route to become a Nano-Medic is currently unclear. However, a degree will probably be needed.

Useful degrees or postgraduate qualifications could include:

  • nanotechnology
  • biomedical engineering
  • science
  • physics
  • engineering
  • chemistry
  • maths
  • biotechnology

Another way that you could get into this career is through an internship. Take a look at our information article 'Internships', for more details.

Training

Once you have received your degree, it is likely that you will need to enter a trainee or graduate position. Here, you will learn all the skills you need to become a Nano-Medic.

Progression

Once you have gained enough skills and experience, you could apply for Senior or Management posts.

Qualifications

As this is a future career, the qualifications needed to become a Nano-Medic are unclear.

However, having some previous understanding of nanotechnology or biomedical engineering might help you to stand out from the crowd.

Further Information

Nesta - Future Skills

Tel: 02074 382500

Email: information@nesta.org.uk

Website: www.nesta.org.uk/project/future-skills

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