Train, learn and research with infection and immunology experts at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Staff and trainees will find themselves at the cutting edge of infection and immunity education at Imperial College Healthcare.

We support undergraduate and postgraduate studies, medical training and continual professional development. We do this through our experienced staff who share their knowledge with on-the-job tutoring, coaching and mentoring. We also encourage progression for lower bands through training and competency portfolios.

Our combined virology and immunology laboratory, based at Charing Cross Hospital, brings access to the most up-to-date equipment and techniques for molecular and serology testing (including assays developed in-house) . The laboratory processes samples for virology, immunology and microbiology serology investigations. Staffed by consultants, specialist registrars, biomedical scientists associate practitioners and medical lab assistants, it offers an exceptional chance to learn and develop.


Medical laboratory assistants and associate practitioner grade staff (bands two to four) train in support duties while completing a portfolio showing their training and competence.

To become a biomedical scientist, you must have an accredited degree and complete the institute of biomedical science (IBMS) training portfolio to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will complete this as part of the laboratory training programme.


We support HCPC registered staff studying for the IIBMS specialist diploma, IBMS higher specialist diploma, Masters level degree and professional doctorate. We fund registration for portfolios and MSCs for some band six staff to progress to senior level. Staff can also progress through the management or quality route.

We also include medical training for specialist registrars in microbiology and virology who spend at least two months in the virology section under the supervision of consultant virologists. 

Work experience

We offer one week work placements to students over 18 and usually take on one student each month. There are plans for summer placements from our local universities and postgraduate placements in future.