Skip to main content

Critical care technologist

Critical care technologists (CCTs) make sure equipment used in the care of critically ill patients is safe and effective.

Potential salary

£31,365 to £44,503

Employment by 2024

+4.73%

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • observation and recording skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

in your day-to-day duties you could:

  • set up equipment, connect it to patients and monitor the machinery
  • carry out maintenance checks and clean intensive care and bedside technical support equipment
  • decontaminate machinery
  • advise and train medical staff on the use of equipment
  • negotiate with medical sales representatives
  • do routine administration tasks
  • manage the on-call rotas and work of other staff
  • research, develop, assess and introduce new treatments and technologies

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in an NHS or private hospital.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

With experience, you could progress to lead CCT.

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'll find more details about training and working in critical care science and technology from Health Careers.

Powered by Pathways.