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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/08/2019.

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Clinical Scientist or Pre-registrant

Job Reference: 317-2019-31-11-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 NMPCE - Elect/Computing
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£37,570 to £43,772 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 14,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “healthcare at its very best – with a personal touch”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

Northern Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering provides a range of specialist clinical measurement and scientific services to the Trust and has an active programme of medical device development and assessment. The Department focuses on meeting the needs of patients in the Trust and the NHS by delivering high quality services combined with an academic approach and a strong commercial awareness.

We are seeking three clinical scientists at bands 8a, 7 and 6. Alongside staff on fixed-term research contracts they will form a team with responsibility for the development, translation and assessment of medical devices and other healthcare technologies. The nature of the work will be diverse, but the team as a whole will have skills in electronic, mechanical, and/or software engineering with an emphasis on medical devices. A particular challenge is to bridge the translational gap from clinical research to finished medical devices. Therefore a wider view of the medical device development pathway and a range of appropriate scientific skills would be highly desirable among the team members.

At the start of the development pathway, the team will work up proposals for innovative medical devices and obtain competitive grant funding to support their development. For the development lifecycle, knowledge of the ISO13485 quality standard, clinical research design for clinical investigations and CE-marking under the Medical Devices Directive would be particularly desirable. An ability to contribute to and lead the preparation of scientific papers is important, as is a mature and considered approach to physiological measurements on patients in the NHS clinical environment.

In this band 7 post we are seeking a scientist who will lead med-tech development projects with leadership of individuals or small groups. In addition to a relevant portfolio of skills the post-holder will be state-registered as a Clinical Scientist or have a clear path towards such registration. This role may suit a recent graduate of the STP programme.

These are challenging roles with the opportunity to develop a broad expertise in Med-Tech translational research and development. Since no applicant is likely to meet the entire brief at any level, we will offer the opportunity to develop skills in electronic, mechanical and software design, data analysis, statistics, project management, critical appraisal and physiological measurement as appropriate to the successful candidates. There may be the opportunity to pursue a higher degree for a post-holder, subject to agreement and appropriate funding. Suitably qualified candidates are eligible to apply for more than one post.




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Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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