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Trainee Healthcare Scientist

Job Reference: 317-2021-05-044

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering
317 Trustwide
£31,365 - £37,890 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 15,000 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 best with people at our heart”.

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.

We are seeking two trainee Healthcare Scientists to train in Clinical Engineering (specialising in clinical measurement and development) in the Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering (NMPCE) Directorate of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Alongside the Clinical Measurement and Engineering Unit where the successful candidate would work, the Directorate provides a range of other services including rehabilitation engineering, imaging physics & radiation safety and nuclear medicine at locations throughout the North East and North Cumbria.”It is based at Freeman Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary and the Campus for Ageing and Vitality in Newcastle upon Tyne, the University Hospital of North Durham, Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital Hartlepool.

Clinical engineers can work anywhere that mechanical, electronic or software engineering overlap with healthcare. Depending on your background, skills and interests you could find yourself joining any one of these projects: making aids to support people with disabilities live a dignified life; designing electronics to help diagnose cardiac disease in the home; testing our own haemodialysis system in the paediatric Intensive Care unit; or writing deep-learning software to predict disease from a remote consultation. Therefore, applicants must demonstrate skills and experience in Engineering or Physical Sciences and show commitment to applying these in a healthcare setting.

The post-holders will be expected to complete the 3 year Scientist Training Programme (STP) supported by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS). This will require part time attendance at King’s College London to complete an accredited Master’s degree in Clinical Science (Clinical Engineering) and completion of workbased competencies and assessments, prior to sitting the national final assessments run by the NSHCS at the end of the training period. On successful completion of training the individual will be able to register with the HCPC as a Clinical Scientist.

The aim of the STP is to produce graduates who will possess the essential knowledge, skills, experience and attributes required of a newly-qualified Clinical Scientist in the NHS. They will be competent to undertake complex scientific and clinical roles, defining and choosing investigative and clinical options, making key judgements about complex facts and clinical situations within a quality assurance framework.

NMPCE is a partner within the Northern Training Consortium (NTC). The NTC supports approximately 20 STP trainees in Physical Sciences at various stages of their training. The NTC ensures there is a good trainee network and organises a number of trainee events including, mock final assessments, scientific paper presentation competitions and open days.

Applications are invited from candidates with a first or second class degree in a relevant physical science or engineering subject. The ideal candidate will have experience or willingness to develop electronic, mechanical and software skills and share the values and behaviours as outlined in the NHS Constitution.

Full time 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week

Interview Date:- Wednesday, 24 March 2021/Friday, 26 March 2021



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