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NHS Wales - Trainee Clinical Scientist - Neurophysiology

Job Reference: 082-STP-NEURO-0221

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW)
Swansea Bay University Health Board, Swansea
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum

Established on 1 October 2018, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) is the only Special Health Authority within NHS Wales. We sit alongside Health Boards and Trusts, and have a leading role in the education, training, development, and shaping of the healthcare workforce in Wales, in order to ensure high-quality care for the people of Wales.

Our key functions include:

  • Working closely with partners and key stakeholders, and planning ahead to ensure the health and care workforce meets the needs of the NHS and people of Wales, now and in the future;
  • Being a reputable source of information and intelligence on the Welsh health and care workforce;
  • Commissioning, designing, and delivering high-quality, value for money education and training, in line with standards;
  • Using education, training, and development to encourage and facilitate career progression;
  • Supporting education, training, and service regulation by playing a key role in representing Wales, and working closely with regulators;
  • Developing the healthcare leaders of today and the future;
  • Providing opportunities for the health and care workforce to develop new skills;
  • Promoting health and care careers in Wales, and Wales as a place to live;
  • Supporting the professional workforce and organisation development profession with Wales;
  • Continuously improving what we do and how we do it.

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Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

NHS Wales - Trainee Clinical Scientists - Neurophysiology

Exciting opportunities to use your science degree for patient and public benefit

Earn a competitive salary and gain a Masters degree through a 3 year, full-time, nationally recognisedtraining programme

Starting salary will be on the first point of Band 6 on a 3 year fixed term contract.

Healthcare science is one of the most exciting and dynamic areas to work in. Join a unique team who are inspired to apply their exceptional scientific knowledge and skills to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and the rehabilitation of patients.

The NHS in Wales is offering two salaried post-graduate training programmes in Neurophysiology for high calibre science graduates who are passionate about science and its role in patient care.

Neurophysiology is a discipline within Healthcare Science which is exciting and dynamic. Healthcare practitioners and healthcare scientists measure the function of the nervous system to help in the diagnosis and/or monitor the progress of neurological disorders.

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes doctors specialising in neurology, specialist nurses and other healthcare science staff (e.g. those specialising in audiology or ophthalmic and vision science).

The NHS in Wales is offering a number of salaried post-graduate training programmes for high calibre science graduates who are passionate about neurophysiology and its role in patient care across a number of locations throughout Wales.

This is a three year post-graduate programme and successful candidates will be employed by an NHS Wales organisation (see below) for the duration of their training. Trainees are also enrolled for a fully funded part time vocational Masters degree in their chosen specialism. This HEIW fully funded programme is equivalent to that of the STP programme in England.

Trainees may be required to rotate through other areas which will involve secondments at other locations. On completion of training, prospects for permanent employment within Wales are excellent. For individuals with aptitude and commitment there are opportunities to progress through the career pathway to Consultant Clinical Scientist. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are motivated to pursue their career within Wales.  

Healthcare practitioners and healthcare scientists perform a range of different tests, in patients of all ages, all of which require a considerable amount of patient contact and also good communication skills as each involves attaching electrodes to the patient and encouraging co-operation before the recordings can be made.

Clinical Neurophysiology departments are usually based in hospitals and linked to neurological centres. Most of the investigations in neurophysiology are recorded in dedicated environments, however they are also performed at the patient’s bedside, in the intensive care and special baby care units and also in the operating theatre.
There are four types of tests which are performed in neurophysiology departments:

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) Routine /Advanced
  • Evoked Potentials (EPs)
  • Nerve conduction studies (NCS)
  • Electromyography (EMG)

Electroencephalogram (EEG)
The electroencephalogram is the recording of the function of the cerebral cortex (brain) by applying electrodes to the scalp overlying the various lobes of the brain. The EEG records over time, the changes in the electrical potentials generated by the cerebral cortex. This investigation has several uses but the main role is patients suffering from epilepsy.

Evoked potentials (EPs)
Evoked potentials are electrical changes within the nervous system in response to a sensory stimulus (i.e. visual). The main uses of evoked potentials are to investigate neurological disorders such as optic neuritis or multiple sclerosis (MS).

Nerve conduction studies (NCS)
These studies measure the function of the peripheral nerves, those responsible for movement (motor function) and sensation (sensory function). The nerves are tested by applying a small electrical current to them and recording the response. These tests are used in neurological and other conditions that affect the function of the peripheral nerves e.g. carpal tunnel and other nerve entrapments. These tests are performed by healthcare practitioners and healthcare scientists but also Clinical Neurophysiologists (doctors who specialize in clinical neurophysiology).

Electromyography (EMG)
Electromyography is performed by doctors who specialize in Clinical Neurophysiology, however healthcare practitioners and healthcare scientists assist during these tests. Electromyographies test the function of the skeletal muscle and are used in the diagnosis of neurological conditions which affect the muscles such as motor neurone disease, plexopathy or radiculopathy. 


Physiological Sciences

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Neurophysiology 2 Posts

Based at Swansea Bay University Health Board) with rotation throughout other Health Boards in Wales

You may apply for up to two specialisms. Your supporting information must be relevant tobothspecialisms if you chose to apply for more than one.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

The interviews will be held remotely on the 13thand 14thApril

Closing date for applications for all posts: 11/03/21


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