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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/03/2021.

Trainee Healthcare Scientists Medical Physics - Radiotherapy Physics

Job Reference: 082-STP-MP-RADPHY-0221

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW)
Medical Physics (Radiotherapy Physics)
Singleton Hospital/Velindre Hospital, Swansea/Cardiff
£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.

For more information on this vacancy please contact the recruiting manager, who will be pleased to discuss their employment opportunity with you.

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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 Healthcare Scientists Medical Physics - Radiotherapy Physics

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 recognised training programme

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

The NHS in Wales is offering salaried post-graduate training programmes for high calibre science graduates who are passionate about science and its role in patient care across a number of specialisms and locations throughout Wales. This advert is for the Medical Physics (Radiotherapy Physics) Specialism.

Applications are invited for five Medical Physics (Radiotherapy Physics) training posts. One post will be based in South-west Wales at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, and 4 posts based in South-east Wales at Velindre Hospital in Cardiff. Please indicate your preference on the application

The training scheme in Medical Physics will follow the three year post-graduate MSc Clinical Scientist Training Programme (STP). Further details are available from:

Prior to undertaking their specialism, trainees will initially rotate through each of the Medical Physics areas: Imaging with Ionising radiation, Imaging with Non-Ionising radiation, Radiotherapy and Radiation Safety. Mobility between training centres is expected, to cover all rotations. Trainees will also undertake a fully-funded part-time accredited MSc degree in Clinical Science, at Swansea University. Successful candidates will be employed at either Swansea Bay University Health Board, or Velindre University NHS Trust for the duration of their training.

The Swansea based trainees will be located at Singleton Hospital on the coast, adjacent to Swansea University. The Health Board covers a population of approximately 0.5 million people and also provides tertiary services including cancer across southwest Wales for close to a population of 1 million. The Health Board provides a full range of services across Singleton and Morriston Hospitals in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Hospital. The Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering is mostly based in the Singleton Hospital and operates across the Health Board and beyond, employing about 120 scientists, engineers and technicians. This is a particularly exciting time to train at Swansea with successful candidates contributing to the modernisation under way in Radiotherapy. The department has very strong links with the university with an active established research collaboration. Further information can be found from where Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering will be found under the ‘A-Z Hospital Services’ link.

The Cardiff based trainees will undertake training placements at the University Hospital of Wales and Velindre Cancer Centre. Velindre NHS Trust provides cancer and blood services across South and Mid Wales through Velindre Cancer Centre and the Welsh Blood Service. Velindre Cancer Centre specialises in the non-surgical treatment of cancer. It serves the 1.5 million people who live in South East Wales, providing these services at its site in Whitchurch, Cardiff. Each year over 5,000 new cancer referrals are received for treatment, with over 4,000 of these receiving a course of radiotherapy. The Medical Physics Department currently employs over 50 scientific, technical and engineering staff and provides a wide range of Radiotherapy Physics and Radiation Protection services to support and develop the facilities and services of Velindre in its role as a specialist provider in Wales.

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board provides a wide and unique range of services to the local population and wider-Wales. The University Health Board is a centre of excellence for many disciplines, and employs some of the best clinicians in their field. The Health Board covers 7 hospital sites, including the University Hospital of Wales, University Hospital, Llandough and the Children’s Hospital for Wales. Medical Physics is based at the University Hospital of Wales, and provides clinical and scientific services and support across multiple patient sectors within the Heath Board and surrounding region, including: nuclear medicine, radiopharmacy, vascular ultrasound, bone densitometry, laser surgery and ultraviolet therapy.

Velindre and Cardiff and Vale both enjoy strong teaching and research links with Cardiff University, including specialist units such as the PET Imaging Centre (PETIC) and the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC).

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 in Medical Physics within Wales. This HEIW fully funded programme is equivalent to that of the STP programme in England.

Further information about the careers available in the Physical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering can be found at the following NHS Careers website.

The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine is the professional body for UK medical physicists and clinical engineers and the following website may be useful.


Informal visits are encouraged and these should be arranged with Local Training Co-ordinators -Swansea: Dr R.Lewis (;Cardiff: Dr A. Millin (Velindre UNHST) ( For further information and informal discussion please contact the above as appropriate.

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

Interviews will be held remotely between 12thand 23rd April 2021

Closing date for applications for all posts: 11th March 2021

It is essential that your application demonstrates how you meet the job description / person specification for this post.

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