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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/10/2021.

Trainee DXA Assistant Practitioner

Job Reference: 415-Z21-601

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust
£20,330 - £21,777 Per Annum Pro Rata

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join the DXA scanning team in Radiology.

The post holder will need to have knowledge of working within the healthcare environment, they will demonstrate organisation, initiative and flexible-thinking, an ability to learn and work in a team, and enjoy a challenge.

As part of the multi-disciplinary team, the post holder will provide a key role in providing imaging, care and support to individuals as specified in standard radiographic protocols. Following training they will perform a range of radiographic imaging procedures as detailed within the scheme of work within the DXA department under the supervision of a qualified radiographer.

The post holder must be willing and able to undertake the necessary training required to become competent in a limited area of radiography under the direction and supervision of a qualified radiographer. This will involve completion of the FdSc Healthcare Practice-Assistant Practitioner qualification, which will be provided by Petroc College in Barnstaple and supported by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, and the National Osteoporosis Society National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry Certificate of Competence.

You will be required to have:

• GCSE English and Maths grade C or above or Functional skills Level 2 literacy and numeracy to ensure you meet the appropriate academic criteria required to undertake and complete the course.

• IT skills

• NVQ/QCF 2/3 or equivalent in relevant area of practice

• Be able to work as part of a team

• Be compliant with all mandatory training requirements

• Be able to commit to fully attending the study days and completing the academic modules required

This post is paid at Band 3 whilst training and Band 4 once all training and competencies are complete. The hours are 37.5 hours per week and may be variable however likely to be 9am-5pm 5 days per week and may involve weekend working in the future.

For more information or to arrange a visit please contact Karl Nottage, Superintendent Radiographer (DXA Lead) ( or Gill Kite, Superintendent Radiographer (

Subject to formal matching, the band is confirmed but there may need to be some revision to the JD required in the future.

Closing Date: 24th October 2021

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) are planning to formally join together in April 2022; subject to the necessary approvals from our Board, Governors and regulatory authorities. Over the last few years we have made good progress by working more closely together to tackle our shared challenges. However, both organisations believe that combining our strengths into a single organisation will put us in a stronger position to offer high quality, resilient services to the people of Devon now and in the future. Further information regarding the proposed NDHT and RD&E integration is available on each of the Trust websites.

Our values guide everything we do. At all times, we aim to:

  • Demonstrate compassion
  • Strive for excellence
  • Respect diversity
  • Act with integrity
  • Listen and support others

Our teams of care professionals work with patients and their families to support peoples’ independence, health and wellbeing. We provide support to avoid hospital admissions, and if an admission is necessary, we try to make each patient’s stay in hospital as short and effective as possible before working with them on a safe discharge home.

In our most recent staff survey, our staff voted us in the top 10% of NHS provider organisations to work for and we also came out as the top provider in the South West for our overall results. Our patients (through the Friends and Family Test) regularly report an average of over 95% satisfaction with our services.

Please note that we may close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applicants.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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