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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 16/01/2022.

Apprenticeship Healthcare Science Practitioner

Job Reference: 317-2021-34-009

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Radiotherapy Dose Planning - FH
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum (Annex 21)

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

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.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Apprenticeship Healthcare Science Practitioner (Dosimetry)

We are looking for an aspiring person to join the Dosimetrist team as a Degree Apprentice.

This post is for someone educated to A-Level standard in a scientific discipline, wishing to study towards a career as a Dosimetrist within a radiotherapy department. As part of the Degree Apprenticeship, you will be in full-time professional employment, learning in the workplace in a structured delivery pattern, supported by both the university and the Trust. You will complete a funded degree at University of West of England (UWE) as part of a level 6 apprenticeship resulting in a B.Sc.(Hons) in Healthcare Science (Radiotherapy Physics).

The practical aspects of the training will be delivered at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

The training is for a three year period starting September 2022 to August 2025. Successful completion of the degree course will lead to a permanent full time position as a dosimetrist.

What’s a Degree Apprenticeship?

Degree apprenticeships are a new type of programme offered by some employers and universities. Whilst employed, students can achieve a full bachelor's or master's degree as part of their apprenticeship, funded by the employer. The programmes are developed by employers, universities, and professional bodies working in partnership, and offer a fantastic opportunity for students to earn and learn without the debt from the traditional university route. Degree apprenticeships combine working with studying part-time at a university. Apprentices are employed throughout the programme, and spend part of their time at university and the rest with their employer.

About the Department…

Radiotherapy Physics is one of the Healthcare Science disciplines at Freeman Hospital. The Dosimetrist group provides the clinical dose planning service at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, which is one of the country’s leading cancer treatment facilities located in a purpose built centre at The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. It provides a therapy service using complex equipment and software for the treatment of cancer. Staffing in Radiotherapy is a mix of physicists, dosimetrists, engineers, radiographers, consultant oncologists and clerical staff working as a multidisciplinary team. The radiotherapy department at Newcastle benefits from state of the art equipment which includes a dedicated planning MRI scanner, 2 Siemens CT scanners with 4D capability, access to a PET/CT facility, 2 TomoTherapy treatment units, 2 Varian TrueBeam STx linacs with stereotactic capability, 5 Varian TrueBeams and a high doserate Flexitron afterloader. The dose planning section comprises of a team of 14 WTe Dosimetrists / clinical technologists. Since the introduction of Raystation treatment planning system into clinical use the section is responsible for VMAT planning for the majority of disease sites. Future developments include the evaluation of organ contouring using artificially intelligent software and implementation of ProKnow contour and plan review software. The Centre is committed to delivering a high quality service, maintaining the highest specification equipment and contributing to radiotherapy research and development.

About the Trust…

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We offer the second highest number of specialist services of any other group 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 best with people at our heart”.

What we’re looking for…

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to learn, and possesses the qualifications suitable to enroll with University of West of England (UWE) for this course:

GCSE Grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, plus A-level Grade C or above in Chemistry or Biology, and a pass in another science subject. Interested candidates should be able to demonstrate an aptitude for the role, and be able to commence the role from 31st August, in order to meet the University course dates. Students currently undertaking A-Level examinations are encouraged to apply indicating their predicted grades. In these instances, a conditional offer may be given subject to actual grades. Candidates MUST be able to commence in post by 30th August 2022 at the latest.

As this is a training post for 3 years your salary with be:

Year 1 – 65 % of the top of band 5

Year 2 – 70 % of the top of band 5

Year 3 – 75 % of the top of band 5

3 year apprenticeship with permanent employment following completion

For further information on requirements, please refer to the Job Description.

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You will become an integral part of the team, within which we will support your personal and continued professional development through the funding of the BSc (Hons) Degree programme via the Apprenticeship.

The NHS also offers one of the most competitive benefits package with regards to Annual Leave, Pensions and a comprehensive range of NHS Discounts.

Full Time 37 hours 30 minutes/week


Important note on completion of reference section of Application Form

All references from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

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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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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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