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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/01/2020.

Healthcare Science Assistant

Job Reference: 185-A-20-82662

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
£17,652 - £19,020 per annum pro rata

We offer a fantastic benefits package with competitive pay rates with annual increases, annual leave of 27 days increasing to 33 days after 10 years, access to the NHS Pension Scheme to which you and the Trust contribute. Our Medical workforce has separate arrangements. Alongside this there are extensive training development opportunities with paid mandatory training, support for flexible working and access to an On-site Ofsted graded ‘Outstanding’ Nursery. We promote a healthy work life balance, provide an Occupational Health Service to support you at work and have a number of NHS discounts available either directly through ourselves or online through NHS Discounts. As part of our recruitment process we can tell you more about our benefits package and you will see that we offer everything you would expect and more!

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) provides Acute and Community services across Exeter and East Devon serving a population of more than 450,000 people. In our latest CQC full inspection of our services, the RD&E received an overall rating of “good”. We were rated as “outstanding” for our Emergency and Critical Care services, and for Caring Trustwide.

The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked as the joint best performing non-specialist Trust in the country for overall patient experience of care in the 2016 Care Quality Commission (CQC) Adult Inpatient Survey.

The main hospital site is in the historical Cathedral city of Exeter that has abundant family amenities and beautiful surrounding countryside. It is situated in the middle of the South West Region with easy access to the countryside and coast of Devon and Cornwall. It is well served by rail, road and air links. Good educational facilities such as the University of Exeter and good Ofsted rated schools are available locally. Our Community sites are equally well positioned and are a good place to work.

Enjoy a good quality of life in the South West and be part of our caring workforce.

The Neurophysiology Department at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are looking to recruit a Healthcare Science Assistant to support our busy Neurophysiology team.

The Neurophysiology specialty at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is part of a multidisciplinary team involved in promoting better quality of care in Neurosciences. We provide a range of advanced and complex neuro-diagnostic investigations to patients of all ages, from Exeter, South Devon and North Devon.

Patients are referred with neurological, non-neurological or psychiatric disorders from a wide range of specialties including Neurology, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology and from GP practices

We provide investigations for both inpatients and outpatients, including work performed on the wards, special care units and inter-operatively.

Investigations provided by the department involve the recording and analysing electrical activity produced by the brain, nerves and muscles:

  1. Electroencephalograms (EEG)
  2. Evoked Potentials (EPs) and Visual Electrodiagnostic Testing (EDT)
  3. Nerve conduction studies (NCS) and Electromyography (EMG)

Clinical equipment within the department is digital and is integrated and locally networked, with recording and central review facilities. Appointments are currently booked through the RD&E Patient Administration System (PAS) and via the e-referral system, with clinical reports uploaded onto the Clinical Document Management system (CDM). In June 2020 the Trust is moving to a new integrated electronic patient record called Epic.

The Healthcare Science assistance role combines a mix of clinical and administrative work to support to the Healthcare science and medical staff within the department. The role involves direct contact with patient of all ages which will occasionally include those with serious or life threatening conditions (e.g. on ITU, HDU and neonatal unit).

It is essential to be able to work collaboratively with both the administrative and clinical staff within the department. The successful candidate will be confident using a variety of computer software (training will be provided for specialist software) and able to communicate well with adults and children, including those with learning and neurological disability. A technical scientific background/interest will be of benefit and a Care Certificate is desirable.

Our vision is to provide safe, high quality seamless services delivered with courtesy and respect. To achieve our vision we expect all our staff to uphold our Trust values. Our Trust values are:
Honesty, Openness & Integrity
Inclusion & Collaboration
Respect & Dignity

***Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.***


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The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust will contact previous employers to confirm employment history to cover a period of at least 3 years. The Trust is only able accept written references; these will be requested via email. One of your referees must be your current line manager and all references must cover the previous three years work or study history.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit):
Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

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We will also make any reasonable adjustments you require to our selection process. Please let us know what you need.”

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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