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Clinical Scientist (or Pre-Registrant) Band 7

Job Reference: 317-2019-25-079

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Northern Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£37,570 to £43,772 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services 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 very best – with a personal touch”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

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 has an ongoing programme, established for more than 40 years, to assess new medical devices and technologies, informing decision making at a national level.

Our current Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme includes an External Assessment Centre for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and also a growing portfolio of grant- and externally-funded observational research projects, predominantly analysing routine healthcare and bespoke registry data. The HTA team is based in the Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering (NMPCE) Directorate at the Freeman Hospital and this new post will support delivery of the Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) Innovation Pathway, to March 2021 in the first instance.

We are seeking a Clinical Scientist or Pre-registrant to join the multi-disciplinary HTA team. The successful applicant will have a proven ability to apply their scientific skills, and will further develop the expertise required to provide HTA services, including literature-based research, critical appraisal, analysis and study design. They will work on a range of topics associated with the assessment and development of medical devices, in-vitro diagnostics and technologies used in interventional procedures. Our research work requires well-developed bioinformatics and data analysis skills, using tools such as R or python.

The post-holder will develop a model for regional “evaluation in practice”, for promising technologies with regional interest, as agreed with the AHSN NENC. The outputs will be NENC region-specific variants of NICE “Medtech Innovation Briefing” (MIB) publications, for technologies which are not otherwise included in relevant NICE Guidance. For technologies with NICE Guidance, outputs will be NENC region-specific “Medtech Adoption Briefings”. Both outputs are expected to involve tasks such as searching Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and national mortality data for information on the prevalence of medical conditions and/or frequency of interventions, plus developing pseudonymised methods to link HES to bespoke clinical audits and registries.

The post-holder will have an important role in supporting the AHSN NENC in encouraging and measuring adoption of proven medical technologies for patient and healthcare system benefit, in the region.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for the Essential and Desirable criteria for the role.

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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