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Trainee Clinical Photographer

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
£27,461 to £33,428 a year Per annum, pro rata (Annex U)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
Job summary

The Department of Clinical Photography and Medical Illustration provides a high quality photographic imaging service to support the care of patients, diagnosis and training within the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. Our purpose-built facilities at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport provide a base from which we provide a Board-wide service.

We are looking for two enthusiastic and committed photography graduates to join our department as part of a hard working team. We cover a range of specialities across ABUHB some of which include Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Maxilliofacial and Orthodontics and Wound Care. We also provide a Graphic Design service and Videography.

Trainee Clinical Photographers (Band 5 Annex 21) will be working towards gaining skills and experience to be competent in meeting the duties and responsibilities detailed in this job description. This will enable them to be eligible to apply for a qualified Band 5 Clinical Photographer position. The trainees will also undertake a level 7 clinical photography work-based learning qualification.

This is an 18-month fixed term contract starting on Friday 1st September 2023 and ending on Friday 28th February 2025.

For an informal discussion please contact Ceri Llewellyn, Clinical Photography & Medical Illustration Department, Royal Gwent Hospital on 01633 234187.

Main duties of the job

To work in a team of clinical photographers to produce clinical photographs / video to aid patient care, diagnosis, teaching, research, and publications. The postholder will provide a range of photographic knowledge and skills to support a variety of multidisciplinary teams, across a range of clinical specialties within the organisation. Working in a variety of clinical environments, the postholder will use a combination of standardised and non-standardised photographic techniques.

This post is fixed term for 18 months due to - meet the needs of the service

About us

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is a multi-award winning NHS organisation with a passion for caring. The Health Board provides an exceptional workplace where you can feel trusted and valued. Whatever your specialty or stage in your career, we have opportunities for everyone to start, grow and build your career. The health board provides integrated acute, primary and community care serving a population of 650,000 and employing over 16,000 staff.

We offer a fantastic benefits package and extensive training and development opportunities with paid mandatory training, excellent in-house programmes, opportunities to complete recognised qualifications and professional career pathways including a range of management development programmes. We offer flexible working and promote a healthy work life balance, provide occupational health support and an ambitious plan for a Wellbeing Centre of Excellence to support you at work.

Our Clinical Futures strategy continues to enhance and promote care closer to home as well as high quality hospital care when needed. This includes the Grange University Hospital which provides specialist and critical care and is the newest addition to the clinical futures strategy opening in November 2020. Join us on our journey to pioneer new ways of working and deliver a world-class healthcare service fit for the future.

Job description

Job responsibilities

OperationalCompetently interpret requests for photography / video to provide clinicians with high quality images for patient care, triaging, diagnostic, teaching, publication, and research purposes.Undertake clinical photography in accordance with departmental protocols and procedures, using standardised representational photography and non-standardised techniques.Undertake clinical photography to the highest standards, across a wide range of clinical specialties within the organisation.Undertake patient photography in a range of clinical settings, including clinics, on the wards, in operating theatres, and in the photography studio, adhering to the local standard operating procedures applicable to each clinical area.Ensure patient care, dignity and well-being is maintained during the photographic procedure.Adapt photographic practice to meet individual needs, including but not exclusively, cognitive disorders, cultural and religious considerations, physical and sensory impairments.Undertake clinical photography practice to ensure it adheres to national and local policies and legislation. Including but not exclusively, consent, confidentiality, copyright, and data protection, from the photographic request through to image storage and output.Competently and creatively handle non-clinical photography assignments e.g., PR photography, portraiture, and other forms of general photography, to support the organisations public relations, teaching, and research activities.Produce high quality digital images using advanced technical skills in computerised image editing, in accordance with departmental procedures, being aware of where there is a need for a defined audit trail.Contribute to the maintenance of quality control of own work and across the section.

CommunicationsUnderstand all relevant issues regarding patient consent and confidentiality for illustrative recordings and be able to provide advice about appropriate policies, techniques, and image management within the organisation.Ensure patients understand why photographs / video are being requested, the process of consent for imaging and how the recordings may be used and securely stored.Working as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team to deliver patient centred care.Advise clients, of all levels, on the most appropriate use of photography / clinical video techniques and resources.Liaise with clients and senior photographers, when appropriate, in interpreting photographic briefs to meet the needs of the client.Contribute to the development and implementation of protocols for clinical photography practice, including research projects.Assist the Head of Department / Photography in the forward planning, development, and promotion of the service as a whole and in the implementation of new technologies and techniques, as appropriate.To be conversant with modern trends in clinical, scientific, and technical photography and illustrative procedures and to keep abreast of technological development within the photographic field.

AdministrationMaintain confidential, accurate work records and contribute to the auditing of these records.Undertake day-to-day management of stock levels.

Ensure the cost-effective use of all departmental resources.To be responsible for planning own workload making short term adjustments in order to prioritise requests.Maintain membership of the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) voluntary accredited register for medical illustrators.Maintain an up-to-date CPD portfolio to satisfy the requirements of the AHCS accredited register for medical illustrators.

Leadership and TrainingAct as Team Leader in the absence of the Senior Photographer / Team Leader, making day-to-day operational decisions in conjunction with the Head of Department / Photography and other Senior Clinical Photographers.To assist in the on-job training of Trainee Clinical Photographers undertaking the Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), Clinical Photography Training Programme.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Knowledge


  • Possess an Honours degree or equivalent qualifications, in photography or a relevant media related subject that has a focus on photography. Alternatively, learners must have a minimum of two years' relevant professional photographic work experience.
  • Evidence of background research into the medical illustration profession and NHS.


  • Experience of work in a public/service environment.
  • Experience of work in a medical photography department.

Skills & Attributes


  • Demonstrate a good level of technical skill in digital photography.
  • Demonstrate photographic skills in different environments including studio and on location.
  • Demonstrate skills in composition and visual perception.
  • Show a good level of computer literacy, particularly with digital imaging software.
  • Demonstrate good communication skills in a variety of settings and with a range of people.
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrate organisational skills.
  • Show a desire for further personal and professional development and qualifications.


  • Demonstrate photography skills in a range of subject matter, e.g. still-life photography and portraiture. Demonstrate control of lighting on location and in the studio.
  • Welsh Language Skills are desirable levels 1 to 5 in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing in Welsh.

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