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Apprentice Radiation Engineer Technologist

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year Annex 21
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
Job summary


University Hospitals of Leicester have fantastic opportunities for ambitious individuals to join one of the biggest and busiest NHS Trusts in the country. Serving the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, we have opportunities to work with experienced staff and develop your future career.

To qualify for the apprenticeship role the minimum criteria is:-
  • that you must have GCSE in English and Maths
  • you do not have a degree/higher qualification
  • have not completed an apprentice programme in the past

Do you enjoy working with state of the art equipment?

Are you someone who has an A-Level Grade C or above in a Science Subject (Chemistry, Biology), and an A Level pass in another science subject (or equivalent), and GCSEs at Level 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science?

Do you want to get paid to do a degree?

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join our dynamic, supportive Radiotherapy engineering team based at Leicester Royal Infirmary in an apprenticeship role. As an apprentice, you will be working towards achieving the skills, knowledge and behaviours to fulfil that role, supporting the Radiotherapy treatment of cancer patients.

The appointment will be made at Annex 21 of Agenda for Change Band 5.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone to invest in for the long term, who wants to stay in Leicester and enjoy a fulfilling career where every day is different and you are directly impacting on and contributing to the care of cancer patients in the region.

The Level 6 apprenticeship lasts a minimum of 36 months and will provide an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to learn fundamental techniques to fault-find, service and maintain the Linear Accelerators, CT scanners, Brachytherapy and Orthovoltage treatment units, and associated equipment, which use ionising radiation safely and effectively for cancer treatment.

We will support you to gain a B.Sc. (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Clinical Engineering) at the UWE, Bristol and provide you with practical training locally. This is an opportunity for a motivated individual to enter a field that is extremely short of trained workers, with the aim of ensuring that you are eligible to join the Register of Clinical Technologists at the end of the training period.

About us

We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS trusts in the country, incorporating the General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals. We have our very own Children's Hospital and run one of the country's leading heart centres.

Our team is made up of more than 17,000 staff providing a range of services primarily for the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We work with partners at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University providing world-class teaching to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to spend their working lives with us.

Our purpose is to provide 'Caring at its best' and our staff have helped us create a set of values that embody who we are and what we're here to do. They are:We focus on what matters mostWe treat others how we would like to be treatedWe are passionate and creative in our workWe do what we say we are going to doWe are one team and we are best when we work together

Our patients are at the heart of all we do and we believe that 'Caring at its best' is not just about the treatments and services we provide, but about giving our patients the best possible experience.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The technical support section of the Radiotherapy Department provides technical and engineering services in support of high-risk radiotherapy. The section also provides electronics Research & Development expertise, including design services and small scale integrated manufacturing facilities for clinical electronics projects. The highly trained staff gives comprehensive advice on scientific and technical aspects of medical technology applied to radiotherapy.

The section has a prime role to ensure that highly complex Linear Accelerators (Linacs) and other Radiotherapy equipment operate safely and effectively with a minimum of downtime for the benefit of patients, clinical staff and the Trust, achieved by maintaining and repairing the equipment, which currently includes 4 linear accelerators, 2 CT scanners and1 superficial radiotherapy unit.

The Post holder will develop highly specialised technical expertise founded on formal training and in-depth experience of fault diagnosis on Linacs and other types of radiotherapy treatment machines. The Post holder will work in a supported learning environment to undertake a development programme leading to a National Standard as part of an apprenticeship programme. Key aspects of the job are to:
  • Gain a Healthcare Science Practitioner (Clinical Engineering) Degree, BSc(Hons) during a 3 year apprenticeship programme, via a part-time degree course in the University of the West of England, Bristol
  • Gain experience and competence in the technical and engineering support to a radiotherapy service including scheduled maintenance, emergency and planned repair, calibration and quality assurance (QA) checks of specialist, high value radiation treatment and associated equipment within a hospital environment.
  • To achieve registration with the Register of Clinical Technologists (RCT) upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Person Specification

Commitment to trust values and behaviours


  • Demonstrate consistent behaviours

Training and qualifications


  • GCSE Grade C/Level 4 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. Equivalent qualifications or professional experience may also be accepted.


  • IT Certificate or Qualification (ECDL, BTEC etc)



  • No formal experience in a work environment in an employed capacity is required, however; Evidence of good written skills
  • Good communication skills Able and willing to follow instruction and learn new tasks Experience of working flexibly as part of a team
  • Ability to work on own initiative when/where appropriate
  • Understanding of when to seek advice and refer to senior professionals
  • Basic working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Willing to learn and to take responsibility for their own development
  • Able to attend work at the required times
  • A commitment to completing the apprenticeship end point assessment (EPA)

Analytic and Judgement skills


  • Understanding of Confidentiality & Data Protection Act
  • Able to act on own initiative as well as follow instructions

Planning and organisation skills


  • Be flexible in working arrangements to be able to cover the demands of the service
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise
  • Able to work under pressure

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


  • Able to demonstrate a commitment and understanding of the importance of treating all individuals with dignity and respect appropriate to their individual needs.


  • Awareness of Equality & Valuing Diversity Principle

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358- 5210219-CHU

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