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Trainee Clinical Photographer

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£27,461 to £33,428 a year Band 5 annex 21 (70% of the top of Band 5)
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
We are looking for three committed individuals seeking to get their careers as a clinical photographer off to a flying start, in the department of Medical Illustration at the University Hospital of Wales.

The successful candidates on this salaried scheme will undertake an 18 month, on-job training programme, designed to give trainee clinical photographers a sound knowledge and skill base from which to develop their career

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.

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 until 28/02/25 to meet the needs of the service.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well, and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac


Competently 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.


Understand 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.


Maintain 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.

Trainee Clinical Photographers (Band 5 Annex 21) will be working towards gaining experience and a clinical photography level 7 qualification, to enable them to be eligible to become a member of the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) voluntary medical illustrators register.

Maintain an up-to-date CPD portfolio to satisfy the requirements of the AHCS accredited register for medical illustrators.

Person Specification



  • 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.


  • Awareness of the current professional issues.



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



  • Demonstrate a good level of technical skill in digital photography.
  • Demonstrate photographic skills in different environments including studio and on location.
  • 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.
  • Show a desire for further personal and professional development and qualifications.
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a member of a team and good organisational skills.


  • 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.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


University Hospital of Wales

Heath Park


CF14 4XW

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