Senior Lead Technician - Clinical Engineering (XR06)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have a vacancy for an enthusiastic and motivated specialist technician to play a key supporting role in the care and maintenance of Renal dialysis equipment, large Reverse osmosis units and several portable Reverse osmosis units across 9 sites and at present 25 home patients. The job will be based at St. James hospital but will necessitate working across other sites.

You will have a degree or equivalent qualifications in electronic engineering with knowledge of medical electronics, procedures and practice, underpinned by specific equipment training. You will either be a registered technologist or able to achieve this within the first year of appointment. Due to the nature and size of the service you will require a full driving licence and be expected to take part in an on call service when suitably qualified. Consideration will be given to candidates not qualified under AFC Annex 21.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the role include:

Repair and Maintenance of sophisticated electronic / electromechanical medical devices in a range of clinical environments.

Lifecycle management of medical devices - procurement, acceptance, support and decommissioning.

Trust medical device compliance management.

Hazard and Field Safety management of medical devices.

Monitoring of Regulatory compliance of medical devices.

Managing medical devices loaned to the Trust.

Participation in the department's quality management system.

Some elements of user training.

Working with clinical users to diagnose faults with devices in hospital and clinical settings.

About us

Clinical Engineering is part of the Medical Physics department in Leeds Teaching Hospital's NHS Trust. Clinical Engineering is split into four service teams and reception under one service manager and also a contracts and compliance team under another service manager. Clinical Engineering also has sections for renal technical and rehabilitation engineering support.

Clinical Engineering has input to all aspects of the Renal clinical service in terms or medical device support and work with our fleet of 200 dialysis machines across 9 sites throughout West Yorkshire

Our Trust in one of the largest in the UK operating across five main sites with a common ethos to how we work and behave, 'The Leeds Way'. The Trust has programmes and benefits to support its employees from a subsidised gymnasium to lease car schemes.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Job Title: Senior / Lead Technician, Medical Engineering

Reports to: Team Leader

Band: 6

Department: Department of Medical Physics & Engineering

Location St Jamess University Hospital / Leeds General Infirmary

AfC Job No: 460a


The Medical Physics & Engineering departments responsibilities include the management of an extensive range of highly specialist medical equipment and related services throughout the Trust, as well as community and private healthcare institutions. The range of equipment includes but is not limited to patient monitoring & life support equipment, surgical systems, anaesthesia systems, ventilators, infusion devices, renal dialysis, ultrasound, x-ray, radiotherapy and medical laboratory equipment.

Teams of technical officers deliver these services and the incumbent is a senior member of one of these teams, responsible to its Team Leader. He/she may be required to deputise for the team leader during short periods of absence (with the exception of personnel and financial management duties), and take responsibility for managing specific additional tasks such as calibrating test equipment or organising technical service manuals etc. The senior technician will be expected to work closely and effectively with other technical and clinical staff in the specialist clinical areas for which the team is responsible, to ensure delivery of a high quality service. The post may be based at either St Jamess University Hospital or the Leeds General Infirmary.

Work in a team, jointly responsible for the repair and maintenance of several thousand items of medical equipment.

Provide technical support to medical, nursing and laboratory staff.

Responsible for the safe servicing, repair, calibration, storage and handling of expensive specialist medical equipment (individual values range from �1000 to over �100,000).

Identifies, specifies and orders spare parts and accessories for own work and that of trainees.

Responsible for maintaining the equipment inventory database by recording own work and own measurements on medical equipment.

Prioritise breakdown calls and preventative maintenance tasks using knowledge of clinical need, accessibility, loan equipment availability etc.

Supervises trainee staff, provides technical support to non-specialists and provides specialist advice to other technical staff on difficult fault finding and repair issues in their area of specialism.

Evaluate new equipment as part of equipment purchasing strategy.

Carry out commissioning and acceptance testing on new medical equipment.

Carry out authorised modifications to medical equipment.

Investigate and writes technical reports on equipment involved in clinical incidents.

Propose changes to operational policies that may impact on own area and other professions.

Write technical procedures for the departmental quality management system in area of own speciality using word processor, spread sheet etc.

Takes part in the out of hours on call rota.

Takes part in project work as and when required.


Deputises for the Team leader during short periods of absence, (with the exception of personnel and financial management duties).

Work is guided by departmental procedures, quality manual documents and national recommendations.

Proposes changes to policies, operating manuals & sits on working groups when required.

Responsible for the safe service, repair and calibration of highly complex medical equipment for use in clinical diagnosis, treatment and life support of patients.

Uses own judgement to determine suitability of equipment (in terms of patient safety) for clinical use, undertakes risk assessments.

Takes lead responsibility for specialist equipment such as anaesthetic machines, ventilators, point of care testing, x-ray imaging systems, ultrasound equipment etc.

Travel to other hospitals, health centres and patients homes as necessary for the execution of work.


Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values

Additionally, the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:

The beliefs and attitudes that underpin effective performance within the job role. Emphasis should be on the requirements of the role not the individual when completing this section. Examples might include: quality focus, mistakes are used as a continual learning experience, honesty, integrity etc.

The Trust has a statutory duty to involve patients and public in evaluating and planning services. All staff have a responsibility to listen to the views of patients and to contribute to service improvements based on patient feedback.

The jobholder should respect patient confidentiality at all times and not divulge patient information unless sanctioned by the requirements of the role.


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT), a collaborative of the NHS hospital trusts from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate working together to provide the best possible care for our patients.

By bringing together the wide range of skills and expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate we are working differently, innovating and driving forward change to deliver the highest quality care. By working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust this is your opportunity to be a part of that change.

WYAAT is the acute sector arm of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, one of the largest integrated care systems in the country. The Partnerships ambition is for everyone to have the best possible health and wellbeing, and the work of WYAAT, and each individual trust, supports that ambition.


The jobholder must comply at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Infection Control policies, in particular by practising Universal Infection Control Precautions. Hand hygiene must be performed before and after contact with patients and their environment.


All staff are responsible for working with their colleagues to maintain and improve the quality of services provided to our patients and other service users. This includes complying at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Policies, including Health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed security and safer working procedures, and reporting incidents using the Trust Incident Reporting system


The jobholder must comply with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment and that services are delivered in ways that meet the individual needs of patients and their families. No person whether they are staff, patient or visitor should receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.


The jobholder must take responsibility in agreement with his/her line manager for his/her own personal development by ensuring that Continuous Professional Development remains a priority. The jobholder will undertake all mandatory training required for the role.


Communicates with team members and other Medical Physics teams.

Develops effective working relationships with clinical staff in specialist areas for which the team is responsible.

Discusses complex equipment faults and technical issues with equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

Negotiates and persuades own / other staff and suppliers for example to meet performance targets, arrange release of medical equipment for servicing etc.

Conveys technical information to non-technical staff.

Provides training and instruction to clinical users.

Discuss service needs with clinicians & nursing staff both within the Trust and within community and private healthcare.



Travels to patients homes, other Trust sites and to other health care providers such as private hospitals, health centres and G.P surgeries.

Need to move equipment weighing up to 15Kg, typically two or more times a week.

Need to move equipment weighing 2 to 5 Kg several times a day.

Occasional requirement to move heavy equipment from wall mountings for service / repair.

Repetitive equipment testing sometimes required.

Occasional working in awkward positions


Concentration on planned maintenance & fault finding

Interruptions from emergency requests for repairs


Works on patient connected equipment under pressure in tense atmosphere in difficult areas such as operating theatres during surgery and at ICU bedside often with distressed relatives present (typically 2-3 times per week).


Carries out work on mains powered electronic systems, often live and working in awkward positions.

Work on high-pressure gas systems

Daily exposure to noise, solvents, dust, clinical excretions, blood, medical gasses and x-rays.

Occasional exposure to laser emissions when fault finding

Person Specification

Skills & Behaviours


  • Proven ability to interpret complex facts, analyse and fault find on highly complex multi-faceted items of specialist medical equipment.
  • Manual dexterity, accurate hand-eye co-ordination for use and manipulation of precision hand tools in the repair of micro-electronic printed circuit boards and delicate precision mechanical assemblies
  • High level of computer literacy including the use of word processing and spread sheet software.


  • Computer information systems and network infrastructure understanding.



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