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Healthcare Scientist Associate Cardio-Respiratory Apprentice Level 4

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
£16,787 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will be undertaking a full-time training programme within the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) over a 27-month training period. It is also an exciting opportunity to work in the new Community Diagnostic Spoke and Hub in the heart of the Halifax and Huddersfield communities.

The training will be delivered through formal education via an external provider (Sheffield College), and in-house on the job training. The post holder will receive 20% off the job training to fulfill the apprenticeship standard.

The post holder will contribute to the efficiency of the Cardio-Respiratory service once fully trained by competently carrying out Electrocardiograms (ECG), Ambulatory ECG monitoring, Ambulatory Blood Pressure monitoring, Spirometry, Lung Function, Pulse Oximetry, Capillary Blood Gas measurements, and venepuncture within various healthcare settings within CHFT. In addition, the post-holder will assist the clinical physiologist in performing and recording various advanced Cardio-Respiratory investigations. In addition, they will be an integral part of the departmental team and will assist in the patient's journey within the Cardiorespiratory department.

They will be involved in providing direct and indirect care for patients and will support clerical administration when needed.

There is an expectation that the apprentice will need to commit to self-directed study and successfully complete the training programme within the contract period.

Main duties of the job

As an apprentice all tasks will be under direct supervision until competency through formal assessment is achieved.

The post holder will carry out all the Cardio-Respiratory procedures associated with this grade . The individual will be trained to perform, analyse, and interpret test results and provide a factual diagnostic report for each procedure:
  • To perform routine and urgent electrocardiograms (ECGs)
  • To perform routine and urgent spirometry and routine lung function tests
  • To record, interpret, and report ECGs, routine spirometry, and pulse oximetry.
  • To perform automatic and manual Blood Pressures.
  • To fit, record, analyse, and produce factual reports on 24 hour ECG Ambulatory Monitoring and 24 hour blood pressure Ambulatory Monitoring.
  • To fit cardiac device monitors and produce a report.
  • To carry out and perform venepuncture on patients when required.
  • To carry out and perform Blood Gas measurements.
  • To comply and complete all requirements of the apprenticeship programme.
  • To contact clients directly to give advice, explanation of test procedures i.e., cardiac event recordings.
  • To carry out the day to day maintenance and fault analysis of departmental equipment and to report such faults to senior staff.
  • To use own judgment and inform medical teams of untoward reports in a timely and appropriate manner. These reports will have a direct effect on patient care.

About us

We employ more than 6,500 staffwho deliver compassionate care from our two main hospitals,Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary as well as in community sites, healthcentres and in patients' homes. We also are incredibly proud to have almost 150 volunteers here at CHFT.

We provide a range of services including urgent and emergency care medical surgical maternity gynaecology critical care children's and young people's services end of life care and outpatient and diagnostic imaging services.

We provide community health services, including sexual health services in Calderdale from Calderdale Royal and local health centres. These include Todmorden Health Centre and Broad Street Plaza.

We continue to modernise and invest in our health services to build on our strong reputation.Foundation trusts are public leaders in improving quality in health services. They are part of the NHS- yet decisions about what they do and how they do it are driven by independent boards. Boardslisten to their Council of Governors and respond to the needs of their members - patients, staff andthe local community.

Foundation trusts provide what the health service wants, yet are also free to invest quickly in thechanges to the local community needs, in striving to be the best, and in putting their patients first.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be trained to record and produce factual written or verbal reports on routine ECGs, Ambulatory ECG Monitoring, Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring, Cardiac device monitors, Spirometry, Routine Lung function, and Pulse Oximetry.
  • To carry out venepuncture and blood gas measurements.
  • To be trained to act as an assisting physiologist during exercise tolerance testing, assisting with clinical decision making during the procedure, always ensuring the safety of the patient. Interpreting the clinical signs and acting appropriately.
  • To be trained to assist with advanced Cardio-Respiratory investigations identified by the service needs.
  • To be trained in basic life support
  • To plan, prioritise and organise personal daily workload for clinical workload
  • Communicates test results/clinical information to patients, relatives, medical professionals, and other HC providers.
  • Enters personally generated test reports/ clinical results into the cardiorespiratory electronic systems.
  • To be assessed and to maintain competences in the above.
  • Advises team leader of change benefits to procedures/new techniques.
  • Will be involved in local clinical trials, research projects, and audit.
  • Safe and appropriate use of specialised clinical / test equipment.
  • To carry out the day-to-day maintenance and fault analysis of departmental equipment. Reports faults to medical electronics / manufacturer.
  • Orders stock as required.
  • To assist with the training of developing Healthcare Scientist Assistant Apprentices Level 2.
  • Provide a friendly and efficient service to our customers.
  • Assists in, and accumulates data for, use of in audit and performance monitoring as necessary.
  • To carry out any other duties, which in future may be deemed commensurate with this grade.

Person Specification



  • GCSE Maths and English Grade C or equivalent
  • GCSE Science Qualification Grade C or equivalent



  • To be committed to completing the Level 4 apprenticeship within 27 months
  • Evidence of practical experience of working within a team
  • A willingness to undertake any training or development associated with the role
  • To comply with all training requirements of the Level 4 apprenticeship and complete practical competencies
  • Insight into roles and responsibilities of the post
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a caring profession


  • Demonstrable experience of working in a healthcare setting
  • To be trained in Basic Life Support / ILS
  • Is aware of Infection and Prevention Control measures in a hospital setting



  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Professional approach, friendly, confident, and motivated
  • Ability to prioritise work
  • Demonstrates empathy and emotional intelligence

Employer details

Employer name

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust


Calderdale Royal Hospital




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