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Clinical Scientist/Biomechanist Gait Laboratory

Employer
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Liverpool
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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An opportunity has arisen to join one of the largest CMAS accredited clinical Gait Laboratories in the country. The North West Movement Analysis Centre (N.W.M.A.C) is looking for a new Clinical Scientist / Biomechanist to support their current clinical scientist. N.W.M.A.C in a busy clinical Gait Lab seeing in excess of 600 patients per year. Both children and adults are tested with varying pathologies but the focus is on patients with cerebral palsy. We have a strong partnership with Liverpool John Moores University and so there is plenty of opportunity for research and development.

To carry out the assessment, data acquisition, data processing and data analysis of patients referred to the North West Movement Analysis Centre, with gait disorders due to conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders and trauma.

To be directly involved in the clinical decision-making process as part of the multidisciplinary team consisting of consultant orthopaedic surgeons, gait lab director, gait lab manager, physiotherapists, clinical scientists and biomechanist.

Main duties of the job

To carry out the assessment, data acquisition, data processing and data analysis of patients referred to the North West Movement Analysis Centre, with gait disorders due to conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders and trauma.

To be directly involved in the clinical decision-making process as part of the multidisciplinary team consisting of consultant orthopaedic surgeons, gait lab director, gait lab manager, physiotherapists, clinical scientists and biomechanist.

About us

We are committed to the delivery of outstanding care for our patients, are you?

As a world leader in healthcare and research we have built something amazing - a brand new Alder Hey in the park, a hospital for children, designed and inspired by children. Along with a radical and ambitious vision, the Children's Health Park is the future design of paediatric care and there's nothing like it anywhere in Europe.

We have already earned our place as one of the world's leading Children's hospitals, thanks to innovation and pioneering medical work. We treat 250,000 young patients a year and safely perform over 13,000 surgical procedures. Our catchment area has a population of over 7m, stretching from Cumbria, through Lancashire, Merseyside, most of Cheshire, parts of Shropshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

Children from virtually every part of the UK, and also from around the world, visit Alder Hey for specialist treatment. As a result, we are recognised as a Centre of Excellence for children with cancer, heart, spinal and brain disease and have been designated as a National center for craniofacial surgery and epilepsy surgery by the Department of Health

We are looking to recruit a motivated and committed Administrator for our Gait Lab department for 18.5 hours a week.

Our Gait Lab is a world class facility while our Spinal/Orthopaedic department boasts one of the largest and prestige's orthopaedic departments in the country.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical
  • To act in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct and Standards of practice set by the HCPC.
  • To maintain own clinical professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of any trends and developments and incorporate them as necessary into your work. Being responsible for maintaining written evidence within CPD portfolio.
  • To be an active member of the in-service training programme available via staff meetings, tutorials, training sessions, external courses and reflective practice by regular attendance and participation in the former including the delivery of presentations.
  • To participate in the staff appraisal scheme and personal development plan (PDP) as both appraiser and appraisee.
  • To ensure all work is done in an appropriate time scale and is of a meticulous standard.
  • To undertake the measurement and evaluation of work and current practices within the NWMAC through the use of evidence-based practise projects research and audit and outcome measures either individually, with colleagues or as part of a multi-agency team. Make recommendations for change within the laboratory.
  • To keep abreast of current developments within the field of motion analysis undertaking appropriate joint training initiatives with other laboratories within the UK and Europe.
  • To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other professional and agencies allied with NMWAC including BME and gait lab equipment manufacturers.
  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of Trust values, Clinical Governance and Risk Management and apply to the work situation.
  • To attend Mandatory Training and incorporate these within working practices.
  • To attend Child Protection training and work in accordance within the national guidelines.

Professional
  • To act in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct and Standards of practice set by the HCPC.
  • To maintain own clinical professional development (CPD) by keeping abreast of any trends and developments and incorporate them as necessary into your work. Being responsible for maintaining written evidence within CPD portfolio.
  • To be an active member of the in-service training programme available via staff meetings, tutorials, training sessions, external courses and reflective practice by regular attendance and participation in the former including the delivery of presentations.
  • To participate in the staff appraisal scheme and personal development plan (PDP) as both appraiser and appraisee.
  • To ensure all work is done in an appropriate time scale and is of a meticulous standard.
  • To undertake the measurement and evaluation of work and current practices within the NWMAC through the use of evidence-based practise projects research and audit and outcome measures either individually, with colleagues or as part of a multi-agency team. Make recommendations for change within the laboratory.
  • To keep abreast of current developments within the field of motion analysis undertaking appropriate joint training initiatives with other laboratories within the UK and Europe.
  • To communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other professional and agencies allied with NMWAC including BME and gait lab equipment manufacturers.
  • To demonstrate a sound understanding of Trust values, Clinical Governance and Risk Management and apply to the work situation.
  • To attend Mandatory Training and incorporate these within working practices.
  • To attend Child Protection training and work in accordance within the national guidelines.

Organisational
  • To be responsible for work within the NWMAC, as agreed with the Manager, and to plan and organise efficiently and effectively with regard to patients management and time management.
  • To support the Gait Lab manager in the day to day running of the gait lab.
  • To decide priorities for own work area, balancing patient related and professional demands, and ensure that these remain in accordance with those of the section as a whole.
  • To be aware of Health and Safety aspects of your work and implement any policies, which may be required to improve the safety of your work area, including your prompt recording and reporting of accidents and incidents (in line with policy), and ensuring that equipment use is safe.
  • To maintain accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date documentation, in line with legal and departmental requirements, and communicate assessment and treatment results to the appropriate parents/carers, internal and external agencies in the form of reports and letters in accordance with Trust Data Protection Policy.
  • To be actively involved in the collection of appropriate data and statistics for the use of the department and other specialist groups within the trust, and for national reporting.
  • To have knowledge of and comply with the organisational and departmental policies and procedures and to be involved in the reviewing and updating as appropriate.
  • To undertake any duties that might be considered appropriate by the gait lab manager/director.
  • Co-ordinate and organise in-service staff training, meetings, and internal/external courses.
  • Implement change to service delivery in response to quality initiatives in partnership with the gait lab manager/director.
  • All individuals will have some risk management responsibilities with which you are required to comply, for details of your responsibilities please refer to the current Risk management strategy which is available on the intranet and in the local strategies folder.


Person Specification

N/A

Essential

  • Evidence of in depth knowledge of motion analysis, theoretical and practical
  • Evidence of understanding of 3D motion analysis systems.
  • Experience with 3D gait analysis and signal processing.
  • Evidence of advanced knowledge in Excel, Matlab or equivalent programming languages (e.g., Python, etc.).


Desirable

  • Evidence of participation in research projects.
  • Presentation of research at National/International meeting
  • Attendance at basic gait analysis course


Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Eaton Road

Liverpool

L12 2AP

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411-SUR-23-5728991-A

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