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Band 8a Lead Clinical Scientist

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS FT
Selly Oak
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an highly experienced Clinical Scientist to lead our Clinical Science team within the Access to Communication and Technology Service.

The post-holder will work within three clinical caseloads relating to Electronic Assistive Technology (EAT): people with severe physical disabilities who may need Environmental Control (EC) or computer access and people with communication and language difficulties who may need Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC). l

The post holder will need to work independently and travel widely within the West Midlands region and therefore being a car driver is essential.

Do you have the skills required to join our team? We are looking for a highly driven Health Care Scientist who is enthusiastic and motivated to work with us! Significant experience in working with EC and or AAC is essential.

Access to Communication and Technology is a specialist electronic assistive technology service, which is based at the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6JA. We are aservice made up of clinicians (Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapists, Health Care Scientists and assistants), technicians, stock and admin staff providing specialist assessment, set up, provisionand maintenance of electronic assistive technology to meet the needs of children and adults who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Environmental Control (EC).

Main duties of the job

Provide professional and clinical leadership for all Healthcare Science staff, technical services Lead and indirectly the technical and stock teams in the ACT Service. This will include day to day supervision, setting objectives and priorities, monitoring/reviewing performance, absence management, recruitment and conducting appraisals.

Use highly developed Health Care Science skills alongside Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) staff within the interdisciplinary team assessing people referred to the service with EC/computer access and AAC needs, in accordance with the ACT EC/AAC clinical competencies.
  • Provide Healthcare Science professional leadership across the West Midlands in the specialist area of Environmental control (EC), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Computer access and technological integration, in accordance with NHS England Service Specification DO1/S/c and D01/S/b
  • Identify, lead and or participate in service improvement initiatives and projects within ACT, the Trust and nationally for EC and AAC. This may include specific projects for individual patients, research, audit, as well as procedure development.
  • To be an active part of the ACT leadership team and deputise for the ACT service lead when necessary.

About us

Be Part of Our Team...

BCHC has more than 5000 staff working across Birmingham and the West Midlands in a wide range of community nursing and specialist healthcare roles. BCHC delivers over 100 clinical services, in people's homes, health centres, clinics and inpatient facilities. We deliver a wide range of services for children, young people and families as well as adults and community services, two community hospitals, services for people with learning disabilities, the internationally recognised West Midlands Rehab Centre and one of Europe's leading Dental Hospitals and School of Dentistry. We deliver all of this with a commitment to integrated, personalised care that is rooted in our local communities. We have an ambition to deliver outstanding, integrated care as one of the key NHS providers in the West Midlands.

If you want to 'Be Part of Our Team' and work with a Foundation Trust which is continuously striving for best care and healthy communities, we want to hear from you.


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Job description

Job responsibilities

For further details on the main responsibilities, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Degree or equivalent in a relevant Clinical Science/ Engineering/Physics discipline (e.g Biomedical Engineering, Electronics, Medical Physics etc)
  • Masters or equivalent in a relevant Clinical Science/ Engineering/Physics discipline (e.g Biomedical Engineering, Electronics, Medical Physics etc)
  • Registered, as a Clinical Scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Full Member, or eligible for full membership, of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)


  • Qualification in Electronic design



  • Extensive experience within the NHS or other Health Service provider.
  • Significant Experience of delivering an Assistive Technology system. and/or devices
  • Product design and development including software, electronic, electrical and mechanical design
  • Computer hardware assembly and software installation with a good understanding of methods for resolving system conflicts


  • Previously managed technical staff/ HCS staff
  • Managed a stock controlled environment
  • Experience of powered wheelchair control systems



  • Extensive Knowledge of Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Environmental Control, computers, computer peripheral equipment and software for available to assist people with disabilities



  • Able to meet the regional travel requirements of the role.

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS FT


West Midlands Rehab Centre

91 Oak Tree Lane

Selly Oak


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