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Apprentice Healthcare Scientist Neurophysiology

Employer
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Location
Leeds
Salary
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Profession
Healthcare scientist, Physiologist
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
This is an apprentice training post where the post holder is required to work towards and gain qualification, experience and knowledge in Clinical Neurophysiology whilst undertaking the role of Apprentice Clinical Physiologist. The post holder will be required to undertake training on the Healthcare Science Practitioner Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship offered by the University of Western England (UWE) in Bristol. This will be a 3 year fixed term position taught mainly via distance learning but with three residential block weeks per year held at the UWE campus. The post-holder will be responsible for performing a range of investigations under a graded supervision program which will be dependent on the apprentices progress throughout the 3 years. The majority of the post holders time is spent carrying out clinical work, with practical and theoretical tutorials alongside protected time for self-directed learning.

The post holder will receive a salary under the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Annex 21 (Arrangements for pay and banding of trainees).

The post holder performs all routine investigations on patients carried out by the department. The post-holder also carries out some investigations of a more advanced non-routine nature and assists more senior physiologists with specialist investigations.

Main duties of the job

Performs and interprets a range of neurophysiological investigations. These are performed on patients of all ages within the neurophysiology department, and in all ward areas, including intensive care units and neonatal units and high dependency units.

Investigations may be carried out at any other hospital sites within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

The physiologist should be able to perform:

Routine investigations without supervision

EEG routine

EEG portable

EEG with sleep deprivation+/- sleep

EEG during the administration of drugs/alternative activation procedures

Basic NCS (ie/ CTS/ULN)

Basic VER

Assist with EMG

Assist with Magnetic stimulation, cortical stimulation and intraoperative EMG

Assist with/Perform specialised Investigations with supervision

Ambulatory EEG

Long term Video Telemetry

WADA

MSLT

Extensive NCS

Perform ERG, SSEP and intraoperative SSEP

Record test results and inputs these results into computerised system for the majority of investigations and records observations of the patients clinical state.

Undertake some administrative duties. These include booking patient appointment, reception duties, organising transport for patients and the ability to manage the departmental filing system (paper and computerised)

Involved with the archiving of patient records (paper and computerised)

Responsible for stock control including ordering of stock.

About us

We are happy to announce that we have an exciting opportunity to join the team at the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology based at Leeds General Infirmary.

Our current vacancy is for a full time Apprentice Healthcare Scientist.

This is a fully funded and salaried degree apprenticeship (level 6) comprising of a 3 year structured training program of hospital based clinical work with academic elements taught through distance learning/block release at the University of Western England, Bristol. Upon successful completion the graduate will receive the award of BSc(Hons) in Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences).

At the end of the 3 years upon successful completion of the BSc and clinical competency assessments the apprentice will be eligible for application for a qualified Band 5 Healthcare Scientist/Clinical Physiologist position should the department have an opening.

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

The department of clinical neurophysiology is based on two sites, LGI and St Jamess and provides an extensive range of routine and highly specialised neurophysiology diagnostic procedures for patients of all ages from a range of specialties.

This is an apprentice training post where the post holder is required to work towards and gain qualification, experience and knowledge in Clinical Neurophysiology whilst undertaking the role of Apprentice Clinical Physiologist. The post holder will be required to undertake training on the Healthcare Science Practitioner Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship offered by the University of Western England (UWE) in Bristol. This will be a 3 year fixed term position taught mainly via distance learning but with three residential block weeks per year held at the UWE campus. The post-holder will be responsible for performing a range of investigations under a graded supervision program which will be dependent on the apprentices progress throughout the 3 years. The majority of the post holders time is spent carrying out clinical work, with practical and theoretical tutorials alongside protected time for self-directed learning.

The post holder will receive a salary under the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Annex 21 (Arrangements for pay and banding of trainees).

The post holder performs all routine investigations on patients carried out by the department. The post-holder also carries out some investigations of a more advanced non-routine nature and assists more senior physiologists with specialist investigations.

The post holder is expected to work closely and effectively with other physiologists, clinical staff and clerical staff within the department to ensure the delivery of a high-quality service.

The post holder interprets results and provides factual reports on investigations carried out.

The post holder participates in CPD and works toward developing more specialist neurophysiological competencies.

The post holder undertakes clinical supervision for trainees.

The post holder participates in the training of trainees and other professionals.

The post-holder participates in audit, research and development.

The post holder works as part of a team, of typically 7 physiologists. The department is responsible for providing a comprehensive clinical neurophysiology diagnostic service to patients of all ages from a wide range of specialities suffering from a wide variety of medical disorders. The service is provided across the trust, to GPs and other regional hospitals.

As part of this team the post-holder is responsible for performing a range of investigations.

The majority of the post holders time is spent carrying out clinical work. The remaining time is spent carrying out a variety of other duties, such as ordering of stock consumables.

The post-holder participates in the supervision and training of trainees and teaching of other professionals.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Clinical

Performs and interprets a range of neurophysiological investigations. These are performed on patients of all ages within the neurophysiology department, and in all ward areas, including intensive care units and neonatal units and high dependency units.

Investigations may be carried out at any other hospital sites within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

The physiologist should be able to perform:

Routine investigations without supervision

EEG routine

EEG portable

EEG with sleep deprivation+/- sleep

EEG during the administration of drugs/alternative activation procedures

Basic NCS (ie/ CTS/ULN)

Basic VER

Assist with EMG

Assist with Magnetic stimulation, cortical stimulation and intraoperative EMG

Assist with/Perform specialised Investigations with supervision

Ambulatory EEG

Long term Video Telemetry

WADA

MSLT

Extensive NCS

Perform ERG, SSEP and intraoperative SSEP

Record test results and inputs these results into computerised system for the majority of investigations and records observations of the patients clinical state.

Provide factual reports on basic neurophysiological investigations.

Participate with research and development programmes.

Participate in the emergency on call neurophysiology service.

Ensure careful and safe use of expensive complex equipment.

Responsible for reporting equipment faults and taking appropriate action.

Participate in audit.

Work within established policies and protocols.

Work within the trusts policies and protocols.

Work with the physiologists within the department to facilitate investigation of any complaint regarding the service.

Comment on proposed changes to procedures.

Undertake some administrative duties. These include booking patient appointment, reception duties, organising transport for patients and the ability to manage the departmental filing system (paper and computerised)

Involved with the archiving of patient records (paper and computerised)

Responsible for stock control including ordering of stock.

Education, Training and Development.

Supervise trainee staff.

Participate in the teaching and training of trainees and other professionals.

Ensure personal compliance with regards to mandatory, professional, and personal development.

It is anticipated that the post holder agrees, shortly after appointment, a career progression pathway to develop more advanced neurophysiology competencies to enhance professional development and to ensure progression in terms of employment

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • A Level grade C or above in Biology or Chemistry and a pass in another science subject.
  • GCSE Grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science
  • Knowledge of Neurophysiology to degree level and/or equivalent (working towards this as an apprentice)
  • Specialised in-service training as a trainee to attain relevant professional qualification (working towards this as an apprentice)
  • Practical experience to perform routine and non-routine neurophysiological investigations and procedures (working towards this as an apprentice)


Desirable

  • ECNE/ANS part 2
  • Teaching and training qualification.
  • Neurophysiology specialist courses
  • Post qualification training to enable assistance/performance of advanced techniques.


Experience

Essential

  • Knowledge of some advanced neurophysiological procedures.
  • Willingness to develop more specialist neurophysiological competencies.
  • Knowledge and ability to interpret routine neurophysiological investigation results.
  • Knowledge and ability to produce factual reports on investigations carried out.
  • Knowledge and ability to perform some more advanced non-routine investigations.


Desirable

  • Knowledge of advanced neurophysiological procedures.


Skills & behaviours

Essential

  • Patient focused
  • Ability to work alone and in a team.
  • Participates in CPD
  • Ability to cope and deal with occasional distressing conditions and situations


Additional Requirements

Essential

  • Manual dexterity, co-ordination and sensory skills for use of diagnostic equipment and placement of numerous electrodes.
  • Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post
  • Physically fit. (Able to walk long distances and move diagnostic equipment)


Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Address

St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street

Leeds

LS9 7TF

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C9298-NEU-094B

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