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Clinical Scientist/Pre-Registrant (GI Physiologist)

Band 7

Main area
317 NMPCE - Durham PMCI
Grade
Band 7
Contract
Fixed term: 32 months (Until 30 April 2025)
Hours
  • Full time
  • Part time
Working from 2 sites, UHND (Durham) and RVI (Newcastle)
Job ref
317-2022-24-37-DR
Site
Trustwide
Town
317 Trustwide
Salary
£40,057 - £45,839 pro rata, per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
03/07/2022 23:59
Interview date
11/07/2022

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for a GI Physiologist to join our team of Healthcare Scientists working in the Clinical Measurement and Engineering Unit of Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. Our service receives adult referrals from County Durham and the Newcastle upon Tyne area, performing over 300 patient investigations annually. The service operates at two sites, the University Hospital of North Durham in Durham City and the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Although travel between both sites will be required, this post will mostly be based at University Hospital North Durham.

We are highly motivated and wish to provide the highest standards of care. Our service is working towards achieving accreditation to the IQIPS quality standard, and our team actively participates in and leads clinical research projects.

  • Interview Date: 11th July 2022
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will primarily be responsible for performing and reporting oesophageal and anorectal investigations on patients using technologies including high resolution manometry, pH impedance studies, endoanal ultrasound and rectal sensitivities. Additionally, the post-holder will support the service lead by reviewing referrals, developing and maintaining procedures in the department’s quality system, and preparing activity reports.

A contribution to the department’s wider activities and its research, development and training activities is also encouraged. The post-holder is expected to hold, or to work towards and achieve, relevant professional registration, usually as a Clinical Scientist. Consequently, experience of physiological measurement, excellent patient handling and inter-personal skills, and an enthusiasm to extend one's knowledge and skills, are essential.

Applications are invited from candidates with a first or second class degree in a relevant science or engineering subject. The ideal candidate will have experience of contributing to clinical services and research and development projects, a good knowledge of anatomy, physiology and statistics, and be eager to work in a busy clinic.

Working for our organisation

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Contributes to the delivery of the service in their specialist area.
  • Supports the development, implementation and audit of clinical and
    organisational strategies within the Service via the quality management system.
  • Performs a range of advanced healthcare science activities.
  • Provide highly specialist advice and training to staff within own area and other professionals.
  • Actively involved in research and development projects.
  • Supervises and trains less experienced staff and trainees.

The GI physiology team has been expanding over recent years. This has been driven by a local need for an established GI physiology unit to provide a good quality service. We utilise some of the most advanced technical equipment available for GI physiology and all our testing procedures follow national and international guidelines. However, the patient experience always remains central to our values. Therefore, we work flexibly and adapt to patient needs.

We provide a supportive working environment and are keen to encourage our team to develop their future career. As a dynamic team we are therefore involved in numerous activities such as multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings, clinical research and teaching.

Person specification

Qualifications & Education

Essential criteria
  • First or second class honours degree in a relevant science or engineering subject.
  • Appropriate post-graduate degree at master’s level, or equivalent level of specialist knowledge
  • Registered Clinical Scientist, or working towards registration
Desirable criteria
  • Higher degree in a relevant subject

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Specialist in-depth knowledge o Relevant anatomy, physiology and pathology knowledge o Relevant legislation, standards and protocols including infection control o Understanding of the functioning and safe use of physiological measurement equipment
  • Experience of working with patients
  • Knowledge of Governance issues including ethical and regulatory considerations
  • Up to date knowledge of Trust policies and procedures regarding control of infection.
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge and experience of some of the clinical measurement services offered by the section: visual electro-diagnostic testing, intra-operative monitoring, gait analysis, microvascular assessment and GI physiology.
  • Experience of working under quality management systems.
  • Understanding of audit, quality assurance and calibration requirements.
  • Experience of performing, publishing & presenting research.
  • Knowledge of study design and medical statistics.
  • Experience in training and supervision of trainees.
  • Formal presentations at local, national or international meetings
  • Use of library and information resources to find, acquire and disseminate new knowledge
  • Leadership qualities.
  • Able to work independently within professional guidelines
  • Interested in working with children

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Strong IT skills including database and spreadsheet use.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other health professionals and patients.
  • Good time management and organisational skills.
  • Excellent patient and interpersonal skills
  • Able to work as part of multidisciplinary team.
  • Able to work independently under indirect supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to travel between service sites.
  • The ability to undertake complex calculation, data analysis and to issue reports on quantitative techniques
  • Ability to carry out research and development working as part of a team
  • Teaching, training and mentoring skills
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to technically report physiological investigations.
  • Ability to clinically report physiological investigations.
  • Clinical measurement skills.
  • Ability to interpret data, analyse problems and evaluate solutions by applying statistics
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Training, teaching & mentoring skills
  • Good report writing and presentational skills, including the production of scientific papers, reports and conference presentations
  • Ability to give technical advice to colleagues, senior clinicians and other professionals
  • Ability to carry out research and development working as part of a team

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Veteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant Gold AwardRIDI Awards Finalist 2021Stonewall Gold 2022

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Helen Parker
Job title
Lead Healthcare Scientist
Email address
helen.parker38@nhs.net
Telephone number
01919177230