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NHS Wales - Trainee Clinical Scientists (Medical Physics)

Band 6

Main area
Medical Physics
Band 6
Fixed Term for 3 years
37.5 Hours per week
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Employing organisations will be one of the Health Boards or Trusts in NHS Wales
NHS Wales Organisation
£26,566 to £35,578 per annum
25/03/2018 23:59

NHS Wales -Clinical Scientist Training Programme (STP)

Medical Physics

Exciting opportunities to use your science/engineering/IT degree for patient and public benefit


The NHS in Wales is offering salaried post-graduate training programmes for high calibre science graduates who are passionate about science and its role in patient care across a number of specialisms and locations throughout Wales. This advert is for the Medical Physics Theme.


Applications are invited for three Medical Physics (Radiotherapy Physics Specialism) training posts. One post will be based in South West Wales at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, and 2 posts based in South East Wales at the University Hospital of Wales and Velindre Hospital in Cardiff.


The training scheme in Medical Physics will follow the three year post-graduate MSC Scientist Training Programme (STP). Trainees will specialise in Radiotherapy Physics, and also rotate through other Medical Physics areas: Imaging with Ionising Radiation, Imaging with Non-Ionising Radiation and Radiation Safety. Mobility between training centres is required to gain the necessary experience. Trainees will also undertake a fully-funded part-time accredited MSc in Clinical Science, at Swansea University.


Successful candidates will be employed by either Abertawe Bro Morgannwg or Cardiff and Vale University Health Boards for the duration of their training.


The Swansea trainee will be based in the Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering Department at Singleton Hospital from where a range of scientific, technical and engineering services are supported through some 115 staff. Singleton Hospital hosts the South-West Wales Cancer Centre and is a constituent hospital of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) that covers a population of approximately 500,000 people and has a budget of £1.3 billion. The Health Board employs approximately 16,000 members of staff, 70% of whom are involved in direct patient care. Further information can be found at from where Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering will be found under the ‘A-Z Hospital Services’ link.


The two Cardiff based trainees will undertake training placements at the University Hospital of Wales, and Velindre Cancer Centre. Velindre NHS Trust provides cancer and blood services across South and Mid Wales through Velindre Cancer Centre and the Welsh Blood Service.


Velindre Cancer Centre ( specialises in the non-surgical treatment of cancer. It serves the 1.5m people who live in South East Wales, providing these services at its site in Whitchurch, Cardiff. Each year over 5,000 new cancer referrals are received for treatment, with over 4,000 of these receiving a course of radiotherapy. The Medical Physics department currently employs over 50 scientific, technical and engineering staff and provides a wide range of Radiotherapy Physics and Radiation Protection services to support and develop the facilities and services of VCC in its role as a specialist provider in Wales.


The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board provides a wide and unique range of services to the local population and wider-Wales.  The University Health Board is a centre of excellence for many areas, and employs some of the best clinicians in their field. The Health Board covers 7 hospital sites, including the University Hospital of Wales, University Hospital Llandough and the Children’s Hospital for Wales. Medical Physics is based at the University Hospital of Wales, and provides clinical and scientific services and support across multiple patient sectors within the Heath Board and surrounding region, including: nuclear medicine, radiopharmacy, vascular ultrasound, bone densitometry, laser surgery and ultraviolet therapy.


On completion of training, prospects for permanent employment within Wales are excellent. For individuals with aptitude and commitment there are opportunities to progress through the career pathway to Consultant Clinical Scientist. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are motivated to pursue their career in Medical Physics within Wales.


Further information about the careers available in the Physical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering can be found at the following NHS Careers website:


The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine is the professional body for UK medical physicists and clinical engineers and the following website will be useful:


You may apply for up to two specialisms. Your supporting information must be relevant to both specialisms if you chose to apply for more than one.

Interviews will be held on the 30th of April and 1st May at SWALEC Stadium Cardiff

Closing date for applications for all posts: Sunday 25th March 2017.


The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this role

Core principles

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Informal visits are encouraged and these should be arranged with Local Training Coordinators - Swansea: Dr S Ryde (; Cardiff: Prof G Lewis ( and Dr K Bryant (

For further information and an informal discussion please contact the above as appropriate.

If you have problems applying, contact

02920 905353