Clinical Scientist/Pre-Registrant Clinical Scientist

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


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Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team of Healthcare Scientists working in the Clinical Measurement and Engineering Unit of Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. This role involves working clinically with a range of teams in multiple specialities (ophthalmology, orthopaedics, anaesthetics) and consequently we're looking for a highly motivated person with excellent clinical, scientific and communication skills.

The role is based between two clinical services, visual electrodiagnostics (VED) and intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM). The post-holder will perform VED tests on patients in an outpatient environment and report these investigations clinically. Separately, they will also deliver intraoperative neuromonitoring for patients undergoing spinal surgery.

  • Interview Date 26/05/2022
  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week (we would consider applications from candidates who prefer to work part time)
  • 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.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be responsible for performing and reporting visual electrodiagnostic investigations such as visual evoked potentials and electroretinograms. For intraoperative neuromonitoring, we use multimodal techniques including somatosensory evoked potentials and transcranial motor evoked potentials. Training in some of these aspects of the role is expected to be required. Additionally, the post-holder will support service leads by reviewing referrals, and developing and maintaining procedures in the Department's quality system as we are seeking accreditation with the IQIPS scheme.

The ideal candidate will have completed the scientist training programme in neurophysiology, ophthalmic and vision science or clinical engineering. They will have experience of delivering clinical services and research and development projects, a good knowledge of anatomy, physiology and statistics, and be eager to work in a busy clinic.

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.

About us

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 theCQC 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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Contributes to the delivery of the service in their specialist area.
  • Supports the development, implementation and audit of clinical andorganisational 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.

Our service receives approximately 1000 referrals for VED and covers around 100 surgical lists annually. The role is based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne and part of the VED service is delivered at Sunderland Eye Infirmary in Sunderland. Travel between both sites is required.

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

Person Specification

Qualifications & Education


  • 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


  • Higher degree in a relevant subject

Knowledge & Experience


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Northern Regional Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering

317 Trustwide


Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

James Blake


Date posted

22 April 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7


£40,057 to £45,839 a year pro rata



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number


Job locations

Northern Regional Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering

317 Trustwide


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