Trainee Healthcare Science Practitioner (Clinical Engineering) Degree Apprenticeship

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust - Lincoln County Hospital
Closing Date 3rd Mar 2020
Salary £19,000

Job Type Apprenticeship

Working Pattern 37.5 hours per week

About the Role…

Degree Apprentice: Trainee Healthcare Science Practitioner (Clinical Engineering)

We are looking for an aspiring engineer to join the team as a Degree Apprentice and to help continue to develop the systems already in place to a level of excellence.

This post is for someone educated to A-Level standard in a scientific discipline, wishing to study towards a career as a Clinical Engineer within a radiotherapy department.

As part of the Degree Apprenticeship, you will be in full-time professional employment, leaning in the workplace in a structured delivery pattern, supported by both the university and the Trust. You will complete a funded degree at University of West of England (UWE) Bristol as part of a level 6 apprenticeship resulting in a B.Sc.(Hons) in Healthcare Science (Clinical Engineering). The practical aspects of the training will be delivered mainly at Lincoln but with some short placements at other Hospitals and engineering disciplines in the East Midlands to broaden your knowledge base.

The training is for a three year period starting September 2020 to August 2023. Upon completion, it is expected that there will be an opportunity to apply for a permanent post at the end of this period.

What’s a Degree Apprenticeship…

Degree apprenticeships are a new type of programme offered by some employers and universities. Whilst employed, students can achieve a full bachelor's or master's degree as part of their apprenticeship, funded by the employer.

The programmes are developed by employers, universities, and professional bodies working in partnership, and offer a fantastic opportunity for students to earn and learn without the debt from the traditional university route.

Degree apprenticeships combine working with studying part-time at a university. Apprentices are employed throughout the programme, and spend part of their time at university and the rest with their employer.

About the Department…

Radiotherapy Physics is one of the Healthcare Science disciplines at Lincoln County Hospital. It provides a therapy service using complex equipment and software for the treatment of cancer. Over the last few years the department has had all new systems and we are looking to enhance the support provided for these systems through the new training scheme developed by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS).

Staffing in Radiotherapy is a mix of physicists, clinical technologists, engineers, radiographers, consultant oncologists and clerical staff working as a multidisciplinary team. The equipment includes a 4D CT scanner, three high energy linacs fitted with kilovoltage imaging which can be interlaced with the therapy radiation and an optical system for surface monitoring and motion management during treatments. We provide HDR and LDR brachytherapy which have their own planning systems. Our comprehensive quality assurance covers all the equipment and software and we are looking at working to the level of the new BS70000 standard.

The raft of equipment and the nascent links with the local University are providing opportunities for R&D.

We are keen to use the capabilities of all the new equipment to the full and in line with the NHS England Vision 2014-24. We are continuing to build the team which will respond to the challenges ahead.

About the Trust…

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country providing a comprehensive range of hospital based medical, surgical, paediatric, obstetric and gynaecological services to over 800,000 people across the county of Lincolnshire. We operate 4 hospital sites and deliver services in a range of other settings, employ around 7,800 staff, and have a turnover in excess of £400m per annum.

What we’re looking for…..

e.g. Qualifications, Experience, Behaviors

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to learn, and possesses the qualifications suitable to enroll with University of West of England for this course.
Interested candidates should be able to demonstrate an aptitude for engineering, and be able to commence the role from 31st August, in order to meet the University course dates.

Students currently undertaking A-Level examinations are encouraged to apply indicating their predicted grades. In these instances, a conditional offer may be given subject to actual grades.

Candidates MUST be able to commence in post from 31st August 2020.

For further information on requirements, please refer to the Job Description.


You will become an integral part of the team, within which we will support your personal and continued professional development through the funding of the MSc (Hons) Degree programme via the Apprenticeship.

The NHS also offers one of the most competitive benefits package with regards to Annual Leave, Pensions and a comprehensive range of NHS Discounts.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Please contact Martin Cawley 01522 572281 or Andrew Smith 01522 572250 to discuss this post or to arrange an informal visit.

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