Within Christie Medical Physics and Engineering (CMPE), we have healthcare scientists, healthcare science practitioners (often called technologists) and clinical engineers working as a large team. There are admin support roles, and we are looking at healthcare science associate/assistant roles to expand the entry level posts within the career/workforce structure.
Check out the ‘Medical physics roles’ heading of the Diagnostic radiology and radiation protection section of the CMPE website for more information on roles and competence in this area of the medical physics workforce.
CMPE often have vacancies which are advertised on our Christie jobs website section.
The job description usually states if we need specific academic qualifications and experience in the field, or if we are open to taking in applicants with relevant skills and provide them with on-the-job training to equivalent qualifications/registration.
We support continued professional development and have a large scope of training opportunities within the profession due to The Christie’s advanced clinical services and the large regional medical physics service, which turns 50 years old in 2022.
We always need caring, hardworking, team players to ensure patient centric services can be delivered in Manchester and across the North West.
We have a 2-month long, paid summer work experience placement. This is an excellent route into the profession and allows wider awareness of the field for successful candidates such that they can be sure this is the profession for them.
Our work experience placements were paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we anticipate running the scheme in 2023. We will advertise the work experience placements on NHS Jobs and interview applicants before offering those successful a place.
Healthcare science (HCS) assistant → HCS associate → HCS practitioner → specialist HCS practitioner → advanced HCS practitioner/team lead → HCS practitioner service management
Often HCS practitioners can be trained on the job. A STEM degree will be expected but it is not necessary to have experience working in the field for entry level posts. It’s a good idea to be aware of the profession and field you are applying for, so you know what the role is and are committed to the role with development requirements. This could be through shadowing or work experience.
It is expected that HCS practitioners work towards registration with The Register of Clinical Technologists. This can be through a formal IPEM training scheme (CMPE are accredited to support this training path) or through equivalence for those with experience in the field.
There is a national Practitioner Training Programme (PTP), and you can often undertake this through an apprenticeship route. This is an excellent opportunity to earn while you learn and keep your student debt down.
Gaining an opportunity in this role is currently through advertised jobs from The Christie. You may be able to get jobs outside the North West through other NHS training centres. You may also be able to gain the associated academic degree and then apply for a post at The Christie having increased your employability through gaining qualification/experience.
There are currently relevant degrees in medical physics offered by:
- University of the West of England – Healthcare Science Practitioner (Medical Physics Technology) - Current higher and degree apprenticeships
- BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Medical Engineering)
- BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Nuclear Medicine)
- BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Radiation Physics)
- BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Radiotherapy Physics)
HCS graduate trainee → HCS (registered with the Health and Care Professions Council) → specialist HCS and expert roles → consultant HCS
We take about 10 graduate trainees onto the scientific training programme (STP) each year through the national programme. We support radiotherapy, radiation safety, imaging (Ionising) and imaging (non-ionising).
See the NHS careers website for more info on these roles:
See the Scientist Training Programme for more information about how to apply.
An alternative route to registration as a clinical scientist is via route 2 on the IPEM scheme after securing a post. This is likely to be suitable for those with relevant skills and experience in the field rather than someone starting from no relevant knowledge, where STP would be better.
CMPE deliver the HSST national programme with The University of Manchester. We put several our employees across the disciplines through this programme each year.
- See the national website for more information about the Higher Specialist Scientist Training programme.
CMPE offer a Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship route to become a clinical engineer. The degree is funded via the Apprenticeship Levy and lasts 4.5 years.
You will attend university on a day release basis whilst gaining priceless work experience for the rest of week. At the end of the degree course, you will have a BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering along with vital experience repairing and maintaining radiotherapy medical devices such as linear accelerators and CT scanners. You would then be eligible for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status with the Engineering Council UK and would also apply for the Register of Clinical Technologists via the equivalence route.
We have an outreach email if you want to get in touch for more information: email@example.com
See the IPEM career information webpage for more information.
You can also read more on The College of Radiographers career information page. Please note that we often interchange HCS practitioner roles with radiographers.