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Advanced Healthcare Science Practitioner / Clinical Scientist


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Full time
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£30,401 - £43,772 per annum pro rata
19/03/2020 23:59

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital are searching for two Band 6/7 Healthcare Scientist passionate about neurophysiology. The roles are suitable for newly qualified STP staff, or those more experienced who are looking for an opportunity to develop their skills and extend their role.

You need the ability to work collaboratively within our conscientious and supportive multidisciplinary team, including supporting services at satellite hospitals. You will require a BSc in Clinical Physiology or equivalent qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology with professional body exams (ANS EEG and EP/NCS). For a band 7 position we additionally require at least 3 years clinical experience post qualification up to master’s level or STP MSc Neurophysiology qualification. Professional registration with RCCP or HCPC is essential for both roles.

The Neurophysiology Department is based at the main Wonford site in Exeter and provides satellite services at neighboring Torbay Hospital and North Devon District Hospital. We have a range of healthcare science practitioners and clinical scientists and two support workers. Following a period of time with no resident consultant, we have been fortunate to employ two enthusiastic Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologists and are developing and expanding our services. Whatever your interest, there is ample opportunity to develop extended skills and engage in clinical audit/research. We are currently pursuing UKAS accreditation through IQIPS.

We provide a wide range of neurophysiological investigations:

EEG: A range of IP/OP EEG including ambulatory EEG/VT for adults and children, with strong links with our paediatric colleagues and involvement in epilepsy MDT meetings. Collaboration with neurology includes a sleep service incorporating polysomnography, MSLT and MWT, investigation of psychogenic seizures and developing a continuous EEG monitoring service on ITU. With experience, HCS staff also undertake the clinical reporting of HCS led NCS studies, sleep studies, EEGs and provide verbal opinions on a range of EEG investigations.

EPs: The West of England Eye Unit provides an excellent environment in which to gain or expand experience with electrodiagnostic investigations such as pattern and flash VEP and ERG, multifocal ERG, EOG on adults and paediatrics – the neurophysiology team work collaboratively with ophthalmologists to provide this service. HCS staff undertake and clinically report SEPs, including ITU cases. The department also provides a spinal monitoring service alongside orthopaedics, interpreting real-time SEP and MEP intra-operatively; frEMG is being developed.

NCS: The department offers a well-established HCS-led nerve conduction service incorporating performing and clinical reporting of carpal tunnel, ulnar and peripheral neuropathy investigations (dependent on experience).

The department is in the process of replacing both EEG and EMG equipment, providing the most up-to date software, including quantitative EEG analysis (Persyst) and SCORE. EEG equipment is Xltek and includes a variety of routine, portable, video telemetry and home VT devices. NCS/EMG and EP equipment is Natus Synergy, we use a Cadwell IOM system and our visual EDT equipment is supplied by Diagnosys.

If you are interested, would like more information, or to arrange an informal visit please contact Lesley Chandra, Lead Clinical Scientist on 01392 402456 or email

Our vision is to provide safe, high quality seamless services delivered with courtesy and respect. To achieve our vision we expect all our staff to uphold our Trust values. Our Trust values are: Honesty, Openness & Integrity Fairness Inclusion & Collaboration Respect & Dignity

***Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.***





Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

Lesley Chandra 01392 402456

If you have problems applying, contact

Personnel Reception
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust
Barrack Road
01392 403936 or 403758

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