Other Clinical Opportunities
Other Clinical Opportunities
At Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust we offer a range of roles working in a clinical environment in Allied Health Professionals, Scientific & Technical and Healthcare Science roles to deliver high-quality care.
Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)
The Allied Health Professions (AHPs) are the third largest workforce in the NHS. In the main they are degree level professions, and are professionally autonomous practitioners. The 14 roles are:
- Art therapists
- Drama therapists
- Music therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Operating department practitioners
- Prosthetists and orthotists
- Speech and language therapists
For more information on these roles click here.
Professional Scientific & Technical
We offer a variety of professional, scientific and technical roles across the Trust including Chaplains, Clinical psychologists, Optometrists and Pharmacists.
Healthcare scientists make a real difference to patients every day and they are involved in 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS. They are also involved in developing some of the most amazing clinical and technological advancements.
Healthcare Scientist case studies
Kelly Bill – Neurophysiology
"Hello my name is Kelly Bill I am a clinical scientist working within the field of Neurophysiology.
In 1994 I started working as a trainee Neurophysiology Technologist at City Hospital in Birmingham - this still only feels like yesterday! 28 years later and I am the Clinical Service Manager at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals. Over this time, I have worked through the many changes and challenges that have faced Neurophysiology and the NHS over the years.
When people ask how did you get into neurophysiology, the answer is simple, by accident. I think it’s fair to say this is probably the response for most of us working in Neurophysiology.
However, I love my job today as much as the first day I started.
What is Neurophysiology? It is a predominantly diagnostic filed that is concerned with investigating the function of the central and peripheral nervous system. It is a patient-facing speciality working on both adults and paediatrics. Therefore, it is diverse and offers a wide range of skills and knowledge.
My route into Neurophysiology was through the MPPM (medical Physics and Physiological measurement) training programme at Matthew Bolton College. I was 16 years old, having just done my GCSE’s and never worked in a Hospital. I remember the overwhelming feeling of ‘what have I done’, all of my friends were off doing A levels and I was going to work, to learn a career. However, I have never looked back. Every stage of my career has been supported by training and development.
Neurophysiology is a career with a clear career pathway. Development through accredited training routes allows individuals to obtain skills and knowledge from practitioner to consultant scientist.
Education and training is one of my passions and I have been directly involved with our professional body ANS (EPTA), since around 2000, mainly as support to the Education subcommittee which strives to equip our workforce with the skills, knowledge and confidence to meet the ever increasing demands of the services that we provide.
Healthcare science is often the forgotten area of the NHS but it must not be forgotten and raising awareness is paramount to ensuring that."
What is Radiotherapy Physics?
In radiotherapy we treat cancer with (usually) high-energy X-rays. Physicists are needed to understand, account for and explain to clinicians and other colleagues the complexities of how a given treatment will interact within the patient.
We strive to deliver the most intense dose of radiotherapy to the disease while minimising the risk of side effects in nearby healthy tissues.
Approximately 1000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in the UK every day. Radiotherapy forms all or part of the treatment for 27% of patients (stats from CRUK). Radiotherapy is highly effective, safe, and cost-effective.
What does a clinical scientist in radiotherapy do?
- ensure the safe functioning of the treatment machines
- create the highly complex treatment plans
- develop and implement new equipment or treatments, including collaborating on national research efforts
The field is extremely dynamic, with the technology and its applications evolving rapidly.
This leads to a culture where collaborative problem-solving and continual improvement becomes an essential part of the day-to-day work, which makes it very exciting!
What is the typical career path?
- Maths and Science A-levels, followed by a Physics undergraduate degree, are generally required
- Successful application to the STP scheme will, over three years, equip you with an MSc in Medical Physics and sufficient experience to obtain HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist
- You will then be eligible to apply for Band 7 clinical scientist posts
- Alternative routes into the profession allow for scientists in other fields to transfer their skills to radiotherapy
- With 2-6 years of further experience, you may be eligible for certification as a Medical Physics Expert (MPE), which generally equates to a role at Band 8a
- Accredited training routes (i.e. HSST) now exist to prepare experienced and motivated staff for senior roles at pay bands 8b-d
- Opportunities to pursue research interests in radiotherapy exist at all career stages
What do I enjoy most about working in radiotherapy physics?
Every day I know I have improved something for a patient. That could be directly via a treatment plan I’ve been involved in, or indirectly by progressing a project that will ultimately benefit many people.
This practical application of my physics knowledge is extremely rewarding.
If you are passionate about providing outstanding care for our patients and support our healthcare professionals to deliver this we'd love to hear from you.