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Assistant Practitoner Clinical Technologist - Medical Equipment Mangement


What are you recruiting for?

We are recruiting for an Apprentice Assistant Practitioner Clinical Technologists within our Medical Equipment Management Teams

What is Medical Equipment Management?

The Department of Clinical Physics and Bio-engineering (DCPB) provides the Medical Equipment Management Service for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. The Departmental staff work closely with Clinical, Nursing & Allied Healthcare Professionals in providing a comprehensive range of maintenance and management services for patient connected and other electro medical and scientific equipment. Clinical Physics staff maintain the majority of medical equipment used in hospitals. Some specialist equipment will be maintained by external service contracts. These contracts will be administered and monitored by physics staff.

Where will I work?

This posts is based in Medical and Clinical Physics departments at the following locations;

  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital/Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow City South

What departments will I be working in?

Much of the work takes place in the equipment servicing laboratory. Users of the Physics service send or arrange for equipment to be taken to the laboratory area. A significant proportion of the work takes place within clinical areas e.g. theatres, clinics, endoscopy, renal dialysis etc. This is mainly because these can be bulky items or equipment fixed in their location.

What education or qualifications do I need in order to apply?

At the time of submitting your application you must already hold a minimum of two Highers  (or SCQF equivilant)  in Maths and Physics at grade A to C OR an  NC in Engineering Systems, Electronics or Electrical Engineering at SCQF level 6 ( or equivalent)

What kind of skills do I need?

As well as meeting the educational requirements you will need to be enthusiastic and willing to learn. You will need to BE good with your hands and enjoy problem solving. If you are the kind of person who enjoys solving puzzles, likes working with their hands, has a good eye detail and takes a creative approach to problem solving this would be an excellent environment for you.

This is a technology driven department where you will get to work on an increasingly wide range of cutting edge medical technology in various areas and it is the responsibility of the Medical Equipment Management Service to ensure this equipment is safe for use on patients and for staff to handle. For this you will need a strong sense of responsibility and meticulous attention to detail, even under pressure.

Is there an age limit?

Yes. This vacany is only open to those applicants aged 16 to 24  years (or 16 to 29 years for Disabled Applicants) in line with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Youth Employment Plan and in support of our Workforce Demographics and projections.  

What will I do?

Medical Equipment is used at all stages of patient diagnosis and treatment. The Medical Physics department ensures this equipment is working correctly; this is done through the repair and maintenance of the medical equipment. The medical equipment looked after ranges from a digital thermometer to an anaesthetic machine; all equipment has different maintenance requirements but all medical equipment is important in patient diagnosis and treatment.

Following a period of training you will work with a team of Medical Physics technologists who are experts on medical equipment.  This means they work closely with clinical staff to diagnose medical equipment problems, to advise on medical equipment purchases and staff training.  You duties will include;

  • Fault diagnosis of equipment
  • Communicating with staff and company reps to collect all the relevant information about the equipment.
  • Repair of Equipment.
  • Planned maintenance of equipment.
  • Management of equipment through our database.
  • Assist the clinical and medical staff with advice on purchasing equipment.

What qualifications and training will I receive?

You will undertake a HNC in Electronics followed by an HND in Electronics  and an SVQ level 3 in Engineering Maintenance (Instrumentation).

How long will the Apprenticeship last?

This apprenticeship will last for Four Years.

When will this Apprenticeship start?

We anticipate that successful candidates will commence employment (subject to the length of time it takes to complete individual pre employment checks) by September of 2017.

Successful candidates will begin their College studies shortly thereafter.

What happens a the end of the Apprenticeship?

All candidates who successfully complete all elements of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Modern Apprenticeship Programme are guaranteed permanent employment.

How much will I be paid and how many hours a week will I work?

You will earn a minimum of £16,532 (or £8.45 per hour) and work a 37.5 hour week.

As an employee of Greater Glasgow and Clyde you will also be entitled to all the benefits that our staff receive including a minimum of 27 days paid annual leave, an additional 8 days paid public holidays and enrolment in the NHS Scotland Pension Scheme.