An exciting opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic individuals to start a career in Medical Engineering working in the Medical Physics and Engineering Department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
We currently have Level 4 Healthcare Science Apprenticeship posts available within the Medical Physics and Engineering Department in Leeds. The successful candidates will participate in a 2 year training programme specialising in Medical Engineering. Formal training will be provided and apprentices will develop personal and professional skills whilst also developing skills and knowledge relating to the installation, maintenance, repair and management of medical equipment. Successful completion of the apprenticeship will qualify candidates to apply for and progress their careers within Medical Physics and Engineering.
Main duties of the job
As a Medical Engineering Apprentice at Leeds Teaching Hospitals you can expect to work in many different medical engineering disciplines across the LTH sites. Some of the areas you will work in are Clinical Engineering, Renal Engineering, Imaging Engineering, Radiation Engineering and Rehabilitation Engineering.
You will develop a broad range of skills which will prepare you for a successful career in your chosen area of Medical Physics & Engineering.
Alongside your practical training you will undertake a work based Level 4 Qualification in Healthcare Science Apprenticeship training programme specialising in medical engineering.
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe, a regional and national centre for specialist treatment, a renowned biomedical research facility, and the local hospital for the Leeds community. The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust incorporates Leeds General Infirmary, St James s University Hospital, Leeds Children s Hospital, Wharfedale Hospital, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds Dental Institute and Seacroft Hospital. We treat 1. 5 million patients every year, including more than 200,000 emergency patients and are an employer of over 20,000 staff.
The Trust Department of Medical Physics and Engineering supports the range of applications of physics and engineering in medicine, and is actively involved in the development, assessment, implementation and audit of new and existing health care technologies and procedures
Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying ‘at risk’ members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.
06 January 2023
£20,270 a year
Full-time, Flexible working
St. James’s University Hospital
PRINCIPAL DUTIES & AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Education and Training
The jobholder must participate fully in the training programme by:
Attending formal study sessions
Be willing to undertake self-directed learning
Complete all tasks and assignments
Apply skills and knowledge in the workplace
Contribute to regular performance and progress reviews
As part of their training role, the jobholder must undertake formal qualifications, typically:
Level 4 diploma in Healthcare Science
Technical certificates in engineering
Functional skills certificates in literacy, numeracy and ICT
Technical (under supervision)
The jobholder must assist in the provision of basic technical services including equipment installation, repair, maintenance and calibration.
The jobholder must assist in equipment planned preventative maintenance activity.
The jobholder must assist in the production of devices in accordance with local procedures and technical instructions.
Quality Assurance (under supervision)
The jobholder must participate in the local quality management system and comply with its policies, procedures and instructions.
The jobholder must assist quality related tasks such as audit, document management and corrective action.
The jobholder must assist in quality assurance and quality control activity on medical equipment.
The jobholder must carry out internal resource management tasks such as work equipment maintenance and calibration.
Medical Equipment Management
The jobholder must be aware of the safety aspects of any medical device or related equipment with which they may be involved
The jobholder must take appropriate action to deal with identified discrepancies including maintaining records and reporting the situation to more senior members of staff.
Where necessary, the jobholder must report discrepancies, incidents, identified risk and hazards.
Develop good working relationship
The jobholder should develop good communication skills that demonstrate courtesy and respect.
The jobholder should form good relationships with other team members including answering the telephone and passing on messages.
The jobholder should support effective teamwork by undertaking other technical activities, under direct supervision, that would be expected of assistant and associated practitioners.
THE LEEDS WAY VALUES
Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:
All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values
Additionally, the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:
The role of MPE engineering services is to support and advance patient care by applying engineering and equipment management skills to healthcare technology. MPE is committed to ensuring that it is effective in delivering quality services and to this end strives for continual improvement of the MPE quality management system, the processes carried out and the services delivered.
WEST YORKSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF ACUTE TRUSTS (WYAAT)
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT), a collaborative of the NHS hospital trusts from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate working together to provide the best possible care for our patients.
By bringing together the wide range of skills and expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate we are working differently, innovating and driving forward change to deliver the highest quality care. By working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust this is your opportunity to be a part of that change.
WYAAT is the acute sector arm of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, one of the largest integrated care systems in the country. The Partnerships ambition is for everyone to have the best possible health and wellbeing, and the work of WYAAT, and each individual trust, supports that ambition.
The jobholder must comply at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Infection Control policies, in particular by practising Universal Infection Control Precautions. Hand hygiene must be performed before and after contact with patients and their environment.
HEALTH AND SAFETY / RISK MANAGEMENT
All staff are responsible for working with their colleagues to maintain and improve the quality of services provided to our patients and other service users. This includes complying at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Policies, including Health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed security and safer working procedures, and reporting incidents using the Trust Incident Reporting system
EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY
The jobholder must comply with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment and that services are delivered in ways that meet the individual needs of patients and their families. No person whether they are staff, patient or visitor should receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.
TRAINING AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The jobholder must take responsibility in agreement with his/her line manager for his/her own personal development by ensuring that Continuous Professional Development remains a priority. The jobholder will undertake all mandatory training required for the role.
COMMUNICATION & WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
The jobholder provides and receives routine information and instructions orally, in writing and in electronic format. This information is mainly to assist the jobholder in their work. As well as communicating with colleagues and users of medical equipment, the jobholder may also communicate with equipment manufacturers, materials and component suppliers, external contractors, training providers and staff at other NHS organisations as part of their normal duties.
SPECIAL WORKING CONDITION
i) PHYSICAL EFFORT: Manual dexterity, accurate hand eye co-ordination and use of precision instruments. E.g. repair work on sub-assemblies, making adjustments to mechanical components.
An on-going requirement to move and lift equipment weighing in the order of 10Kg such as radiation shielding lead, gas bottles, tool chests many times each day. Also a requirement to move equipment weighing in the order of 20Kg such as large pieces of computer equipment, machine sub-assemblies and test equipment, typically once or twice a day.
ii) MENTAL EFFORT: There is a daily requirement to concentrate for prolonged periods when designing, soldering, fabricating, etc.
iii) EMOTIONAL EFFORT: Works in clinical areas including treatment rooms and operating theatres during equipment failure and during clinical acquaintance placements, typically once a month.
iv) WORKING CONDITIONS: Job holders are trained to work safely in areas where the following hazards have been identified and controlled:
– Radiation (ionising and non-ionising)
– Electricity (stored charges, medium and high voltages, medium and high currents)
– High pressure gases
– High vacuum systems
– Unguarded machinery
– Toxic and hazardous materials
– Biologically contaminated equipment
– Moving and handling large, heavy items of equipment
– Workshop and machinery hazards (fumes; dust & particulate matter; working with lead, acids, oils, coolants & solvents; working with materials & tools at elevated temperatures; naked flames; high speed machinery; cutting tools; noise)
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A-C) including English, Maths and a Science or equivalent qualifications.
- Committed to completing the HCS apprenticeship in Medical Engineering
- A Level / BTEC Level 3 / T Level in Physics, DT, ICT, Engineering
- Knowledge and Understanding of the following:
- Infection control principles
- Patient confidentiality
- Information governance
- Safe working practises local procedures
- Basic engineering skills good standards of workmanship
- Use of tools and test equipment
- Knowledge and Understanding of the following:
- Quality management systems
- Structure of MPE and its role within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Skills & Behaviours
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Accurate Record keeping
- Interpret technical documentation
- Treat others with dignity and respect
- Acknowledge perspective of others
- Sound knowledge of computer database / I.T. skills Manual dexterity, accurate hand-eye co-ordination and use of precision tools / instruments in the repair delicate medical equipment.
Practical Skills or Additional Requirements
- Good interpersonal skills both verbal and non-verbal communication.
- Committed to successful completion of an NHS apprentice assessment.
- Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post.