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Apprentice Healthcare Science Practitioner

Band 4 - Annex 21

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Band 4 - Annex 21
Fixed term - 3 years
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£17,050 per annum
Salary period
11/08/2020 23:59

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Radiology team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) for an Apprentice Healthcare Science Practitioner.

Within this role you will undertake a Degree Apprenticeship in Healthcare Science. This role will ideally suit an existing Assistant Practitioner, HCA, RDA or an Assistant working in a clinical or scientific role. You will need to have a determination to learn new skills and want to progress your career through academic study.

The course is due to start on 21st September 2020 so you will need to be available and in post by this date.


The department has undergone extensive refurbishment and is a modern and caring environment for patients and staff. We are a multidiscipline team with medical and nursing staff working alongside radiographers, technologists and assistant practitioners. We are well supported by a dedicated Nuclear Medicine Medical Physics Department and Radiation Protection. The department has a strong focus on education, developing its own workforce through work based training and apprenticeships.

Nuclear Medicine is part of Radiology and we offer a diagnostic and therapy service to patients throughout the region. Radioactive tracers are administered to patients for diagnosis and therapy and we have two SPECT CT scanners which are staffed 8-6 6 days a week. We see in excess of 5000 patients a year.


You will be expected to attend The University of Cumbria on block release to undertake a BSc in Healthcare Science. The course runs over three years and when not at university you will be within the nuclear medicine department to undertake your clinical training. You will have a work based supervisor who will be responsible for your development and support throughout your training.

Clinically within the department you will be taught the safe handling and use of radioactive products and how to image patients to produce a diagnostic image.


Our ideal candidate will need to meet the entry requirements of the University

  • Foundation Degree or A levels or equivalent

  • Have a knowledge of patient care and basic radiology/scientific principles

  • Flexible, able to work according to the roster whilst not at university including one Saturday a month

  • Able to attend University of Cumbria (Lancaster campus) for block placements


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.               

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on 17th August 2020.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

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Sandra Johns
Job title
Lead Superintendent Radiographer Nuclear Medicine
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