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Cardiothoracic Services

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Working for Cardiac Physiology

The department is supportive and very active in education and training, both locally and nationally.

Training and education

Our workforce includes a Practice Development Team and the department routinely supports staff wishing to gain SCST professional exams as well as BSE, BHRS and IBHRE accreditation.

We are a practical assessment centre for BSE and participate in the STP OSFA assessments for the National School for Healthcare Science.

Attendance at conferences and training courses for staff (at all levels) is encouraged. We regularly perform live cases as part of a national and international training programme and many of our physiologist and nursing staff are involved in research.

We are proud to be a department that supports the education, training and development of healthcare scientist and nursing staff from apprentice level to consultant grade.

We have well established links with various universities and routinely host placement students as part of the Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) and Scientist Training Programme (STP).

We have several members of the team currently undertaking Apprenticeships, the Scientist Training Programme (STP) and Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme (HSST) and these are a consistent feature in our ongoing learning and development plan.

Shaping the future

Many of our staff have been, and still are, involved in shaping the future of Cardiac Physiology and its training pathways.

We were participants in workshops and meetings related to the design of Modernising Scientific Careers and have subsequently been involved in the recruitment and assessment of STP candidates for the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS).

We are also proud to have had representation at Council level for several professional bodies including SCST, BHRS and BSE and have been involved in the examination and/or accreditation processes for these groups.

We have organised many professional meetings, both nationally and locally, and have presented and chaired many educational and discussion sessions at events such as the SCST National Update meeting, Arrhythmia Alliance Update Meetings and HRC.

Members of our Arrhythmia Nurse Team are also members of the Arrhythmia Alliance Executive Committee and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arrhythmias. They are also members of the Medical Advisory Committee for the AF Association and the All Party Parliamentary Group on AF. They are a 'go to' team for other centres looking to expand their roles beyond the traditional elements.

Alongside all of this we have lectured at various universities on a wide variety of subjects. We have several STEM ambassadors in the department and are active in promoting Healthcare Science as a profession, frequently attending careers fairs.

Contact us

To find out more about our team and/or our vacancies, please contact our Cardiac Physiology Manager and/or Practice Development Team.

Tel: 1865 740376

Our vacancies are advertised on NHS Jobs