Trainee Clinical Scientist - Genomics (2023)

Health Education and Improvement Wales

The closing date is 06 February 2023

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Job summary

NHS Wales - Trainee Clinical Scientist - Genomics

Exciting opportunity to use your science degree for patient and public benefit.

Earn a competitive salary and gain a masters degree through a 3 year, full-time, nationally recognised training programme: Scientist Training Programme (STP).

Starting salary will be on the first point of Band 6 on a 3-year fixed term contract.

Applications are invited for a Trainee Clinical Scientist (Band 6) in Genomics at the All Wales Medical Genomics Service (AWMGS), based in the Institute of Medical Genetics. The host site is currently the University Hospital of Wales. As part of Cardiff Edge redevelopment plans, the All Wales Medical Genomics service will be relocating to the Cardiff Edge Life sciences Park in Coryton within the next few years.

AWMGS together with Cardiff University, Wales Gene Park, the Pathogen Genomics Unit (PenGU) and Welsh Government are working to deliver the Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy for patients within Wales. This is a highly exciting and innovative strategy with opportunities for staff, patients, the public and healthcare professionals across Wales. Furthermore, the publication of the Genome UK has established the need for a unified approach to Genomics across all four nations.

Main duties of the job

There is one position available for the Genomics discipline. The Scientist training Programme (STP) is a 3-year post-graduate programme. Trainees are enrolled for a fully funded part time master's degree in their chosen specialism, (Genomics) at the University of Manchester and Liverpool. The successful candidate is required to travel to either the University of Manchester or Liverpool for block teaching sessions or undertake learning remotely. You will also undertake work-based learning and training, alongside your Masters where you develop and apply your academic knowledge and skills in the NHS workplace. There are excellent opportunities to develop your professional practice through gaining knowledge and understanding of healthcare science and its contribution to patient care, patient safety, service delivery, research and innovation. There will be times when the successful candidate will need to work remotely. The posts are funded by HEIW.

We are searching for someone who shares our values that:o We care about the people we serve and the people we work witho We trust one anothero We respect each othero We take personal responsibilityo We treat people with kindnesso We act with integrity

About us

The University Hospital of Wales is the largest hospital in Wales, on the same site as the University of Wales College of Medicine. It is well provided with academic and social facilities. Cardiff city centre, with its many amenities, is easily accessible via bus or train.

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Trainees may be required to rotate, which may involve secondments at other locations, within Wales for short periods of time. On completion of the STP, prospects for permanent employment within Wales are excellent. For individuals with aptitude, commitment and flexibility there are opportunities to progress through the career pathway. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are motivated to pursue their career within Wales.

Date posted

20 January 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

3 years

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

082-STP003-0123

Job locations

University Hospital Wales

Cardiff

CF14 4XW


Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specificationattached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

For informal queries, please contact: Educationandtrainingawmgs.Cav@wales.nhs.uk

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Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specificationattached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

For informal queries, please contact: Educationandtrainingawmgs.Cav@wales.nhs.uk

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Applicants must have an honours degree (1st or 2.1) in a pure or applied science relevant to the specialism for which they are applying. Applicants with a relevant 2.2 degree will also be considered if they have an MSc or PhD in the specialism for which they are applying.
  • For all candidates evidence of research experience, e.g. in the form of a higher degree or equivalent evidence of scientific and academic capability, is considered desirable.

Scientific Skills Demonstrated in a work or study context

Essential

  • A committed in depth interest in Scientific Practice and its application to direct clinical care of patients in a clinical environment
  • Ability to design research investigations and experiments.
  • Ability to analyze and assess scientific, technical and medical literature.
  • Ability to make judgments, including clinical judgments involving facts or situations that impact on patients.
  • Have an understanding of quality control and management assurance in a science or work based context
  • Ability to develop proficiency in the performance of routine and complex techniques currently in use where they are training
  • Has an understanding of the role of their chosen specialism in healthcare and disease and its application in a healthcare setting.
  • Good IT skills and knowledge of common computing packages for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation packages and databases.
  • Ability to analyse complex information comprising laboratory or workshop data, images and clinical details. Knowledge acquired through study and experience to formulate appropriate advice and judgments.

Transferable Skills Demonstrated in study, work or non-work contexts

Essential

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both writing and speaking in English language in order to: oExplain analytical, scientific and clinical aspects of the work to a variety of people including scientific colleagues, clinical professionals, service managers and patients and to listen to their needs. oMake formal presentations to groups of colleagues.
  • Good active listening skills to build rapport with listener to encourage an open discussion.
  • Self-aware and flexible enough to adopt a range of evaluative or empathising listening styles according to the needs of the listener and the situation.
  • Ability to work autonomously in the planning and execution of their own work and under the guidance of their Departmental Supervisors. Flexibility to acquire the skills to organise, plan and monitor the workload of others.
  • Demonstrable ability to lead others.
  • Under guidance develops good interpretative skills in the formulation of advice to multi-disciplinary team members on diagnosis and appropriate treatment of patients.
  • Ability to handle patient samples, hazardous reagents and chemicals in a safe manner in accordance with Health and Safety regulations.
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Applicants must have an honours degree (1st or 2.1) in a pure or applied science relevant to the specialism for which they are applying. Applicants with a relevant 2.2 degree will also be considered if they have an MSc or PhD in the specialism for which they are applying.
  • For all candidates evidence of research experience, e.g. in the form of a higher degree or equivalent evidence of scientific and academic capability, is considered desirable.

Scientific Skills Demonstrated in a work or study context

Essential

  • A committed in depth interest in Scientific Practice and its application to direct clinical care of patients in a clinical environment
  • Ability to design research investigations and experiments.
  • Ability to analyze and assess scientific, technical and medical literature.
  • Ability to make judgments, including clinical judgments involving facts or situations that impact on patients.
  • Have an understanding of quality control and management assurance in a science or work based context
  • Ability to develop proficiency in the performance of routine and complex techniques currently in use where they are training
  • Has an understanding of the role of their chosen specialism in healthcare and disease and its application in a healthcare setting.
  • Good IT skills and knowledge of common computing packages for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation packages and databases.
  • Ability to analyse complex information comprising laboratory or workshop data, images and clinical details. Knowledge acquired through study and experience to formulate appropriate advice and judgments.

Transferable Skills Demonstrated in study, work or non-work contexts

Essential

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both writing and speaking in English language in order to: oExplain analytical, scientific and clinical aspects of the work to a variety of people including scientific colleagues, clinical professionals, service managers and patients and to listen to their needs. oMake formal presentations to groups of colleagues.
  • Good active listening skills to build rapport with listener to encourage an open discussion.
  • Self-aware and flexible enough to adopt a range of evaluative or empathising listening styles according to the needs of the listener and the situation.
  • Ability to work autonomously in the planning and execution of their own work and under the guidance of their Departmental Supervisors. Flexibility to acquire the skills to organise, plan and monitor the workload of others.
  • Demonstrable ability to lead others.
  • Under guidance develops good interpretative skills in the formulation of advice to multi-disciplinary team members on diagnosis and appropriate treatment of patients.
  • Ability to handle patient samples, hazardous reagents and chemicals in a safe manner in accordance with Health and Safety regulations.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Employer details

Employer name

Health Education and Improvement Wales

Address

University Hospital Wales

Cardiff

CF14 4XW


Employer's website

https://heiw.nhs.wales/ (Opens in a new tab)

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Employer details

Employer name

Health Education and Improvement Wales

Address

University Hospital Wales

Cardiff

CF14 4XW


Employer's website

https://heiw.nhs.wales/ (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Training Manager AWMGS

Rebecca Hopes

Educationandtrainingawmgs.Cav@wales.nhs.uk

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Date posted

20 January 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

3 years

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

082-STP003-0123

Job locations

University Hospital Wales

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Cardiff

CF14 4XW


Supporting documents

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FAQs

How hard is it to get on the NHS STP? ›

The NHS normally only allow scientist training programme (STP) applications for a month at the beginning of the year and it can be survival of the fittest. Thousands of applications are received for approximately 200–250 jobs on offer; this means that the application form is the crucial step in the hiring process.

Is it hard to get onto the STP? ›

Competition for the STP is usually quite strong (on average 20 applicants per job) although this varies between specialisms - the NSHCS has a ​breakdown of competition ratios​. Making an effective application is vital. Recruitment to the STP takes place on an annual cycle.

How much do you get paid in STP? ›

NHS Salary FAQs

The average salary for a STP Trainee Clinical Scientist is £35,632 per year in United Kingdom, which is 1% lower than the average NHS salary of £36,221 per year for this job. What is the salary trajectory of a STP Trainee Clinical Scientist?

How to become a clinical scientist genomics? ›

Entry is competitive and you need either a first or a 2:1 degree, generally in genetics or a related subject which has a genetic component, (molecular biology or cellular sciences), or a 2:2, along with a relevant Masters or PhD.

Can I work in NHS with no experience? ›

Not necessarily. Despite around 50% of the NHS workforce having a university or other professional qualification, there are lots of opportunities for staff without these qualifications, especially in the wider healthcare team.

How can I be successful in STP application? ›

The STP application can seem quite daunting, especially on your first go, so here are my top tips.
  1. Introduction. ...
  2. Before you apply. ...
  3. The application. ...
  4. Read and follow the person specification. ...
  5. Read the NHS constitution. ...
  6. Don't worry about what other people are doing. ...
  7. Be specific in your answers. ...
  8. Check the STP website.
Jan 12, 2022

How many people apply for STP? ›

Applicants for the STP 2021 intake were only allowed to apply to 1 specialism.
...
Competition ratios for Scientist Training Programme 2021 direct entry posts.
SpecialismClinical Pharmaceutical Science
Number of applications272
Number of direct entry posts12
Competition ratio22.7
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Oct 27, 2021

How do I prepare for a STP interview? ›

You need to know what to expect, be knowledgeable about your field and prepared to answer any question. Think about what could be asked by the station descriptions. Read around the clinical component of your specialism and any recent scientific developments of your field.

How many times can you apply for STP? ›

You can only make one application per vacancy. If you try to submit more than one application for a single vacancy, you will be removed from the recruitment process. You can save and return to your application as many times as you like, before finally submitting it.

Is clinical scientist a good job? ›

Clinical science is a high-demand industry, so many clinical scientists earn a salary higher than the national average. The average salary for a clinical scientist varies depending on many factors, such as their title and specialisation.

How long is STP training? ›

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three-year programme of work-based learning, supported by a University accredited master's degree. Trainees are employed by an NHS Trust for the duration of the programme and will spend time in a range of settings, before specialising in the last two years of the programme.

Is STP fully funded? ›

As a trainee you will be employed in a scientific department, normally in the NHS (or in some cases by an NHS private partner or a private healthcare provider), for a three-year training period. During this time, you will complete: a part-time master's degree (fully funded)

How hard is it to become a clinical geneticist? ›

Clinical geneticists have medical degrees such as MD, DO or equivalent degrees and have completed at least one residency year in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited primary specialty followed by two years of medical genetics and genomics residency training.

What does a clinical scientist in genomics do? ›

As a healthcare scientist working in genomics, you'll be examining samples of patients' nucleic acid (DNA or RNA (Ribonucleic acid)) to identify genetic and genomic alterations that may be responsible for inherited and acquired diseases or conditions, such as cystic fibrosis or cancer.

Is genomic a good career? ›

Genomics and Genomic Data Science as a career are in peak demand due to the development of precision-based medicine and wellness therapies. The salary packages in the field of Genetics are quite lucrative. However, the pay scale largely depends on experience, knowledge (qualifications – BSc, MS or PhD), and skillset.

What are the negatives of working for the NHS? ›

What are the Negatives of Working for the NHS?
  • Occasional long or unsociable hours.
  • A high level of accountability.
  • Flexibility – it is sometimes necessary to move around to take up jobs in different areas of the country.

What can I put if I have no work experience? ›

You can create a killer no-experience resume by emphasizing your education instead. Include relevant internships, soft & hard skills, and projects. Other sections you can include on your resume are hobbies & interests, languages, certifications, or achievements.

Is NHS easy to get into? ›

Getting into NHS requires a lot of work and dedication, and the National Honor Society Requirements vary from chapter to chapter. You'll need to meet the GPA requirement and other standards to be considered for membership.

Do STP trainees get paid? ›

You'll be employed on a fixed-term contract and paid a salary during your training. The STP lasts for three years and involves: You're employed on a fixed-term contract and paid a salary during your training.

What does shortlisted reserve mean? ›

Once the shortlisting is processed, your status on the online application portal will change to. either shortlisted, shortlist unsuccessful or shortlisted reserve. A status of “shortlisted” will mean that you will be invited to interview.

What band is a clinical scientist? ›

Trainee clinical scientists are usually employed at Band 6, starting at £31,365. Once qualified, you're likely to be employed on Band 7 (£38,890 to £44,503). Salaries for senior and consultant clinical scientists range from £45,753 (Band 8) to £104,927 (top of Band 9), depending on your experience and training.

When to apply for stp 2023? ›

Key dates and deadlines for direct entry and in service applications to the Scientist Training Programme.
...
Direct entry applications.
STP 2023 Applicants webinarThursday 5th January 2023 at 4:00pm
Applications closeMonday 23rd January 2023 at 4:00pm
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What is a vascular scientist? ›

Vascular science relates to how blood flows in the body. If you work in vascular science, you'll use ultrasound and other non-invasive techniques to image and assess the blood flow of patients with diseases of the arteries and veins.

What is reconstructive science? ›

Reconstructive Science is concerned with the corrective treatment of patients with malformation, cancer or trauma – especially in the skull, jaw and face. text. Healthcare science staff working in this field specialise in the prosthetic reconstruction and therapeutic management of the patient.

What 11 tips are given to prepare for an interview? ›

  1. Dress the right way for the role. ...
  2. Do your research well. ...
  3. Arrive early. ...
  4. Be ready & focus on employer goals. ...
  5. Prepare for typical questions. ...
  6. Let your enthusiasm show! ...
  7. Stay involved and attentive. ...
  8. Ask probing questions.

How long does it take to become a clinical scientist? ›

The Scientific Training Programme (STP) lasts three years, and contains a mix of academic study and practical work experience. On completion of the STP, you'll be awarded a Certificate of Completion of the Scientist Training Programme by the National School of Healthcare Science.

What does STP stand for in NHS? ›

An STP – sustainability and transformation plan – is a new planning framework for NHS services.

How do I become a NHS clinical scientist? ›

You can train to become a clinical scientist through the Scientist Training Programme (STP), which is a three year programme of work-based learning, underpinned by a University accredited master's degree.

What is the lowest salary of a scientist? ›

What is the starting salary for a Scientist in India? Average starting Salary for Scientist in India is around ₹3.0 Lakhs per year (₹25.0k per month).

Is clinical science hard? ›

The content is hard as it is a lot of units in 2 years, but it is interesting and beneficial if you want to pursuit a career in medicine or the like. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to be a doctor, especially if you are uncomfortable with UMAT or GAMSAT.

Do clinical scientists work weekends? ›

Work-life balance of a clinical scientist

If you are working in a hospital, your hours will depend on the shift pattern and requirements of the rota. This means you may well be required to work into the evenings or on weekends.

What is the NHS STP like? ›

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three-year programme of work-based learning, supported by a University accredited master's degree. Trainees are employed by an NHS Trust for the duration of the programme and will spend time in a range of settings, before specialising in the last two years of the programme.

How long do you have to live in the UK to get NHS treatment? ›

If you have lived in the UK for ten continuous years at some point but are now living in an EEA member state or another country with which the UK has a bilateral healthcare agreement, then, under UK law, you are entitled free of charge to treatment the need for which arises here.

What GPA do you need for NHS? ›

The four basic requirements for membership are scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Students are eligible to apply for NHS membership if they demonstrate academic achievement by achieving a 3.65 or higher. Grade point average will not be rounded to meet the minimum requirement.

Does NHS look good on a resume? ›

They have a large database of community service opportunities that members can access. NHS keeps members accountable for completing the service hours, which looks great on your college application or resume.

Can you get rejected from NHS? ›

Each year, National Honor Society (NHS) chapters undertake a process to select new members, and inevitably, some student candidates are not selected. For most NHS chapters, there is no formal appeals process required for nonselection, unless a local chapter decides to create one.

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