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Cardiac Physiology Apprentice

NHS England Apprenticeships
Competitive salary
Closing date
26 May 2022

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Calling 2022 A Level leavers!

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of people with heart problems?

Apply for a 3-year degree apprenticeship, get paid to learn, finish with a degree and make a difference!

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking for an enthusiastic motivated individual to undertake an apprenticeship in cardiac physiology starting in September 2022.

Healthcare scientists perform lifesaving clinical tests to diagnose specific heart problems.

Main duties of the job

An apprentice in healthcare science would be a self-motivated individual who is dedicated to learning and practicing cardiac science skills, completing an undergraduate degree whilst successfully working full time in the NHS. Be able to demonstrate aptitudes for the use of technology in healthcare and consistently convey a caring and compassionate professional nature.

Training will be based at the busy and dynamic Cardiology Investigations Department at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospital. You will also undertake the 3-year level 6 apprenticeship degree (cardiac physiology healthcare science) in conjunction with the University of the West of England. This will involve travel to their site.

To apply for the apprenticeship you will need to:o Hold at least 2 good grade science A Levels that include Biology or Chemistry science subjects (see job description for additional/alternative requirements)o Demonstrate an understanding of the cardiac science professiono Commitment to the Practitioner Training Programme in healthcare science (that includes successful completion of all training activities and staged assessments)o Demonstrate a commitment to our Trust and its values

Applications are encouraged from applicants with predicted A Levels grades and conditional offers may be made whilst waiting results.

About us

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

Our Trust values each and every one of our apprentices and offers continued support and guidance. Many apprentices have successfully completed and remained with our Trust in a variety of areas

Job description

Job responsibilities

Your apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) will enable registration as a Cardiac Physiologist on completion of the degree. Cardiac Physiology is a very rewarding career; you will be working with patients across a broad spectrum of Cardiac Diseases, undertaking diagnostic testing and providing treatments to improve their Cardiac well-being. The hours are 37.5 per week to be worked over 5 days.

The Cardiac Physiology Service provides a broad range of diagnostic tests and treatments to adult patients.

The Apprentice will be expected to complete the elements of the Healthcare Science Practitioner (Cardiac Physiology) apprenticeship Level 6 over a 3 year timeframe. The timeframe includes:

Year 1:Modules include an introduction to physiological sciences, the scientific basis of life and anatomy and physiologyYear 2:Modules develop a focus on cardiac physiology and cover the professional aspects of healthcare scienceYear 3:You will undertake a healthcare science project and study professionalism practice for healthcare science. You will also gain more advanced and in-depth training in cardiac physiology

The post holder:- To attend the University of the West of England and work placements as set out in training programme- To complete and pass appropriate academic modules to the required breadth and depth of underpinning knowledge- To gain practical understanding and experience over the whole range of Cardiac Physiology- The post holder will undertake work based training in conjunction with the Practitioner Training Programme supported by the Academy of Healthcare Science- The post holder will also be expected to attend academic training sessions provided by the educational institute. - The programme aims to develop competent Practitioners who can practice independently within the Cardiology department.- The post holder will over the course of 3 years complete an undergraduate degree level course in BSc Healthcare Science Cardiac Physiology

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Interviews to take place w/c 4th July

Person Specification



  • GCSE grade A* to C (or 4 to 9) in English Language, Maths and Double Science
  • Either 2 A Levels at Grade C or above in Chemistry or Biology and a pass in another science subject OR An academic ability with relevant work experience or alternative qualifications



  • Demonstrate commitment to successful completion of Apprenticeship level 6 program and final clinical competency assessment - attending all academic sessions and self-study outside of working hours


  • IT skills to operate word processing, email and spreadsheets to record and analyse complex data
  • Some knowledge of cardiology and cardia physiology as a profession with an understanding of the roles of practitioners/physiologists
  • Reliable, Punctual, Conscientious with an attention to detail and a positive attitude to learning

Knowledge / Skills


  • Excellent communication skills with Adults
  • Be able to work within safe systems of work and report any deficiencies in those systems
  • Team worker


  • Have well developed manual dexterity and co ordination
  • Ability to work accurately and to deadlines under pressure of time

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) .

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



Gloucester, Cheltenham


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