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Apprentice Assistant Practitioner(MRI)

NHS England Apprenticeships
Competitive salary
Closing date
15 Jun 2022

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Job summary

Do you want a rewarding and challenging role that allows you to gain a qualification and start a career in radiography?

We are excited to advertise 2 Assistant Practitioner Apprentice posts within the MRI Department at Nottingham University Hospitals.

The apprenticeship is a two year programme to become an Assistant Practitioner in MRI Radiography. Academic study will take place at the University of Derby undertaking a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care (Level 5 of the apprenticeship standards) and clinical training will take place at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

For motivated and caring individuals this is a supported and funded step on the long term career pathway to becoming a Radiographer.

Main duties of the job

In addition to the summary below you need to familiarise yourself with the full job description and person specification documents attached to this advert

The role of the Apprentice Assistant Radiographic Practitioner(MRI) is to carry out a limited remit of MRI radiographic examinations under the supervision of a HCPC Registered radiographer.

The post holders will rotate across the QMC, City and Treatment Centre Campus in order to gain a thorough understanding of the large range of work undertaken within the NUH Radiology Department.

Whilst, this role is primarily a clinical training role there will be a requirement to undertake some duties of an Imaging Assistant, supporting radiographers and patients to ensure that the service is efficient and patient-centered

About us

We have an important contribution to make to life in Nottingham and the wider region and we take this responsibility seriously. With 15,000 staff, we are one of the biggest employers in the city with a central role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our local population. We play a leading role in research, education and innovation. We have a budget of just under £1billion, 90 wards and 1,700 beds across three main sites: QMC, City Hospital and Ropewalk House. We deliver district general services to 2.5m residents of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and its surrounding communities. Our specialist services allows us to deliver care to 4.5m people from across the East Midlands and nationally for a handful of services.

We have a national and international reputation for many of our specialist services, including stroke, renal,neurosciences, cancer services and trauma.

We play a vital role in the education and training of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main responsibilities are:-

Undertake university scheme of on-line study one day per week to complete a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Science to underpin knowledge and skills for health care setting of MRI and progress to Band 4. This will be at Level 5 of the Apprenticeship standards.

Clinical Training will take place at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Study for this apprenticeship is by day release and funding will be supported by the Apprenticeship Levy. On completion of the standard, you will have obtained the core skills, knowledge and values/behaviours to become an Assistant Practitioner, and be eligible for a post as a Band 4 Assistant Practitioner in Diagnostic MRI Radiography (accreditation with the Society and College of Radiographers will be required). There is an opportunity to continue to study, in order to become a Band 5 Diagnostic MRI Radiographer.

The role of the Apprentice Assistant MRI Practitioner is to carry out a limited remit of MRI examinations under the supervision of an HCPC Registered radiographer. The Registered Practitioner remains accountable for the appropriate and effective delegation of activities and must ensure that the AP has the competency, confidence and expertise to carry out such activities.

A focus will also be to get patients ready for their examinations and escort to the appropriate area and explain clearly what will be happening offering reassurance as required

Be proactive in maintaining department stock levels

Person Specification

Training and qualifications


  • Numerate and literate to the equivalent of GCSE Grade 4 / C, Maths and English


  • Level 3 qualification or above (eg. A/AS level, NVQ/QCF 3 in Health and Social Care)



  • Previous experience of working within a healthcare environment
  • Experience of working in a public facing role


  • Experience of working in a radiology department

Physical skills


  • Manual handling skills including patient transfer between departments
  • Capable of wearing require PPE to follow trust health and safety procedures (Covid)
  • Able to be on feet for long periods of time

Communication and relationship skills


  • Good communication skills
  • IT computer skills
  • Professional attitude to work
  • Team member.
  • Reliable and industrious.
  • Ability to convey clinical information accurately and concisely


  • Ability to present information confidently over professional video platforms (e.g. MS Teams)

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Ability to work in a non-discriminatory manner to ensure equal opportunities and the capability to work sensitively with a diverse group of people
  • Able to recognise own limitations and awareness of those of patients, staff and carers
  • Compliance with departmental protocols and procedures.

Planning and organisation skills


  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to structure personal learning
  • Good attendance/time keeping.
  • Able to work independently (under indirect supervision) or in a team.

Commitment to Trust Values and Behaviours


  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's behavioural standards


  • To have working knowledge of trust values and behaviours and help support staff comply with the Trust Standards.

Other requirements specific to the role (e.g. be able to drive or work shifts


  • 37.5 hour week over 7 days; flexible approach to working.
  • Able to work across all NUH campuses, and able to travel to education provider site.
  • Committed to undertake day release for Foundation Science Course FdSC (Level 5) at University (PF pathway) of 2 years' duration
  • Must understand and comply with Data Protection as well as Privacy and Dignity
  • You will have a genuine interest in a career within radiography


  • Knowledge of MRI

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

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


QMC campus

Derby Road



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