Clinical Scientist (or Pre-Registrant) Band 7

The employer for this post is The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the successful candidate will have an important role in supporting the AHSN NENC in encouraging and measuring adoption of proven medical technologies for patient and healthcare system benefit, in the region.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 14,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “healthcare at its very best – with a personal touch”.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals has an ongoing programme, established for more than 40 years, to assess new medical devices and technologies, informing decision making at a national level.

Our current Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme includes an External Assessment Centre for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and also a growing portfolio of grant- and externally-funded observational research projects, predominantly analysing routine healthcare and bespoke registry data. The HTA team is based in the Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering (NMPCE) Directorate at the Freeman Hospital and this new post will support delivery of the Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) Innovation Pathway, to March 2021 in the first instance.

We are seeking a Clinical Scientist or Pre-registrant to join the multi-disciplinary HTA team. The successful applicant will have a proven ability to apply their scientific skills, and will further develop the expertise required to provide HTA services, including literature-based research, critical appraisal, analysis and study design. They will work on a range of topics associated with the assessment and development of medical devices, in-vitro diagnostics and technologies used in interventional procedures. Our research work requires well-developed bioinformatics and data analysis skills, using tools such as R or python.

The post-holder will develop a model for regional “evaluation in practice”, for promising technologies with regional interest, as agreed with the AHSN NENC. The outputs will be NENC region-specific variants of NICE “Medtech Innovation Briefing” (MIB) publications, for technologies which are not otherwise included in relevant NICE Guidance. For technologies with NICE Guidance, outputs will be NENC region-specific “Medtech Adoption Briefings”. Both outputs are expected to involve tasks such as searching Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and national mortality data for information on the prevalence of medical conditions and/or frequency of interventions, plus developing pseudonymised methods to link HES to bespoke clinical audits and registries.

The post-holder will have an important role in supporting the AHSN NENC in encouraging and measuring adoption of proven medical technologies for patient and healthcare system benefit, in the region.

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