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Level 4 Apprentice Clinical Investigation Unit

NHS AfC: Band 4

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NHS AfC: Band 4
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Lancaster Infirmary
£22,549 - £24,882 per annum
Salary period
05/12/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

Clinical Investigation Unit (Trainee Assistant Practitioner)

 An opportunity has arisen within Clinical Investigation Unit (CIU) for Level 4 Apprentice, primarily working within Cardio/Respiratory services. Successful candidate will be paid in accordance with Annex 21 of the Agenda for Change Handbook. For a 2 year trainee program, this would be 70% of the top of scale in the first year, followed by 75% of the top of scale in the second year.

The successful applicants will be reliable, hard working, caring, flexible and enthusiastic individuals, who are able to demonstrate initiative, good organisational and communicative skills. The abilities to integrate well with the existing team, to work independently and to contribute to service development as well as quality improvement are essential.

Training is in partnership with Kendal College, incorporating the 2 year foundation degree in Health Care Sciences. Theoretical support and practical training will be delivered in house as well as via day release. The CIU supports the Lancashire and South Cumbria training pathway already established for Trainee Assistant Practitioners.

The post attracts a band 3 salary, progressing to a band 4 upon award of the foundation qualification and satisfactory completion of on the job training.

For further information and informal inquiries contact Kay Sharrock or Rebecca Vest, Tel 01524 512487.

Main duties of the job

The apprentice  will be required to provide support to the clinical physiology team, working in areas such as Electrocardiograms (ECG), ambulatory ECG and BP hook up and analysis, prolonged ECG monitoring and analysis,  pharmacological stress testing, and assisting in ECG stress testing, basic lung function, sleep studies, bronchial challenge and assisting in CPAP trials.

The CIU works across 3 UHMBT sites –Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) and Furness General Hospital(FGH). The successful applicants will be required to work on the above locations although it is anticipated that the posts will be centred on the RLI site with day release to Kendal college therefore there will be a requirement to travel.

Applicants should be educated to A level or equivalent  NVQ 3, minimum 3 ,GSCE,  Maths, English and Science would be advantageous.

Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals - Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community health care premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre.

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services.

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses.

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/

Person specification

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • • GCSEs in English Maths & science
  • • 1 A level or 2 AS levels
Desirable criteria
  • • ARPT spirometry
  • • Certificate in Electrocardiography


Essential criteria
  • • Experience in a health care setting with patient/client contact
  • • Prior employment in a cardiac or respiratory health care environment
Desirable criteria
  • • Performing & basic interpretation of 12 lead ECG
  • • Practical experience of basic spirometry

Skills, ability & knowledge

Essential criteria
  • • Able to demonstrate the communication of instruction and information in a variety of forms to patients, relatives and carers including children and adults
  • • Able to organise own day to day activity and prioritise work load
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kay Sharrock
Job title
Head of Department
Email address
Telephone number
01524 5124487
Additional information

Rebecca Vest 

Lead Trainer