Employer directory Physics World  February 2019

Christie Medical Physics and Engineering

Christie Medical Physics & Engineering (CMPE) is a division of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, a specialist cancer treatment centre with locations in the North West of England. CMPE provides services locally and nationally in areas such as radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and medical engineering.

Why work for us

Medical physics and medical engineering are exciting fields where scientific knowledge and skills are applied to deliver the highest quality and safest healthcare to patients. Many CMPE staff deliver patient tests and treatments, but you could also find yourself at the forefront of research into new ways of curing cancer – The Christie is one of two national centres for proton beam radiotherapy – or educating the next generation of medical specialists on one of our international training courses. 

Training and development

Our highly skilled workforce is key to the delivery of our services. CMPE participates in the national training schemes for healthcare scientists and practitioners, providing placements to more than 20 trainees each year and ensuring that healthcare organizations will have well-supported physics and engineering services into the future. There are regular seminar programmes, and staff attend national and international courses and conferences. For those interested in progression to consultant grade, CMPE supports staff through the Higher Specialist Scientist Training scheme.

Graduate schemes

The main graduate route to healthcare scientist status is through the national Scientist Training Programme (STP). This is a three-year training post, leading to an MSc and registration with the Health & Care Professions Council. Successful applicants in the North West attend the University of Liverpool with work-based placements at The Christie and neighbouring hospitals. Direct entry to posts with in-house training or PhD programmes is also an option.

What we are looking for

For the Scientist Training Programme, you will need a 1st or 2.1 honours degree in a relevant subject. Entry at all levels of the profession will require skills in English and maths. To work in medical physics and engineering you need to be creative and have excellent communications skills, as you never know what the next phone call will bring. Experience in the field, for example a summer placement, or evidence of practical application of your skills will be an advantage.

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