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There are a huge range of careers within Medical Physics. Some you can apply for at 16, straight from school. Others need more qualifications, or some work experience.

To help you get a better understanding of some of the careers available to you within Kings Health Partners, explore the information below. We’ll update this section regularly, with exciting new careers to get you inspired.

How do I become a...

This award-winning Apprenticeship was designed specifically for people living in South East London who’d like to work in healthcare but want to develop their skills in a practical, rather than an academic environment. You’ll help us maintain, test and repair our medical equipment, from the technology we use in surgical theatres and A&E to kidney dialysis machines, as well as all our medical imaging equipment from X-rays to ultrasounds. The skills you’ll learn on the scheme are the first step into a variety of career paths, many of which you can pursue right here at King’s Health Partners. Those who complete the apprenticeship successfully, will also gain Registered Science Technician awards.

Read more about ACTAS and its success.

  1. A minimum of 3 GCSEs, A-C in English, Maths and Science (or equivalent). You’ll also need to be a resident of South East London.
  2. Apply to the ACTAS 18-month programme.
  3. Achieve Registered Science Technician awards.

A huge amount of equipment of every kind comes into our busy hospitals every week. On average, around 1 in 200 of them will have a fault. That’s why your role checking and testing equipment from blood pressure gauges to breathing apparatus will be so vital. Take just one example – the CPAP mask (CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). It helps keep the airways open in patients who are unable to breathe on their own – like those with sleep apnea. As well as checking such equipment, you could be explaining how it works to a patient, so they can use it at home and get a good – and safe – night’s sleep. As you learn with us, you’ll have the chance to work on more and more complex machinery and develop your skills fast. In time, you could also train to be a fully-fledged Equipment Engineer, by taking your BSc in Healthcare Science (Medical Engineering).

  1. GCSEs at A-C grades in English, Maths and Double Science
  2. Either Science A Levels, ONC equivalent, or experience in a medical equipment role (e.g. Equipment Library Post) and some practical technical skills.

Clinical scientists in medical physics or clinical engineering work at the most advanced scientific level in the NHS. Whether troubleshooting complex problems or ensuring equipment and techniques work safely and properly, clinical scientists work in areas including imaging, radiation and device safety, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and equipment provision. They work alongside doctors and the medical team and undertake research and development.

  1. GCSEs A-C in Maths, English and 2 Science subjects
  2. 3 A Levels A-C in relevant subjects including Physics, Maths, Computer Science and Biology
  3. A degree in a relevant subject such as Engineering or Physics followed by entry onto the national NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP)

From checking and maintaining complex medical machinery to getting involved in clinical trials of new equipment, helping patients get to grips with medical apparatus and aiding medical teams with diagnosis, this is a hugely varied role. There are multiple areas of specialism from nuclear medicine to imaging and rehabilitation engineering to reconstructive science, all with exciting and rewarding career routes to follow.

You can join us in one of these roles either as a graduate trainee or as an undergraduate, doing your BSc Healthcare Science degree at Middlesex University combined with 50 weeks’ work experience at our hospitals.

Watch a video about the NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP).

  1. GCSEs A-C in Maths, English and 2 Science subjects
  2. 3 A Levels A-C in relevant subjects including Physics, Maths, Computer Science and Biology
  3. OR You can study for your degree at King’s Health Partners on the NHS Practitioner Programme (PTP). This involves taking the BSC Honours Healthcare Science (Medical Engineering) course at Middlesex University on a 3 year course, with 50 weeks on placement in our Medical Physics Department.

In a busy hospital, there’s a huge amount of work to be done managing our Equipment Library. Whether you’re overseeing and logging the arrival of a delivery of infra-red thermometers from the manufacturer, delivering fully tested blood pressure equipment up to A&E, or taking heart monitors from the maternity ward for testing, you’ll be a key member of the team. It’s a great introduction to the world of medical engineering and physics, working within one of London’s leading hospitals.

  1. GCSEs A-C in Maths and English
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