Radiotherapy Physics Technologist Apprentice (Healthcare Science Associate Practitioner) PORTSMOUTH HOSPITALS NHS TRUST

You could be new to Radiotherapy Physics, a motivated candidate with a physical science or engineering interest, if this is you we would love to hear from you! We are looking to appoint into a band 4 Radiotherapy Physics Technologist Apprentice to join the established, friendly and enthusiastic team of 22.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 22 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    AfC Band 4

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm, occasional evening and weekend work required.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    08 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

Key duties are providing technical services in Radiotherapy Physics, which may include:

  • Radiotherapy treatment planning using specialised software
  • Quality control measurements to confirm treatment equipment performance
  • Work in a workshop to aid in the making of devices to support Radiotherapy
  • Support to theatre activities

The training you will be getting

We will aid and support you in completing a Healthcare Science Practitioner Level 6 Apprenticeship with the University of the West of England (Bristol). The apprenticeship is a three-year course resulting in a specialist qualification in Healthcare Science, providing the theoretical and practical skills required for a career as a Clinical Technologist in HealthCare Science.

The apprenticeship programme is delivered via a blended approach, including a mix of online and face to face learning (travel to the university campus will be required on occasion, this will be funded by the department).

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Become eligble for a Band 5 Healthcare Science Practitioner role at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust. 

Possible further development for progression within technician roles and within Medical Physics.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Practical skills


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade C/ 4 or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent 3 A Levels including 1 STEM subject (Grade BBC (predicted or attained)) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science (Grade Pass) Desired
BTEC or equivalent National Extended Diploma including STEM subject (Grade minimum MMM) Desired
Other Access to Higher Education Diploma including STEM (Grade Merit in at least 15 credits) Desired
Other T Level in Healthcare Science or Science (Grade A-C in core components) Desired

Things to consider

Interviews will be conducted on the 5th June 2024. This will be via Microsoft Teams.

About the employer

If you are new to the area, we have so much on offer! Portsmouth is a vibrant city and tourist destination on the south coast with convenient access to the South Downs National Park, New Forest, and the Isle of Wight, and just 90 minutes from London Waterloo by train. Whether your passion is the outdoors, with beaches, sailing, kite surfing, horse-riding and hiking on our doorstep, or culture, in the birthplace of Charles Dickens, with two theatres and a major concert venue in the city, and the Historic Dockyard of Britain’s naval history, Portsmouth has something for everyone. If you like to travel and explore, Portsmouth ferries sail to the Channel Islands, France and Spain and cruise ships depart from nearby Southampton to the Mediterranean, Baltic, Carribean and Nordic seas. Southampton airport is just 20 miles away, serving destinations across the British Isles and Europe. The radiotherapy department has four Varian Truebeam linacs, an Xstrahl kV unit, a Varian Bravos HDR unit, and LDR brachytherapy service. Planning is performed on a new RaySearch treatment planning system, with Prosoma, Diamond, PerFraction and Compass-Dolphin QC systems available.




Queen Alexandra Hospital

Southwick Hill Road




Sam Barnes

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Healthcare science practitioner (integrated degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Please apply through our SmartRecruiters portal. Please provide a statement on why you wish to be a part of the Radiotherapy Physics team. (This should be included in the 'Message to Hiring Manager' on the first page of the application form and must be between 300 - 500 words.) Interviews will be conducted on 5th June 2024 via Microsoft Teams.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 22 May 2024