Assistant Healthcare Science Practitioner with Admin Duties

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Closing Date: 08/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Full Time
Location Darlington
Salary £19,918 Per year
Company NHS Jobs

Job Description

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Assistant Healthcare Science Practitioner with Administrative Duties to work as part of our friendly team providing a diagnostic Cardiology and Respiratory service to both in-patients and out-patients. The post will also involve administrative and reception duties, including dealing with patient and staff queries, managing clinics on the Trust IT systems and making and amending appointments. The Principal hospitals within County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are Darlington Memorial Hospital, University Hospital of North Durham, Bishop Auckland Hospital and Shotley Bridge Hospital. The Cardiology and Respiratory Investigation Units comprise a Team of approximately 40 staff who provide a broad range of invasive and non invasive procedures. We are committed to providing learning and development opportunities to all our staff.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for someone who would enjoy a post combining both clinical and administrative work.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work as part of a team in a busy Cardio-Respiratory Department.

As a department, we pride ourselves on the quality of diagnostic services we provide for patients. You should have a good understanding of, or have experience of working in a medical environment and have the ability to remain calm, especially in stressful situations. Ideally, you should be technically competent to perform 12 lead ECG’s, as well as a number of other basic diagnostic procedures but this is not essential. Experience of reception and admin work would also be useful. You should enjoy training other healthcare staff.

About us

We are one of the largest integrated care providers in England. Over 7,000 Staff serve a population of around 650,000 people in the North East,

We provide hospital services from two acute sites – Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-Le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients’ homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services. The wellbeing of staff is important to us; we have a dedicated Health and Wellbeing team who provide support on a range of topics.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post will be based at Darlington Memorial Hospital, however the post holder will be expected to be flexible and there will be days worked at the Bishop Auckland Hospital site. You may also be required to support services at the other sites within the Trust.

We actively encourage and support all appropriate professional development and develop staff in line with professional and clinical competencies.

Minimum qualification: 3 GCSE passes grade C or above (or equivalent) one to be English Language and to either hold, or be prepared to work towards obtaining the SCST Award in Electrocardiography within the first year of employment.

Person Specification

Statutory Registration


  • Member of SCST



  • Good standard of education minimum of 3 GCSE A-C passes (or equivalent), including English Language
  • SCST Award in Electrocardiography or willingness to undertake with training within the first year of being in post.


  • NVQ level 2 Health and Social Care
  • NVQ level 2 Business and Administration or equivalent



  • Good understanding and / or experience of working in a healthcare environment.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


  • Experience of other tests performed in Cardiac and Respiratory diagnostic Departments

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Organizational skills
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills written and verbal
  • IT literate / administrative skills
  • Knowledge of Data Protection and an understanding of the need to maintain patient confidentiality
  • Ability to use discretion and use own initiative to resolve routine queries in line with departmental procedures
  • Flexible approach to work and adaptable to change.


  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Experience in performing spirometry and 12 lead ECGs
  • Basic ECG interpretation
  • Ability to use relevant Trust IT systems
  • Experience in mentorship

special requirements


  • Able to travel across Trust sites to meet the requirements of the post
  • Approachable and friendly
  • Ability to put patients at ease and work across all patient groups
  • Ability to work under pressure and to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • Ability to respond appropriately in an emergency situation.
  • Present a professional image at all times

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

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