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Medical Physicist

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Medical physicists use science and engineering technology to develop, design and evaluate medical equipment and procedures, including radiotherapy, laser technology and imaging techniques such as x-rays. Medical staff use the equipment to identify problems or treat patients.

The Work

As a medical physicist you would work in areas such as:

You could be:

Pay

As a medical physics technician working in the NHS on you would start off on Band 5, £22,440 to £29,034 a year.

As a specialist medical physicist would be on Band 6, £26,830 to £35,933 a year. With further experience you would go on to Band 7, £32,013 to £42,205 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2017. Promotion would increase your earnings.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Most medical physicists work for the National Health Service (NHS), but there are also jobs in universities and with research organisations.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
3920
1 %
RISE
2022
3960
  United Kingdom
2017
28480
0.3 %
RISE
2022
28558

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

NHS Scotland generally advertise training posts early in the New Year and recruit up to the September start. There are usually around 20 posts in various clinical science disciplines available.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
Tel: 01904 610821
E-mail: office@ipem.org.uk
Website: http://www.ipem.ac.uk/
Twitter: @ipemnews

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council promotes the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of and education in science, technology, mathematics, computing and information technology. It awards the designation of Chartered Scientist (CSci) to those candidates who can meet the high standards required.

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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