VOLUNTEERS are wanted to help ensure those people who are appointed as Consultant Clinical Scientists meet the necessary standards.
The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine holds a list of National Assessors to provide help, advice and guidance for the appointment of Consultant Clinical Scientists and to help ensure the protection of the public and the maintenance of professional standards.
IPEM advises employers in NHS organisations to build on the guidance provided by NHS Employers on the appointment of Consultant Clinical Scientists working in medical physics and clinical engineering. The Institute also draws on the standards of proficiency published by the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) to aid in forming opinions on post and candidate roles and responsibilities.
The main role of National Assessors is to advise employers on whether candidates meet the standards for appointment. They pay particular attention to the assessment of whether candidates have the required skills and competencies to fulfil the job description associated with the post. They may also advise on the relative strengths and weaknesses of candidates in relation to the required competencies. However, the decision on who to appoint remains with the employing organisation. National Assessors may also provide advice on:
job descriptions and person specifications
shortlisting of candidates
suitability of interview questions.
If requested, they may provide feedback to candidates on their application and interview, which needs to be accurate, honest and fair, and may include advice on career development. It is expected that any feedback will be given in writing.
To be considered for this role, individuals need to be:
registered with the Health & Care Professions Council as a Clinical Scientist
on the AHCS Higher Specialist Scientist register or be an IPEM Fellow
have demonstrable experience of working at Consultant Scientist level
have experience of interview policies and procedures
have wide clinical experience
have an understanding of national health and professional issues
have experience of equality policies
have previous experience of working at a national level
accept and work within the National Assessor guidelines established by IPEM, including a commitment to undertake training as required.
Anyone interested in becoming a National Assessor should send their applications to firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
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