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Guide to Cardiology and Clinical Measurement Jobs in the UK

What Clinical Measurement jobs?

The term Clinical Measurement is used in this section of the website to describe a number of Allied Health jobs, including:

  • Cardiographer
  • Cardiology Practice Administrator
  • Cardiology Practice Executive Director
  • Cardiology Technician
  • Cardiac Physiologist
  • Neurophysiology Technician

These Allied Health roles are sometimes placed under the broad title of Clinical Scientist (clinical physiology).

What are the prospects like for Clinical Measurement healthcare professionals?

The UK is home to one of the largest and most developed healthcare systems in the world and so the outlook for qualified and experienced Clinical Measurement professionals from overseas is very positive despite cutbacks in other areas. This page will give you all the information you need to successfully transfer your career to the UK and gain invaluable personal and professional experience. You can get the ball rolling by applying for healthcare positions here or by registering with one of the Allied Health jobs recruiters.

Is Clinical Measurement regulated in the UK? Will your overseas Clinical Measurement qualifications be recognised?

Clinical Measurement in the UK is regulated by the Health Professionals Council (HPC). The HPC classifies all Cardiology and Clinical Measurement as Clinical Science (Clinical Physiology). The title of 'Clinical Scientist' is protected, meaning it is illegal to work in a Clinical Measurement job unless you are registered with the HPC.

To register with the HPC as an overseas qualified Clinical Measurement professional you will have to meet strict standards relating to the following:

  • training and qualifications
  • professional skills and experience
  • personal character
  • personal health

All applications for registration are investigated individually so it is in your best interests to ensure the application is correct and complete before it is submitted. The processing time for an application is usually 4 — 6 weeks. During peak periods, or if your application is incomplete, processing can take months.

The cost to apply for registration is £400. This is a one-off, non-refundable ‘scrutiny fee’ which is separate to the registration fee you will be charged should your application be successful. Contact the HPC to find out the registration fees applicable. As a guide though, registration renewal costs £144 for two years and this amount can be claimed as a tax expense.

As part of your application you will have to provide a character reference, a health reference and two clinical references. You will also have to contact the university or institution where you achieved your qualification and have them provide a detailed overview of the course you studied. A comprehensive application guide can be found on the HPC website.

While this process can be a bit daunting, the pay-off of a healthcare job in Britain is a considerable reward!

What is expected of Clinical Measurement healthcare professionals in the UK?

The expectations placed on Clinical Measurement professionals varies greatly between different specialisms. Examples of required abilities include:

  • to carry out diagnostic and analytical procedures
  • to assess patients with diagnostic equipment
  • to perform procedures such as echocardiography

In all cases, employers will want to ensure that you possess a professional approach; excellent organisation and communication skills; the ability to work as part of a team; and a strong attention to detail.

How much can you expect to earn and what are the working conditions like for Clinical Measurement jobs in the UK?

Your salary as a Clinical Measurement professionals will be affected by your experience, qualifications and responsibilities. Salary rates may vary from the public to the private sector, although they are usually fairly similar.

The following hierarchy can be used as general guide for Clinical Measurement jobs:

Position Title Pay Band (NHS) Salary Range (all sectors)
Clinical Physiologist 5 £19.5K — £25.5K per annum
Senior Clinical Physiologist 6 £23.5K — £31.5K per annum
Chief Clinical Physiologist 7 £28K — £37.5K per annum

Your salary will also reflect the location in which you live. If you live in a high cost area, such as Inner London, then this will be reflected in your salary. The work hours for a Clinical Measurement healthcare professional in the UK are around 37.5 hours a week (Monday to Friday).

How should you go about finding the right Clinical Measurement job for you?

Whether you are applying for a specific Clinical Measurement job or simply looking for anything which matches your skills and experience, your first point of contact will probably be a UK Allied Health jobs recruiter. Recruitment agencies are heavily involved in the British job market - it is their business to find quality candidates for employers while simultaneously helping candidates to develop and progress their careers.

WORKgateways manages a network of the best UK Allied Health jobs recruiters to help you reach your potential.

Register with recruitment agencies up to 2 years before your arrival. Your recruitment consultant will then begin the process of finding you a suitable position, giving you a great head start to your working life in the UK. If your travel plans or arrival date changes, make sure you inform your recruitment consultant immediately.

Learn how to get the most out of your job search in our FAQs.

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