As one of the UK’s largest and busiest neuroscience units, the Wessex Neurological Centre provides an integrated 24-hour acute neurosurgical and neurological assessment, investigation and treatment service to a population of more than 3 million people. In addition to outpatient care, our team treats around 4,000 inpatients each year. The centre also houses a large state-of-the-art intensive care unit.
For ambitious clinical physiologists specialising in neurophysiology, this offers a hugely diverse and challenging working environment. There are opportunities to gain experience in a wide range of procedures within this busy centre including electroencephalography (EEG), evoked potentials (EPs) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) building a solid foundation for future career progression into more specialist techniques such as intra-operative monitoring (IOM) and video-telemetry (VT).
Staff profiles and career pathways
Assistant technical officer (ATO)
Under supervision, the ATO assists clinical physiologists and consultants with a range of neurophysiological investigations. This role calls for a basic secondary education, excellent attention to detail and good communication skills.
Practitioner training programme (PTP)
Students undertake a three year full time BSc honours in Healthcare Science specialising in the neurosensory pathway. Work placements are undertaken in audiology, visual science and neurophysiology, developing and understanding in all areas. Students are trained to perform and interpret a range of basic neurophysiological investigations to a high level of competence. Academic requirements for the BSc in Healthcare Science are four GCSEs (Grade A-C) including Maths, English Language and Dual Science (or equivalent) and two 2 A levels (including two science subjects) or equivalent.
Scientist Training Programme (STP)
STP training can be undertaken following PTP training or via direct entry with an appropriate degree, experience and professional qualifications. An MSc in Healthcare Science with Neurosensory specialism lasting three years is undertaken whilst working in a neurophysiology department allowing application of underpinning knowledge and gaining valuable experience. Personal and professional development is encouraged and supported to enable staff to achieve their aspirations.
Chartered Scientist Neurophysiology
Qualified professionals manage, plan, perform, develop and interpret a range of basic and advanced neurophysiological investigations. This is a progression from PTP and then STP or equivalents with relevant experience and professional qualifications.
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