NHS Scientist Training Programme

Latest stats for this programme in England and  Wales show that there are good opportunities for medical physicists in the STP. Overall competition has reduced:

There are approximately on average 22 applicants to every STP post (2016). In 2014 the figure was 31 applicants to every STP post and in the 2015 the figure was 26 applicants to every STP post.

For 2016 entry, clinical immunology had by far and away the highest competition ratio, with 80 applicants per post. There was some good news for the Medical Physicists though, with only 8 applicants per post.

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Focus on: NHS Medical Physicist

Jonathan Dixon, University of Edinburgh physics graduate and NHS Medical Physicist joined me at my physics career drop-in last week and gave an excellent presentation.

He introduced the different areas you can choose to specialise in and the training route ( working while you qualify).  The opportunities for progression and professional are good and appeal to those who want to apply physics in a healthcare context.I have attached his slides with his contact details. medical-physics-jonathan-dixon-nhs-stp_edinburgh

He encouraged students to:

  • contact him for informal enquiries
  • try and get a visit to an NHS medical physics department or an Open Day
  • look at the Careers Service resouces on medical physicist

Open days in Edinburgh at the Western General are regularly advertised each year by our current contact Bill Nailon  email:Bill.Nailon@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk