Medical Imaging and Medical Physics Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Contact Us


      Clinical Director
      Dr Matthew Bull


      Scientific Director
      Prof. Wendy Tindale OBE


Careers and Training
        in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering

Within the Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals we employ scientific staff who contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of patients in many different ways, across a wide range of healthcare settings.

Over the years, as our roles and responsibilities have evolved we have adopted new titles which are often used interchangeably with the old.  Individuals may therefore be referred to as Medical Physicists, Clinical Engineers, Clinical Scientists, Clinical Technologists, Electronic Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Healthcare Scientists, Healthcare Science Practitioners, Healthcare Science Associates/Assistants or support staff.

Each individual member of staff will have specialist training which provides them with the appropriate skills and expertise to perform tasks such as:
               - maintain medical equipment
               - use radiation for diagnosis and treatment
               - manufacture bespoke surgical tools
               - advise on radiation protection
               - optimize magnetic resonance imaging sequences
               - perform nuclear medicine imaging
               - analyze a persons gait
               - build bespoke electrical equipment for clinical measurement

Beyond the routine, their research and development activities lead to new techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Nuclear Medicine Trainee  and Workshop Engineer with Physicist and Trainee studies MR theory


Scientist Training Programme  (STP)

Practitioner Training Programme (PTP)

Training for individuals who are educated to BSc level (with a minimum 2:1 degree) in a relevant physical science.

This nationally sponsored programme provides a combination of academic study and hospital based practical training and follows the 3 year Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) programmes.  It leads to the award of a higher degree (MSc in Healthcare Science) and prepares the trainee for State Registration as a Clinical Scientist and for subsequent employment within the health service.

We provide training in Medical Physics, Clinical Engineering and Computer Science (Clinical Bioinformatics).

Training for those who have A levels in relevant science subjects.

A number of Universities offer BSc degree courses in  Healthcare Science.  These include a series of hospital placements which provide relevant practical training. Successful completion of the course will lead to the award of a degree in Healthcare Science with an additional Certificate of Clinical Competence and will qualify an individual for employment as a Clinical Technologist.

We are currently supporting programmes in Medical Physics (University of Cumbria) and Clinical Engineering (University of Bradford). 

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Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering is a department within
the Medical Imaging and Medical Physics Directorate at
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Fountation Trust