Careers

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust includes Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Chest Clinic. We also run a number of smaller satellite units enabling people to be treated as close to home as possible.

We serve a diverse range of communities within Birmingham East and North, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and South Staffordshire; everywhere from Tamworth through to Meriden and Bordesley Green East seeing and treating more than 1.2 million people every year.  In 2015/16 we dealt with: 907,602 outpatient attendances, 261,225 A&E attendances, 87,198 day case & elective spells, 74,182 emergency spells and supported 9,989 births.

The Trust is a world leader in tackling MRSA and specialises in treating patients suffering from a wide range of illnesses including heart and kidney disease, cancer, HIV and AIDS, as well as respiratory conditions like Cystic Fibrosis. We also have expertise in premature baby care, bone marrow transplants and thoracic surgery.

The Imaging Directorate provides 24/7 service delivery and has an established track record of service re-design and transformation.  The current focus has seen a financial investment of over £3 million to upgrade and modernise the equipment and facilities at each of the 3 hospital sites.  The Directorate performs over 549,547 examinations per annum providing a wide range of general and specialised services in support of the clinical units within the Trust. A high proportion of these services are for in-patients of general and specialised directorates with a wide variety of acute medical and surgical conditions.

Design and enabling works have begun on a multi-million Ambulatory Care and Diagnostics (ACAD) centre at Heartlands. The £70m project, due for completion in 2020,  will see the purpose-built centre provide world-class facilities to accommodate interventional radiology together with CT, MRI, ultrasound and plain film facilities.

The Imaging Directorate is committed to providing opportunities for imaging staff to continue their professional development (CPD) and actively encourages role extension including assistant and advanced practice. The Directorate strives to provide an appropriate learning environment where each individual is encouraged to achieve their full potential, supporting the delivery of our mission and vision, Pioneering the future of Medical Imaging… an inclusive and progressive diagnostic imaging service delivering excellence for all, now and for generations to come.  Further information may be found under Practice & Education.

Job Opportunities

All of our vacancies are advertised on the NHS Jobs website where you can complete and submit your application form.  Upon an application being submitted the Directorate encourages applicants to arrange an informal site visit.

The Imaging Directorate continues to support the four tier structure across all sites and actively promotes recruitment and retention through training and development of our employees. To demonstrate this, please see the ‘story boards’ and ‘career timelines’ of career progression below:

Work Experience

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has a major teaching commitment to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. The Imaging Directorate, in conjunction with the entry requirements of Universities and Colleges, offers observational Work Experience placements for students interested in taking on the BSc Hons Diagnostic Radiography degree at University.

NHS Careers provide an information sheet which can be found here. In addition The Society and College of Radiographers have developed a website with useful careers information.

We try an accommodate as many students as possible who are interested in taking on Diagnostic Radiography for further learning as well as those who are unsure as to what Radiography is all about and want to learn more.

With the extensive range of imaging modalities and specialities available here at the Trust, it is the ideal place to carry out such a placement in order to secure a place at University for further learning or to learn more about the radiography profession.

For work experience applications: please complete an application form available from the Education Departments website and return by e-mail to: work.experience@heartofengland.nhs.uk or post it back to: Work Experience Department, Education Centre, Solihull Hospital, Lode Lane, Solihull B91 2JL.

An example schedule for our one day imaging observational placement can be found here.

Considering returning to practice?

If you have been out of practice for more than two years you will need to undertake a period of updating your skills and knowledge before you can become re-registered with the HCPC.  If you require a supervised practice placement please submit an expression of interest using the ‘contact us’ form at the bottom of this webpage.  Further information about HCPC’s requirements for returning to practice may be found on their website.

Clinical and Administrative Bank

The bank offers the opportunity for administrative & clerical, imaging support workers, radiographers and sonographers to work flexibly across the Directorate.  If you are interested in joining as a member of bank staff within imaging, please submit an expression of interest using the ‘contact us’ form at the bottom of this webpage.

Working life improved by package of benefits

Pension: the NHS is one of very few employers still offering a retirement package based on wither your final salary or a percentage of your pay over the whole of your career.

Pay: incremental scales subject to annual appraisal and based on your responsibilities and skills.

Holidays: at least 27 days’ holiday a year, rising when employment milestones are reached at 5 years (29 days) and 10 years (33 days).  Holiday minimums excludes Bank Holidays which are given over and above.

Flexible Working: scope for part-time working, job-sharing, term-time working as well as evening and weekend work and career breaks.

Equality & Diversity: we make positive efforts to recruit from many diverse sections of society to ensure all staff are treated fairly.

Health Service Discounts: Great savings at big name brands.

Building Healthier Lives Awards

This annual awards ceremony is an event which recognises and rewards staff and volunteers from across the four sites for their outstanding achievements.  All awards are open to staff and the public to nominate and you are encouraged to submit as many nominations forms as you like. You can also submit the same service for more than one award as long as it matches the individual criteria.  Further information may be found on the awards website.

Occupational Health & Wellbeing

Here at Heart of England NHS Trust it is our belief that a focus on the health promotion agenda, through wellbeing programmes, can deliver a far more productive working environment through:

  • Higher levels of staff engagement,
  • Improved morale
  • Reduced in sickness absenteeism and turnover
  • Healthier, motivated more active staff

Further information may be found at https://www.heftlivewellworkwell.co.uk/