Neurophysiology is concerned with the investigation of function in the central and peripheral nervous system.
Training and qualifications required
You’ll typically need A-levels ideally including at least two science subjects/level 3 equivalent for a BSc (Hons) healthcare science (neurophysiology)/Practitioner Training Programme. For the NHS Scientist Training Programme you’ll need a 1st or 2.1 either in an undergraduate honours degree or an integrated master’s degree in a relevant pure or applied science subject such as physiology, pure or applied physics, engineering, biology or human biology or sports science (if there is significant scientific content). If you have a relevant 2.2 honours degree, you’ll also be considered if you have a higher degree in a subject relevant to the specialism for which you are applying. Evidence of research experience is desirable.
Expected working hours and salary range
NHS staff will usually work a standard 37.5 hours per week. They may work a shift pattern. Most jobs in the NHS are covered by the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay scales. As a healthcare science practitioner, you’d usually start on band 5, with opportunities to progress to more senior positions. Trainee clinical scientists train at band 6 level, and qualified clinical scientists are generally appointed at band 7. With experience and further qualifications, you could apply for posts up to band 9. Terms and conditions of service can vary for employers outside the NHS.
Desirable skills and values
A mature, calm, confident but sympathetic approach, an interest in science and technology, confidence with technology, systems and processes, good communication skills, meticulous attention to detail, good interpersonal skills, able to work as part of a team.
With further training or experience, or both, you may be able to develop your career further and apply for vacancies in areas such as further specialisation, management, research, or teaching.