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Senior Healthcare Scientist Radiotherapy Engineering & Maintenance

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year £43,742 - £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

This is a very exciting opportunity to join the Radiotherapy Engineering Team at UHPNT.

The successful candidate will become a senior member of Radiotherapy Physics with a brief to assist in the development in the Radiotherapy Engineering service in collaboration with equipment suppliers. This will include performing preventative and corrective maintenance on the Radiotherapy and Radiosurgery linear accelerators; currently these comprise Varian iX, Truebeam and Novalis. In the next two years, they will be replaced with state-of-the-art linear accelerators.

We provide specialist radiotherapy to the people of Devon and Cornwall, including brain radiosurgery, whole body irradiation and complex treatments of difficult-to-treat sites.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

Maintaining machine uptime by preventative and reactive maintenance. Our engineering team collaborated with high tech companies to ensure that we can continue to treat our patients safely and accurately. Working with a team of physicists and technologists to provide a high quality service and maximise the potential of our machines. Undertaking clinical trials, postgraduate training and research to ensure that we are delivering the best possible service.

Highly specialised training will be provided to the successful candidate. This post is nominally a 37.5 hour week although the nature of the work requires flexibility with some evenings and weekend work. The successful applicant will also be expected to take part in Quality control work on the linear accelerators

Applicants who are not qualified to this level may be considered for appointment at a lower grade initially and training will be given. Excellent fault finding skills and the enthusiasm to learn are essential.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be part of the Radiotherapy Physics team and have highly developed specialist knowledge in the provision of Radiotherapy Treatment Machine maintenance and Quality Control for patients undergoing cancer treatments.
  • To have expert knowledge of Radiotherapy equipment (linear accelerator) and their maintenance and repair.
  • To provide support to the Lead Engineer to ensure downtime is minimized.
  • To discuss with the Principal Engineering Lead, the impact of any modifications or repairs that might change the performance specifications of the linear accelerator.
  • To liaise with the equipment supplier and assist in planned preventative maintenance.
  • To liaise with the equipment supplier over fault reporting.
  • To work with other members of Radiotherapy Physics in undertaking routine quality control work on the equipment outside normal working hours when necessary.
  • To provide supervision and on the job training for other staff allocated to assist with Radiotherapy maintenance
  • To comply with all necessary Health and Safety and Ionising Radiation Regulations.
  • The post holder is a specialist in Radiotherapy Treatment Planning machine maintenance and quality control with regard to electronic, mechanical and computer aspects.

To collaborate with the Lead Engineer on strategic engineering issues both at Derriford Hospital and the wider area.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Specialist proven knowledge and extensive demonstrable experience in the maintenance of radiotherapy treatment devices
  • Proven ability to logically diagnose component and system faults on patient critical medical equipment
  • Proven comprehensive specialist knowledge of BS EN 60601 BSI Standard for Electrical Safety of Medical Equipment


  • Proven competence in senior technical role associated with the use, management and development of medical technologies



  • Proven Relevant Technical degree or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • Proven Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Proven membership of a relevant professional body



  • Good communication skills and ability to effectively transmit knowledge and understanding
  • Able to work in a busy environment and meet reasonable deadlines
  • Able to interpret and communicate detailed technical information to all staff members oGood interpersonal skills

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