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Clinical Scientist

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 7
Full Time
Maternity Leave post in Nuclear Medicine Physics

We are seeking full-time maternity leave cover for 12 months in the Nuclear Medicine Section of the Medical Physics Department, situated in the St Luke's Wing of the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. The post is offered at Band 7 for appointment as a Clinical Scientist, but applicants with less experience are encouraged to apply for appointment at a lower grade.

You will be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Nuclear Medicine, have a flexible approach to your duties and the ability to work both as part of the team as well as independently in a busy clinical environment.

Working in the main department at Guildford and also providing support to the outside centres, you will be involved in all aspects of the clinical service including equipment quality assurance, imaging, in-vitro tests, molecular radiotherapy and support for the PET/CT units. Involvement in research and development projects will be encouraged

Main duties of the job

You will join our large team of dynamic and friendly Medical Physicists and technologists who provide scientific support to the Royal Surrey County Hospital, five regional Nuclear Medicine Departments and a number of private clients. At the Royal Surrey the Physics team supports three SPECT/CT gamma cameras (including one digital CZT system), as well as running a comprehensive Molecular Radiotherapy service (including I-131 for benign and malignant thyroid disease, Y-90 SIRT, Y-90 synovectomy, Lu-177 DOTATATE, Ra-223 Xofigo and Lu-177 PSMA). We act as MPEs for the privately-run local PET/CT unit, which houses a new digital PET/CT system. Through our external contracts, we support a further eight gamma cameras (including two SPECT/CT systems), eight PET/CT scanners, as well as cutting-edge private molecular radiotherapy services. We are active in clinical and academic research, participating in a number of molecular radiotherapy clinical trials. We also have a joint post with the National Physical Laboratory within the team, and close links to the University of Surrey. Training and development is actively supported, including course and conference attendance and STP and HSST training.

About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognising that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

Although it isn't the Trusts normal practice, adverts may close early, so you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will liaise closely with the Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC) licensed practitioners at each site responsible for delivering the clinical service. As part of the duty physics rota, the post holder will be actively involved in coordinating and administering radionuclide therapies. In addition, the post holder will routinely carry out quality control tests on a range of radiation detection and medical imaging equipment, including SPECT/CT and PET/CT systems. The post holder must strive to ensure that the principles of good radiation safety are practiced and that relevant statutory regulations are complied with. The postholder will liaise closely with the Trusts Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA) and Radioactive Waste Advisor (RWA), and will act as the lead physicist for at least one other nuclear medicine centre in the region for which RSCH provides Medical Physics support. A key part of the role is to support the development and implementation of new procedures and techniques, which includes both routine service development, as well as contributing towards ongoing clinical trials of Nuclear Medicine procedures. The post holder will work closely with other staff groups in the multi-disciplinary Nuclear Medicine team and with various other staff throughout the Trust.

Person Specification



  • Good (1st or 2nd class) Honours degree or equivalent in Physics, Medical Physics or equivalent Physical Science subject.
  • Specialist training on and practical experience with a wide range of Nuclear Medicine equipment and computer applications.


  • HCPC Registration as a Clinical Scientist.

Knowledge and experience


  • Specialist knowledge across the full range of working procedures and practices in the field of Nuclear Medicine, building on theoretical knowledge and practical experience
  • Specialist training on and practical experience with a wide range of Nuclear Medicine equipment and computer applications.
  • Specialised knowledge of clinical issues and their implications for Nuclear Medicine diagnosis and therapy
  • Expert knowledge of Nuclear Medicine Physics, including therapy procedures and practices.
  • High level of understanding of patient and staff risks arising from use of radioactive materials and equipment failure.
  • In-depth understanding of relevant legislation, national standards, professional and other guidelines, including: IRR, IR(ME)R, MARS (ARSAC), EPR


  • 2 years relevant experience
  • Knowledge of research techniques

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Surrey Hospital



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