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​​Band 8d Head of Radiotherapy Physics

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 a year
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced and enthusiastic radiotherapy physicist with the skills and desire to lead the radiotherapy physics team at UHB? If so we have a great opportunity for you. Our team comprises approximately 50 highly skilled staff delivering the physics activities which are integral to the UHB radiotherapy service. This specialist service treats around 4500 new patients each year on the departments 9 accelerators, superficial x-ray and HDR systems. There are 5 Elekta Versa machines in the main department plus one in the adjacent Harborne Hospital, 1 Cyberknife and - in the medium term - there will be 2 x RadiXact machines. Imaging is provided by 3 wide-bore CT scanners and -- in the short term -- an on-site MRI scanner.

You should be experienced in leading and managing large teams of scientists and clinical technologists, and have a strong national and ideally international reputation in the area of radiotherapy physics. You must have the enthusiasm and personality to build strong and productive relationships with colleagues of all professions at UHB, in the Schools of Medicine and Physics in the University of Birmingham and with the other radiotherapy teams in the West Midlands.

The Radiotherapy Physics service at UHB is one of 4 services of the Medical Physics department, the others being Radiotherapy Physics, Clinical Computer and Imaging Sciences and RRPPS. With the other Heads of Service, you will become a key member of the leadership team of Medical Physics at UHB.

Main duties of the job

1.1 be accountable for the provision of a safe and effective RTPS to the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

1.2 accountable for the direction and development of the service, including service re-configuration, taking into account national policies and standards and in support of the Trust's policies and objectives

1.3 implement the UHB personal development and review system (PDRS) for RTPS staff and ensure that the training and development needs of all staff are regularly monitored and assessed, so that they can maintain appropriate State Registration by participation in an approved CPD scheme

1.4 support the RPA in ensuring that the services of the RPA, Qualified Persons and Site Officers are properly discharged according to the requirements of the appropriate legislation and national guidance.

1.5 support and advise the Trust in discharging its duties as the Employer under IRMER 2017.

1.6 be accountable for Clinical Governance in the RTPS.

1.7 represent the Department and the Trust by participating in national and/or international organisations dedicated to improving and/or developing the disciplines of medical physics, health physics and radiation oncology

1.8 communicate sensitive or contentious information to national or international bodies (eg Care Quality Commission, Department of Health, Cancer Research UK, International Atomic Energy Agency, UK and overseas granting institutions)

For a full list of main duties please refer to the job description.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a specific detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Good (1st or upper 2nd class) Hons degree in Physics from good university
  • M.Sc. in radiation physics or medical radiation physics
  • State registration as a Clinical Scientist
  • Registered as a Medical Physics Expert
  • Experience in lieu of formal HSS Registration



  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of radiation physics, radiotherapy physics, radiation dosimetry, clinical radiobiology and radiation protection
  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of scientific methods, including mathematical, statistical and research techniques and a broad knowledge of work at the frontiers of
  • Medical Physics, especially in the radiation physics disciplines.
  • Specialist working knowledge of a range of Medical Physics disciplines
  • Understanding of patient and staff risks arising from Medical Physics practice so as to be able to analyse and interpret the highly complex situations that arise, consider the range of options and provide and co-ordinate the necessary solutions

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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