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Principal Clinical Scientist (Nuclear Medicine)

Swansea Bay University Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We would be happy to consider applications from candidates who are currently working in Nuclear Medicine Physics within the NHS and could achieve the requirements of this role within a maximum of 4 years. If successful, such a candidate would be recruited into the annex 21 training pathway with targeted objectives that would need to be met to progress to the substantive post.

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic HCPC registered Nuclear Medicine Clinical Scientist to apply for a Principal Clinical Scientist post based at Singleton Hospital, Swansea.

The Department of Nuclear Medicine at Singleton Hospital is part of the Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering service and has close academic links with the neighbouring Swansea University. It is a busy seafront department which offers a range of diagnostic investigations and radionuclide therapies. On site, we have two SPECT-CT scanning rooms (GE StarGuide and GE 870DR), a regional Radiopharmacy service, an inpatient radionuclide therapy room, a mobile PET-CT service (static PET-CT service anticipated 2024) and a bone densitometry service. The Clinical Scientist team provide scientific and Medical Physics Expert (MPE) support to both the Singleton Hospital site and to Radiology based Nuclear Medicine services within Swansea Bay, Hywel Dda and Cwm Taf University Health Boards.

The post-holder will provide NM MPE and scientific support and will take responsibility for specialist equipment management. They will take an active role in advancing research activities in Nuclear Medicine and will have the opportunity to lecture at MSc level. This is an exciting opportunity to take part and lead change in a fast developing setting, including optimising use of the GE Starguide SPECT-CT system, expansion of radionuclide therapy services and working towards a static PET-CT scanner installation.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will play a key role in service maintenance and development, will act as a Medical Physics Expert in Nuclear Medicine and will liaise closely with the Trust's Radiation Protection Adviser to ensure that work is carried out in accordance with National legislation and guidelines.

The post-holder will maintain a quality assurance program for Nuclear Medicine equipment and give radiation protection advice to both staff and patients with regard to Nuclear Medicine procedures. The post-holder will take responsibility for optimisation of image quality of diagnostic studies and authorise technical reports. The post-holder will implement new work practices, provide relevant staff training, coordinate and advance research and liaise with external research bodies and organisations.

The ability to travel between sites in a timely manner is essential.

About us

We believe staff are our best asset and wewant you to be happy and confident about starting your career here in Swansea Bay University Health Board.

As one of the biggest healthcare groups in the UK we can offer a wealth of professional training and development opportunities in an innovative, forward-thinking organisation.

You might be a nurse ordoctor, maybe you specialise in a health science/therapy or can offer skills in one of our support services - wehave a job for you.

There are also apprenticeships, work placementsand volunteering roles available.

We are an inclusive employer and welcome applications from everyone whatever their sex religion or belief race age sexual orientation gender identity or, whether they are pregnant or have recently been on maternity leave, married or are in a civil partnership or, whether they are disabled.

Our values - Caring For Each Other, Working Together and Always Improving, show thatour commitment to equality is at the heart of everything we do.

If you want excellent career and training opportunities while living on the doorstep of some of Europe's most spectacular scenery,with all the benefits of a thriving and cosmopolitan city - look no further.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

Person Specification



  • QualificationsB.Sc (Hons) in a Physical Science (upper second or first class) M.Sc Medical Physics DipIPEM
  • Registered Nuclear Medicine Clinical Scientist with HCPC Medical Physics Expert on register held by RPA2000


  • CSci PhD in Nuclear Medicine / Medical Physics



  • Significant experience working as a Clinical Scientist in the field of Nuclear Medicine
  • (i)Equipment QC and management (ii)Image processing
  • (iii)Writing standard operating procedures (iv)Liaising with patients, relatives and other healthcare professionals (v)Safe handling, storage, accumulation, transport and disposal of radioactive materials


  • Teaching and training, team management, scientific publications, radiopharmacy

Skills / Knowledge


  • ooHigh level of expertise relating to scientific and technical aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic Nuclear Medicine. oUnderstanding of guidelines and legislation relevant to delivery of a nuclear medicine service
  • oGood analytical skills for scientific research and development oAble to understand, use and implement specialist manufacturer supplied software oDigital image processing
  • oExcellent communication and organisational skills oExcellent report writing skills oAbility to write standard operating procedures within a quality system


  • Team management and leadership teaching and training
  • Computer programming knowledge, electronics knowledge, computer networking knowledge

Personal attributes


  • oGood health record and timekeeping oAbility to work independently and as part of a team of technical staff oAbility to work under pressure oInitiative, self motivation and perseverance oCalm disposition and ability to deal with people oPresentable oReliable, flexible and trustworthy

Physical / Other Requirements


  • oMust have physical dexterity to draw up radiopharmaceuticals accurately and to fill radioactive test phantoms
  • oFull driving licence to travel between sites in South West Wales oAvailable out of hours in case of radiation emergency in South West Wales

Employer details

Employer name

Swansea Bay University Health Board


Singleton Hospital

Sketty Lane



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