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Specialist Head and Neck Therapy Radiographer

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity to join the Cambridge University Hospitals Radiotherapy Head and Neck Team.

We are looking for a highly motivated, Therapeutic Radiographer who is experienced in Head and Neck Radiotherapy planning and treatment delivery.

In collaboration with other members of the Radiotherapy and Oncology team, you will provide a key role in supporting patients receiving radiotherapy for head and neck tumours from referral through treatment and to follow up. Additionally you will improve and maintain the treatment pathway aiming to reduce delays and meet Cancer waiting targets. You will also have the opportunity for involvement in service development, audit and research.

The CUH Radiotherapy department is a regional centre providing radiotherapy services to a large geographical area stretching into Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are a specialist regional centre for stereotactic Radiosurgery and Paediatric Services. Our department is also extremely active in radiotherapy trials, with Cancer Research UK situated nearby on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

We support and encourage the education and CPD of our staff and you will be encouraged to work towards enhanced and advanced clinical practice.

Main duties of the job

  • Effective and efficient management of the Head and Neck (H& N) Radiotherapy pathway to ensure all local and national cancer targets are met.
  • Provision of high quality and timely information and support for H& N cancer patients and those close to them throughout the Radiotherapy pathway.
  • To undertake Radiographer-led assessment, recording and management of acute toxicity from radiotherapy for H& N cancer.
  • Liaison between all professionals involved in the preparation and treatment of head and neck radiotherapy to enable the accurate, safe delivery of treatment.
  • Produce and update patient information resources relating to Head and Neck Radiotherapy.
  • Understand and partake in clinical trials, local research, audit and service development related to H& N radiotherapy.
  • Act as an information resource for other health care professionals or external organisations on H& N radiotherapy.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 11000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 24 September 2023.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • -Diploma of the College of Radiographer or B.Sc. Hons equivalent
  • -Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration


  • -Post Graduate education in Radiotherapy or Oncology M-level award
  • -Clinical leadership qualification
  • -Clinical research / GCP
  • -Advanced clinical assessment skills
  • -Non-medical prescribing course



  • -A broad depth of professional knowledge and experience gained through involvement in complex radiotherapy planning, advanced radiotherapy delivery and holistic patient care and support
  • -Informal teaching and of a variety of healthcare professionals


  • -Evidence of clinical leadership
  • -Involvement in service development, clinical audit and implementing change
  • -Active involvement in clinical research including data collection and database maintenance
  • -Evidence of presenting or publication of research findings
  • -Experience of working with external partners in a healthcare setting
  • -Experience of managing complex pathways with multiple stakeholders



  • -Principles and practice of radiotherapy and oncology including use of IGRT for treatment of H& N cancers
  • -Diagnosis and management of Head and Neck malignancies
  • -Principles of Radiotherapy Planning
  • -Good Clinical Practice legislation and guidance for research and clinical trials
  • -Application of ionising radiation for medical exposure regulations (IR(ME)R)
  • -Regulations related to obtaining informed consent


  • -Awareness of criteria for alternative treatment modalities, such as referral to the proton panel
  • -Principles or radiotherapy volume delineation and plan production for head and neck cancers
  • -Current research activity and published findings with particular relevance to use and outcomes for H& N cancer radiotherapy and chemo-RT
  • -Electronic holistic needs assessment tool and other psychological support / quality of life assessment tools
  • -Possible areas of future service development including novel development of Head and Neck cancer radiotherapy immobilisation



  • -Excellent verbal and written communication skills with all health care professionals and service users
  • -Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams
  • -Prioritisation and organisation of workload independently and efficiently
  • -How to motivate and inspire others
  • -Ability to synthesis information, consider and evaluate risks and manage difficult situation
  • -Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • -IT skills including word processing / databases with experience of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint
  • -Advanced problem solving skills
  • -Presentation skills
  • -How to respond to change and apply yourself to developments in practice, including interpreting national and local policies
  • -Ability to challenge and question


  • -Advanced specialist and communication and interpersonal skills
  • -Project management

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • -Flexible working hours
  • -Possibility of remote working

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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