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Specialist Radiographer in Radiotherapy Physics (Dosimetrist)

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic experienced Planning Radiographer/dosimetrist to join the UCLH dosimetry team as part of the radiotherapy and proton therapy physics team.

Applicants should be State Registered or equivalent. Experience of treatment planning using Varian Eclipse planning system is desirable. The successful applicant will join a growing team of dosimetrists liaising closely with physics, clinical and radiographic staff in the in the provision of radiotherapy and proton therapy physics services. The ability to work and communicate effectively with the minimum of supervision is essential.

Candidates must have a clinical background with good knowledge of relevant anatomy, physiology and pathology. As the dosimetry team is hybrid working, a good understanding of using Microsoft teams is also a essential requirement for this position.

Main duties of the job

The dosimetry team will be expected to produce photon and proton treatment plans for the UCLH casemix, including treatment complex sarcoma, head and neck, neurological and paediatric cancers.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in multidisciplinary discussions in order to produce the best treatment options for the patient.

The postholder will support the Senior dosimetrist in ensuring treatment planning pathways are delivered in a timely fashion across the radiotherapy and proton therapy services.

The postholder will support the development of new and existing techniques including production of the standard operating procedures and training competencies for staff.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Radiotherapy Physics Services consists of a team of over 60 staff consisting of clinical scientists, engineers and currently 14 dosimetrist.

The Radiotherapy Physics Section is part of a multi-disciplinary team in the Department of Clinical Oncology, which sees about 2000 new patients per year. The Radiotherapy Department is equipped with four Varian TrueBEAM linear accelerators. The department equipment also includes one orthovoltage unit and an Elekta High Dose Rate Brachytherapy unit. Planning equipment includes a CT simulator with full 4D imaging capabilities for Respiratory Gated studies. The Department offers a variety of specialised treatment services and is continually developing advanced treatment techniques. Treatments offered include: IMRT Volumetric Arc Therapy IGRT CT-based TBI Ultrasoundguided and CT-planned HDR prostate brachytherapy.

UCLH has also been designated as one of two national Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) centres for the UK. The Trust will be one of two sites delivering PBT across the NHS from 2021. The proton department is equipped with four Varian ProBEAM gantries with dedicated CT and MR planning. ARIA and Eclipse is in use across both radiotherapy and proton therapy. The proton service is sited within the Trusts campus in the heart of the capital where it enjoys a close collaboration with UCL on ground breaking research projects. The site has direct access to the Trusts existing radiotherapy department and will be a closely located to the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre.

Main job duties/responsibilities:
  • To participate fully in the provision of external beam treatment planning service provided by the Radiotherapy Physics Group.
  • To liaise closely with the Senior and Lead Planning Dosimetrist in the provision of the service Radiotherapy.
  • To participate in the implementation and audit of Quality Assurance programmes related to Treatment Planning.
  • The postholder carries out a specialised operator role in Treatment Planning with the production of treatment plans.
  • To participate in training of students and other staff members
  • To provide advice and guidance, where necessary, to the Radiotherapy Department in matters relating to treatment plans and techniques.
  • To effectively communicate and work in a remote environment if and when required.
  • To participate in research, development and implementation of new techniques.
  • To participate in audit.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • BSc Therapeutic Radiography or Diploma of the College of Radiographers D.C.R.T.
  • State registration or eligible


  • Evidence of further study/ ongoing education



  • Knowledge of varied radiotherapeutic techniques.
  • Treatment Planning experience


  • Experience of IMRT/VMAT Treatment Planning systems.
  • Knowledge of Varian treatment equipment and techniques.
  • Experience with ARIA Radiation Oncology Management system

Skills and Abilities


  • Must demonstrate good patient care at all times


  • Flexibility and ability to use own initiative and be innovative



  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to relate confidently to all hospital staff

Personal and People Development


  • Evidence of Continuing personal development (CPD)
  • Willingness to attend courses and keep abreast of developments in the service

Specific Requirements


  • Ability to participate in introduction of new radiotherapy techniques and to implement change
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the day-to-day running and organisation of a Treatment Planning section

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



250 Euston Road



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