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Senior Clinical Scientist - EARRPS

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
5 Oct 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The East Anglian Regional Radiation Protection Service (EARRPS) is a high-quality scientific and technical advisory service in the field of radiation protection and diagnostic radiology physics. We are looking for a Senior Clinical Scientist, specialising in radiation protection and diagnostic radiology physics to join our service.

The service promotes systems of work that ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff when using ionising and non-ionising sources of radiation such as x-rays, radioactive materials, lasers and UV cabinets. A wide range of services are provided including, imaging equipment performance testing and optimisation, radiation facility design and environmental monitoring, patient radiation dose assessment, regulatory audits and advice, instrument calibration, radioactive waste management and, teaching and training.

You will be responsible for leading and coordinating specific areas of the service depending on skills and experience.

Main duties of the job

You will be a HCPC-registered Clinical Scientist with significant experience in the delivery of diagnostic radiology physics and radiation protection. You must be qualified to act as a Medical Physics Expert in relevant modalities and/or a Radiation Protection Advisor (or have sufficient knowledge and experience to apply for the relevant certification within 6 months of appointment). You will operate within both our HSE-recognised RPA Body and our ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System.

A passion for service delivery is essential along with an ability to coordinate and supervise the work of others. You should have excellent communication skills and experience of multidisciplinary teaching and training. You will be required to travel throughout the region on a regular basis and may be asked to work from other hospitals in the region, depending on future service developments and individual circumstances.

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 on 2nd October 2023

Interviews are due to be held on 13th October 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



  • 1.Honours degree in a relevant subject. 2.MSc. in Medical/Radiation Physics (or equivalent). 3.HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist. 4.Certification as a qualified expert i.e. Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) and/or Medical Physics Expert (MPE) and/or Radioactive Waste Advisor (RWA) and/or Laser Protection Advisor (LPA) (or likely to gain such certification within 6 months of appointment).


  • 1.Corporate membership of relevant professional body. 2.PhD degree.



  • 1.Sufficient knowledge and experience of radiation protection legislation to be able to act within an HSE-recognised RPA Body. 2.Demonstrable experience in interpreting different situations and judging measures required to ensure regulatory compliance in areas related to the use of ionising radiation in healthcare. 3.Specialist experience in the assessment of x-ray imaging equipment and judging measures required to ensure compliance with legislation and recommended performance standards. 4.Experience of teaching and training on a range of topics relating to radiation protection to a range of professional groups.


  • 1.Knowledge and experience of radioactive waste disposal and environmental radiation protection. 2.Experience of working with and advising on the requirements for the safe use of non-ionising sources of radiation. 3.Experience of working within a Quality Management System. 4.Experience of the use of computer systems, networks etc. within an imaging environment.



  • 1.Expert knowledge of radiation protection legislation in healthcare & biomedical research relating for both the use of x-ray and radioactive materials. 2.In-depth understanding of relevant legislation, national standards, professional and other guidelines (e.g. IRR, IRMER, ISO 9001:2015, BSI, NAIR, EPR, REPPIR, MHRA/IPEM/PHE guidance) 3.Extensive knowledge of dosimetry methods for exposures to ionising radiation. 4.High level of understanding of patient and staff risks arising from ionising and non-ionising radiation exposure. 5.Specialist knowledge of the techniques employed to measure the performance and radiological safety of state-of-the-art X-ray imaging equipment. 6.Understanding of hazards posed by, and precautions needed with: ionising radiation, non-ionising radiation, radioactive materials, infected materials (clinical and putrescent radioactive waste), electrical hazards.


  • 1.Expert level knowledge and understanding of ICT infrastructure requirements for clinical systems. 2.In-depth understanding of the requirements for the approval of medical exposures used for research processes.



  • 1.Able to prioritise and manage own work. 2.Able to exercise initiative when dealing with issues within own specialist area of competence. 3.Able to supervise and manage the work of others and encourage collaborative working practices. 4.Able to use Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint etc. to set up documents and spread sheets, extract information, calculate results and prepare reports. Able to set up and manage the acquisition and structure of information. 5.Able to use non-standard software for the analysis of radiological images including an ability to appropriately handle DICOM data. 6.Manual dexterity: ability to make accurate measurements using sophisticated testing equipment. 7.Able to lift and transport medium weight testing instrument cases (in excess of 15kg) sometimes upstairs. 8.Able to travel, with heavy equipment, distances up to 100 miles away. 9.Able to concentrate frequently when subject to unpredictable working patterns. 10.Able to concentrate for prolonged periods. 11.Able to deal with occasional distressing circumstances. 12.Able to communicate complex information across professional boundaries. 13.Able to present scientific papers at national and international conferences. 14.Able to train groups of other professional staff. 15.Able to deliver teaching and training on complex subjects. 16.Advanced negotiation skills when dealing with complex radiation protection situations at organisational level. 17.Able to deal with complex unpredictable situations. 18.Able to drive, valid driving licence.

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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