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Principal Radiographer - Interventional Theatres

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year On call payments as per trust policy
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a motivated Radiographer with a specialist interest in Interventional Radiology imaging to work within the Radiology department and interventional suites at Liverpool University Hospital based at the Aintree site.

The post holder will provide clinical leadership during the week as well as being part of an on call service, which requires clinical competence in both IR, Vascular Hybrid theatres and Cardiac Cath lab imaging.

The successful post holder will support the ongoing development of the IR service and will be involved in both clinical and management aspects of the IR service including working with other specialist areas.

Main duties of the job

The role requires working as part of a multidisciplinary team delivering high quality imaging using a patient centred approach. There is also a commitment to providing out of hours service as part of this role.

The Interventional dept has 2 IR theatres, 1 Ultrasound/multi-purpose room and a 5 bedded recovery area. The service covers a wide variety of procedures as the dept supports many specialist services based on the Aintree site including Regional Trauma, MFU, Regional Vascular and Regional Stroke unit.

The Vascular Hybrid theatre complex comprises of 3 theatres - 2 Hybrid theatres containing Siemens Artis Phenos and 1 open theatre. This complex covers a multitude of vascular procedures including EVAR, FEVAR, BEVAR, peripheral vascular work and is a leading centre in complex endovascular work.

The Cardiac Cath Lab is a single plane lab that undertakes Permanent Pacemaker implantations and Diagnostic coronary angiograms

Key elements of the role are:
  • Personnel management on a daily basis including sickness management, rostering, appraisals and HR related issues.
  • Clinical competency in all areas of IR imaging including on call commitment
  • To work in collaboration with the Nursing Lead to manage capacity and demand of activity in Interventional Theatres
  • Attendance at meetings to represent IR
  • Radiation Protection Supervisor role and attendance at relevant meetings regarding this to represent IR

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities


1. In conjunction with the lead nurse be responsible for the day-to-day management of the IR Suite at the Base location site of LUFHT and to ensure service standardisation within the 24/7 hour service. This includes providing highly specialised services for other directorates as part of the Interventional Radiology team, e.g. Cardiology, Vascular services.

2. To take the radiographic lead in the multi-disciplinary environment to support the NHS Long term plan.

3. To act as the radiographic clinical expert in their relevant field, this includes decisions re further imaging or the administration of contrast media during examinations. 4. To liaise closely with lead clinicians thus contributing to the effective running of the service.

5. To partake in IR vetting and appointing patients.

6. To be responsible for the monitoring and ordering where appropriate of radiology consumables within the IR theatres.

7. To participate in multi-disciplinary team working.

8. Maintain a team of radiographers to a level of competency where they can operate the unit smoothly in times of the post holders absence and are able to provide a first class service. Collaborate with other lead radiographers and modality lead to enable suitable rotation of specialist radiographers, ensuring service needs are met and radiographers competencies are maintained and developed.

9. To practice within the rules of the Health Professions Council.

10. To ensure effective communication with patients, carers and all health care professionals about all aspects of patient care.

11. To maintain accurate documentation pertinent to the examination.

12. Supervision of and participating in training of all grades of radiographers in IR.

13. Act as a Radiation Protection Supervisor.


1. Ensure radiation doses to every patient are as low as reasonably practical (ALARP) consistent with a diagnostic result.

2. To work to radiographic protocols and policies are required under the ionising regulations.

3. To comply with IR(ME)R 2017 & IRR 2017.


1. To be involved in the planning/design of appropriate areas within the department.

2. To be involved in the evaluation and selection of relevant equipment for their area.

3. To be involved in Departmental Business Planning

4. Participate in discussions regarding changes to policies that impact Interventional Theatres and other areas of Radiology and the Trust.

This job description is intended as a general guide to the scope of duties and may be subject to consultation or revision as service needs required.

Clinical Governance / Quality

1. To comply with the Health and Safety Policies of the Trust including attendance at mandatory training sessions as specified.

2. To comply with departmental and organisational policies and procedures including reporting of all accidents and incidents.

3. To be responsible for the monitoring of the condition of equipment within the appointed areas.

4. To be responsible for the maintenance of equipment records and reporting of all imaging equipment faults and liaising with the equipment manufactures reservicing and repairs.

5. Monitor the condition of equipment within the modality area advising of any defects in equipment or systems thus providing an early warning for potential hazards.

6. To ensure that potential hazards are identified and reported to the correct authority as necessary.

7. To participate in clinical audit as appropriate.

8. First line of investigation of complaints.

9. To observe patient confidentiality at all times and to comply with the data protection act and Caldicott recommendations.

10. All employees of the Trust are required to carry out their duties with due regard to the fair access policy and respect the culture beliefs and customs held by clients and staff.

11. To take a lead in the Quality Assurance requirements for the Directorate.

12. Undertake regular staff meetings and disseminate additional information as required.

Education and training development

1. To be responsible for the training and development of radiographers in IR.

2. To attend relevant training courses as identified and agreed with senior staff and managers during staff appraisal sessions.

3. To disseminate information from training sessions as required.

4. Participate and contribute to the staff development programme and educationalactivities.

5. To act as mentor to junior staff.

6. Maintenance of an up-to-date CPD portfolio.

7. To participate in departmental appraisal system and appraise staff.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Radiography
  • Evidence of CPD and attendance at short course relating to Interventional Radiology
  • HCPC registration


  • Post graduate modules in topics relevant to this post



  • Demonstrable experience of working in Interventional Theatres
  • Supervision of radiographic staff
  • Demonstrable understanding of clinical governance issues in relation to patient care


  • Knowledge of NHS Long Term Plan
  • Management experience
  • Participation in audit projects



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Keep all records up to date in a clear, accurate and concise manner on a day-today basis
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to manage change
  • Ability to train/mentor staff
  • Excellent organisational skills - ability to plan and prioritise acting autonomously, able to make a rapid assessment and act appropriately


  • IT skills. Word processing, E.Mail and spread sheets



  • Demonstrate commitment to task
  • Works on own initiative
  • Works as a team player
  • Diplomatic/approachable

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


University Hospital Aintree


L9 7AL

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