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Head of imaging physics

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 Per Annum
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
The imaging physics group provides high quality scientific and technical advisory services in the field of radiation protection and diagnostic radiology physics, providing services to a number of radiation employers, primarily NHS Trusts and breast screening programmes.

A wide range of services are provided by a team of scientific, technical and administrative staff. These include imaging equipment performance testing and optimisation, support for department's own QC procedures assistance with radiation audits teaching and training a variety of staff groups in radiation physics and associated legislation patient dose monitoring personal dosimetry for staff working with ionising radiation and risk assessments.

The main roles of this post will be to:
  • Lead and manage the imaging physics team
  • Assist with the provision of scientific support and quality assurance for our service users
  • Act as MPE for x-ray imaging for this Trust and other clients
  • Act as RPA for x-ray imaging for NHS and private organisations
  • Line manage clinical scientists and technologists within our team
  • Provide effective input into the work of the Trust, to support the achievement of our vision and values

Main duties of the job

Management of the service provided by the group including line management of scientific, technical and administrative staff.

Ensuring that the service provides scientific support to users such that legislative requirements are met.

Act as Radiation Protection Adviser to ensure compliance with the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017.

To act as Medical Physics Expert to ensure compliance with the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017.
  • To provide specialist advice on specification and selection of a wide range of highly complex x-ray equipment to ensure patient safety and the optimisation of image quality and radiation dose.
  • To be responsible for the programme of dose audits for radiological installations including the breast screening programmes supported by this organisation.
  • Identify and liaise with manufacturer's representatives and colleagues as necessary to resolve issues related to radiological physics.
  • Undertake audits of compliance with radiation protection legislation with clients ensuring appropriate communications styles and methods. Clients being audited may be apprehensive about the audit and the outcomes.
  • Develop and expand the workforce such that the group can continue to provide a high quality service.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values
  • Compassion
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Courage

We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds. This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Takes responsibility to ensure that Professional Registration is up to date at all times and does not lapse or expire and to inform line management immediately with any concerns of if registration lapses or expires (all registered staff).

This post involves incidental access to the public and does not have access to children and/or vulnerable adults, as defined by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Therefore, no DBS check is required of the post holder.

The Trust requires all new starters to subscribe to the DBS update service, where it is a requirement of the role.

Be responsible for maintaining own vaccinations that are applicable to the role.

Safeguard patient confidentiality at all times, including adherence to the Data Protection Act.

Attend statutory and mandatory training and refresher courses as necessary.

This post is subject to the terms and conditions of employment of Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.

Be aware of the responsibilities of all employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors and staff.

Ensure that all duties are carried out to the highest possible standard, and in accordance with current quality initiative within the area of work and the Trusts Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

Have a commitment to identifying and minimising risk, report all incidents and report to the manager any risks which need to be assessed.

Any other duties commensurate with the grade and in line with the requirements of the post.

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post and it does not form part of the contract of employment. If the duties of the post change and develop the job description will be reviewed and will be subject to amendment, in consultation with the post holder. Appropriate notice of such changes will be given

Person Specification

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Able to train specialist and non-specialist staff in complex highly specialist subject matter (e.g. radiation physics, legislation etc)
  • Able to identify and seek assistance for complex and unpredictable situations
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to communicate complex information to many different groups of staff i.e. at a range of levels
  • Able to present papers at scientific meetings



  • Able to understand and operate a wide range of diagnostic imaging equipment
  • Able to analyse highly complex data Able to devise methods of analysing data
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Able to communicate with other healthcare professionals to discuss scientific results and data
  • Ability to deliver difficult information e.g., equipment problems which may result in cancellation of patients and screening lists or repeated examinations

Knowledge and Experience


  • Extensive specialist knowledge in radiation and imaging physics as applied to medicine
  • Highly specialist knowledge of the techniques employed to measure the performance and radiological safety of a range of x-ray imaging equipment
  • High level and detailed knowledge of radiation protection legislation in healthcare
  • High level knowledge of national standards, professional and other guidelines, relevant to specialist area
  • Experience in the areas of the use of ionising radiation in medical physics, medical imaging evaluation, radiation detection and measurement
  • Able to performance test a wide range of diagnostic x-ray equipment complexed equipment.
  • High level understanding of patient and staff risks arising from radiation exposure and of the image quality requirements for a range of diagnostic imaging procedure

Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • BSc (Hons) Physics or equivalent
  • MSc in Radiation Physics or equivalent experience
  • Registered Clinical Scientist
  • Registered Medical Physics Expert (Diagnostic Radiology) & Registered Radiation Protection Advisor

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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