Main duties of the job
- Take responsibility for running a unit and manage a workload of patients across all areas of the radiotherapy service
- Manage and co-ordinate radiographic activities and staff within the designated area of responsibility in order to provide an accurate, efficient and high quality radiation treatment service, ensuring the safe and competent use of radiation and the highest standard of patient care, in compliance with the accredited Radiotherapy Department Quality System and in accordance with the Professional Code of Conduct
- To be actively involved with the development of Radiotherapy Services
Assist in the supervision and training/teaching of pre-registration students and new members of staff.
- Highlight to line manager all issues of inadequate performance, including capability and poor professional standards, for students and employees. Provide evidence where necessary and requested.
- Apply safe and effective moving and handling skills in order to protect patients and staff and abide by Health and safety legislation in the work place.
- To provide, receive and use sensitive information maintaining patient confidentiality at all times in line with information governance legislation.
- Minimise risk of cross infection through contamination by bodily fluids/matter. In accordance of the infection control policy
- To ensure that the highly complex radiotherapy and imaging equipment is safe and accurate to operate, both for staff and patients undertaking the appropriate machine checks and reporting any variances, faults and malfunctions .Maintain close communication and involvement with all Christie radiotherapy sites and host site
This is a rotational post and may involve working in Pre-treatment, Treatment
delivery (Protons and Photons) across all Christie sites
The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.Job descriptionJob responsibilitiesDUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- To ensure that the highly complex radiotherapy and imaging equipment is safe and accurate to operate, both for staff and patients undertaking the appropriate machine checks and reporting any variances, faults and malfunctions
- Undertake and evaluate radiation dose delivery and complex calculations involving a range of radiation types and energies
- Interpret, monitor and evaluate the treatment prescriptions to ensure that radiotherapy is delivered accurately and reproducibly and in accordance with the quality system
- Evaluate delivery of radiotherapy through application and interpretation of treatment verification procedures
- Ensure the team follows appropriate systems and working methods to achieve the safe, timely achievement of workload targets
- Be able to accurately position patient and operate highly complex radiotherapy and imaging equipment along the radiotherapy pathway
- Ensure the team keeps accurate records and comply with necessary policies and procedures
- Analyse systematically and evaluate all data and information relevant to patients diagnosis, ensuring the patient and their relatives are treated with dignity and respect at all times
- Communicate confidential sensitive information, and provide emotional support, to patients and their carers/relatives including children and the terminally ill
- Provide information to patients and their carers with regard to the radiotherapy pathway and expected side effects
- To communicate accurate and timely information with all other disciplines involved along the patients pathway
- With the team on the unit, patients and the wider multidisciplinary team manage areas of conflict and escalate as necessary
- Anticipate and identify common and complex treatment related side effects, offering advice and where necessary refer to other relevant health care professionals.
- To provide, receive and use sensitive information maintaining patient confidentiality at all times in line with information governance legislation
- Apply safe and effective moving and handling skills in order to protect patients
- Graduate level qualification in radiotherapy
- Registration with the HCPC as a Therapeutic Radiographer
- Evidence of post-registration study/education in area relevant to role
- Clinical Experience within a treatment setting
- Experience of quality, governance and service improvement
- Experience of working within a team environment
- Evidence of CPD activity
- Awareness of contemporary trends in advanced radiotherapy
- Knowledge of the principles of radiotherapy applied to all aspects of the radiotherapy pathway
- Good knowledge of other relevant legislation, guidance and national working parties in radiotherapy
- Ability to communicate effectively
- Demonstration of leadership skills
- Excellent IT Skills
Employer detailsEmployer name
- Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours
The Christie NHS FTAddress
Radiotherapy Withington Treatment - E00079
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