West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Emunds
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a passionate and motivated band 6 Mammographer to work in the Breast Imaging department of the West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust providing a high standard of care to all patients.

We are looking for a dynamic, versatile, and hard working Mammographer to join us who holds a recognised qualification in breast screening (as per NHSBSP guidelines)

Based in the centre of Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds is a market town, within easy reach of London and Cambridge.

The department has a team that includes all 4 tiers of the skill mix, from assistant practitioner to Consultant radiographer.

The department offers a breast outpatients clinic as well as screening of the local eligible population on our 2 mobile screening vans. You will be expected to participate in all aspects of the mammography service on site and remotely, this includes participation in all QA duties.

All our equipment is fully digital and integral to our outpatient's department providing our patients with an excellent and integrated service.

Main duties of the job

This post provides symptomatic breast imaging and breast screening services on behalf of the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.

Provide specialist mammographic clinical technical services. To provide a full symptomatic and asymptomatic mammography service including working remotely on the 2 mobile screening vans.

Provide timely, efficient, and courteous provisions of breast imaging services to the agreed standards of the department, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Society of Radiographers.

Carry out all quality assurance on all mammography equipment

A hard working, professional and dedicated team member with excellent communication skills focused on providing excellent patient care.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job summary:

This post provides symptomatic breast imaging and breast screening services on behalf of the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.

Job responsibilities:

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:
  • Provide specialist mammographic clinical technical services. To provide a full symptomatic and asymptomatic mammography service.
  • Provide timely, efficient, and courteous provisions of breast imaging services to the agreed standards of the department, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Society of Radiographers.
  • Work remotely on mobile vans to provide the breast screening service.
  • Maintain up to date HCPC registration to practice.
  • Ensure requirements of radiation administration and protection are observed as identified in the department local rules, procedure protocols and guidelines.
  • Expert skills to perform all QA on all equipment routinely.
  • Communication:
    • Expert communication skills with staff and patients and the ability to handle difficult conversations.
    • Effectively communicate with all grades of staff, carers, and patients. Adaptation of skills is needed to explain and carry out a variety of procedures.
    • Provide and receive information relating to the management and imaging of breast imaging patients. This may be of a complex, sensitive, or contentious nature. Persuasive, motivational, and re-assurance skills will be required, in order to achieve agreement and cooperation from patients where there may be barriers to understanding.
    • Understanding of the sensitive nature of the role and the complex communication needs required.
    • Willing to undertake communication training or clinical updates as required.
  • Planning and organisational Skills:
    • To work unsupervised in a specialist area with autonomy making judgements on protocol.
    • Planning and organisation of own workload, including breast screening sessions on a mobile unit.
    • Adhere to the unit rota for clinic provisions.
    • To be flexible with working hours wherever possible, if required.
    • To undertake all Radiation, Health & Safety procedures as applicable to the department and/or Trust.
  • Clinical Duties:
    • Undertake all mammography duties for screening and symptomatic clinics including CESM, TOMO, assessment views, Implants etc.
    • To carry out tasks delegated by the Superintendent or Deputy Superintendent Radiographer in Mammography.
    • Work closely with other breast care practitioners and radiologists to provide a high-quality service.
    • Provide exceptional patient care.
    • To attend multi-disciplinary meetings each year as appropriate
    • Carry out quality assurance on all mammography equipment.
    • To maintain high standards within the breast imaging team and service at all times.
    • Manipulate complex mammographic equipment, always ensuring safe use.
    • To be responsible for the management of patient images and data including processing, archiving, copying, image contrast and multi-planar image display.
    • Report faults appropriately as required.
    • Follow the departments quality assurance procedures.
    • Accept referrals from other disciplines, adhering to Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposures) Regulation (IRMER), on justification of procedures.
    • Develop sufficient expertise in mammography to be able to act correctly on the information received.
    • Ensure adequate CPD to maintain HCPC registration.
    • Participate in trust appraisal scheme.
    • Undertake clinical research imaging if requested.
    • To participate in regular mandatory training including Fire Safety, Resuscitation and Manual Handling procedures and ensure these are followed.
    • Adhere to department policies on Infection Control and the Handling and Clearing of Bodily Fluids.
    • Adhere to departments COSHH regulations including dealing with a chemical spillage.
  • Governance:
    • To assist the department in audit and facilitating the Quality Standard for Imaging (QSI) accreditation.
    • Participate in Governance and support the Governance Radiographer Practitioner in departmental audits.
    • Ensure policies and procedures are followed, auditing processes as required.
  • Leadership and management:
    • Supervise and teach student radiographers and assistant practitioners as required.
    • Support new staff in induction. Teach and promote awareness and compliance with policies and protocols.
    • Work with an AP at remote locations and act as the supervising member of staff
  • Information Resources:
    • To be able to record all relevant dose information on CRIS as per Employers Procedures, in line with IR(ME)R.
    • Be able to enter patient details, access patient records/history and retrieve images on the Trusts computerised radiography systems and workstations as well as the patient archiving and communication system.

    Person Specification

    Education & Qualifications


    • oBSc radiography/ Diploma of the College of Radiographers
    • oPost graduate Certificate in Mammography or willing to train
    • oValid HCPC registration

    Experience and knowledge


    • oPassionate about breast imaging: awareness of the speciality.
    • oProven record of high-quality image production and patient care
    • oExperience with practical applications of QA within breast imaging
    • oEvidence of CPD
    • oExperience working in the NHS


    • oSymptomatic Breast Screening experience
    • oExperience of working in the NHSBSP
    • oExperience in working at high standards of quality.

    Skills & Abilities


    • oAbility to communicate with all grades of staff.
    • oConfident and assertive, but diplomatic and approachable
    • oAble to work as part of a team and independently.
    • oAble to use own initiative.
    • oAble to work well under pressure.


    • oAbility to travel to all rural locations to carry out post

    Personal Qualities


    • oAble to cope with stressful and emotional circumstances.


    • oFlexible approach to working hours/duties

    Employer details

    Employer name

    West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


    West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Hardwick Lane

    Bury St Emunds

    IP33 2QZ

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