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Mammographer (Band 6)

Employer
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Keighley
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
To work effectively as a highly skilled, qualified practitioner as part of a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to the detection of breast cancer within the symptomatic breast service. To help organise and ensure efficient provision of the service and support the Team Manager Breast Imaging in the day to day running of the mammography unit maintaining a high quality service. In pursuing these duties the post holder will ensure compliance with the NHS Constitution (details of which can be found at the following websites www.nhsemployers.org or www.dh.gov.uk/nhsconstitution)

Main duties of the job

Assist in the efficient operation of the breast service by working as part of the team to undertake clinical mammographic procedures (including interventional work) , complete QA on equipment and justify imaging requests alongside providing excellent patient care.

About us

We are always looking for enterprising and innovative approaches to the way we provide our services. We are a national centre for telemedicine and introduced telehealth to the UK offender healthcare sector and also provide the service to patients in their care homes. Community matters to us and we are supported by 400 dedicated volunteers and have strong links with Bradford University, Craven College and Leeds City College to ensure we inspire the workforce of the future.

We want to attract staff who embrace our Right Care behaviours of compassion, a commitment to quality of care and working together for patients we want to make these part of our DNA.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To assist the organisation in the efficient operation of the mammography service.
  • To undertake clinical mammographic procedures as an autonomous and highly skilled practitioner, professionally and legally accountable for all aspects of their professional and clinical work.
  • To be highly involved during interventional radiological procedures i.e. Stereotactic core biopsies and mammographic guided localisations using highly specialised digital equipment. (This requires skill and precision for the digital locating of breast lesions and manipulation of co-ordinates to enable the radiologist to accurately biopsy breast lesions whilst patient in mammography unit, or the accurate insertion of wire localisation for theatre excision).
  • Setting-up the sterile trolley for interventional procedures, and ensuring safe disposal of all disposable items and cleaning specialised equipment including biopsy gun.
  • Have the specialist knowledge and experience to plan and prioritise your personal, patient and mammography unit workload.
  • Undertake specimen radiography, this includes co-ordinating the radiography of theatre breast specimens (patient is anaesthetised in theatre until the specimen is x-rayed and reported on by the radiologist to identify the precision of cancer removal with safe margins - this time is strictly audited).
  • To participate in the updating of imaging protocols, procedures, guidelines etc. when required.
  • To maintain the highest standards of professional practice, radiographic technique and patient care by interpreting departmental protocols and policies, following the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) guidelines and performing examinations to Occupational Standards.
  • To provide advice related to the mammography service when required.
  • To be able to work independently to high standards under pressure, sometimes single-handedly, during very busy one-stop symptomatic clinics for investigating breast cancer and surveillance mammography after breast cancer has been diagnosed.
  • A professional and personal commitment to maintain competence to practice by attendance at study days and update courses as necessary to maintain Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • When service provision allows attend weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings where patients radiology, pathology and clinical findings are presented and discussed, contributing to the discussion where appropriate.
  • Communicating with patients who are anxious and very concerned that they may have breast cancer, who may be distressed, requiring sensitivity, reassurance and empathy. Need to be well-informed to address patient concerns over cancer (and radiation dose) and be able to discuss complex and sensitive information with both patient and colleagues.
  • To ensure that all specialised equipment is appropriately and safely used, cleaned and maintained and faults accurately recorded, reported and appropriately actioned.
  • Perform rigorous quality control monitoring including radiographic and technical quality assurance checks on all equipment and document results. To have knowledge and understanding of the National Health Service Breast Screening Program (NHSBSP) guidelines with particular reference to Quality Assurance standards.
  • To work within and ensure compliance with relevant Ionising Radiation Regulations e.g. Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations [IR(ME)R] acting as both practitioner and operator under the regulations.
  • To take an active part in clinical audit and to help develop an effective approach to clinical governance.
  • To ensure that patient examination (including dose) and equipment records are accurately maintained.
  • To assist in the induction, training, supervision and sharing of knowledge to facilitate learning of trainee Mammographers, Mammography Assistant Practitioners, Radiology Assistants, Radiography students (under-graduate) and qualified Radiographers, nursing and medical students and others.
  • To liaise and promote effective working relationships with other departments and hospital staff including consultant level, and to maintain effective communications within the multi-disciplinary breast team.
  • To maintain close links with the main Radiology department, attending department meetings as appropriate.
  • To complete QA in area of responsibly in accordance with procedure and upload data onto the relevant area on Aireshare.
  • Ensure all Breast Interventional equipment is fully stocked and up to date.
  • To undertake duties outside of normal hours as required.
  • To undertake duties in other areas of the Directorate as required.
  • To keep up to date with Directorate and Trust information, events and developments by attending meetings, reading appropriate communications and discussion with colleagues.

  • Please see job description for further duties.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications

    Essential

    • BSc Hons Degree in Diagnostic Radiography or equivalent professional qualification
    • State Registration (HCPC)
    • Post graduate award (or equivalent) in Mammography


    Desirable

    • Post grad qualification in Interventional Stereotactic procedures
    • Experience working with CESM
    • Experience working with Breast Tomosynthesis


    Experience

    Essential

    • Minimum of 2 years post BSC qualification experience
    • Previous experience working within the NHS as a qualified Radiographer
    • Experience working within a breast imaging department
    • Experience in the training / supervision of Radiography students


    Desirable

    • Experience working within symptomatic breast imaging
    • Experience using Enterprise Imaging (EI)
    • Experience using CRIS


    Employer details

    Employer name

    Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

    Address

    Airedale General Hospital

    Skipton Road

    Keighley

    BD20 6TD

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    423-6001016

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