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Career Grade / Lead Clinical Scientist

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Trustwide
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and flexible Medical Physics Expert experienced in Nuclear Medicine to join our multidisciplinary team at Newcastle Hospitals. The successful applicant will help provide scientific and clinical support to our comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services.

We are a large department of nearly 50 staff, including Clinical Scientists, Clinical Technologists, Consultant Radiologists, nurses and clerical staff. We work across two major hospitals, Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Hospital, and carry out around 18,000 procedures per year. We manage a varied therapy service (including Y-90 and Ho-166 SIRT) DEXA and two radiopharmacies and have specialties in paediatrics, cancer, cardiac and neurology.

We are active in research and provide support to Newcastle University PET/MR imaging and an external provider static PET-CT service, including support for accreditation for clinical trials.

Our team also plays a lead role in the provision of teaching for the MSc course in Medical Physics, Newcastle being one of only three accredited teaching centres in England.
  • Interview Date Wednesday, 27 March 2024
  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be:
  • A registered Medical Physics Expert with extensive experience in Nuclear Medicine
  • Providing scientific support for the diagnostic and therapeutic services within Nuclear Medicine
  • Helping to develop new and existing services, using published guidance, best practice and response to clinical need.
  • Performing quality control and commissioning of nuclear medicine equipment.
  • Problem solving and providing recommendations after appropriate investigation and analyses
  • Talking with patients about their procedures, radiation risks and advise them of radiation protection restrictions, in accessible language.
  • Involved in teaching, training, lecturing and/or supervision of trainees, MSc students and other NHS staff as required
  • Taking a lead on audit, research and development
  • Writing reports and presentation of findings at local and national level

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 2 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Performs a range of advanced healthcare science activities
  • Participates in the teaching and training commitments of the Service
  • Maintains and develops high standards of service provision throughout their area of responsibility
  • Contributes to the development, implementation and monitoring of clinical and organisational strategies within area of expertise
  • Initiates, in collaboration with the line manager, the development and delivery of research and development activities for healthcare advancement.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Education


  • oDegree or equivalent in an appropriate subject
  • oAppropriate post-graduate degree at master's level, or equivalent level of specialist knowledge
  • oThe post holder must be a registered Clinical Scientist
  • oRecognition as a Medical Physics Expert under national framework (or eligible to apply)

Knowledge & Experience


  • oHighly specialist in-depth knowledge and understanding of the application of physical and engineering sciences in medicine performed and developed within the Department, to doctorate level or equivalent
  • oHighly specialist in-depth knowledge and understanding of current legislation and regulations pertinent to nuclear medicine, including and radiation protection
  • oHighly specialist in-depth knowledge and understanding of current legislation and regulations pertinent to working area and the protection of staff, patients and members of the public
  • oExpert knowledge of radiation dosimetry
  • oAdvanced knowledge of working area, enabling post-holder to advise on the appropriateness of techniques, and to collaborate with clinicians in their interpretation and reporting
  • oAdvanced knowledge of scientific method and collection and analysis of data using standard scientific tools and software
  • oIn-depth knowledge of human anatomy and physiology
  • oKnowledge of Governance issues including ethical and regulatory considerations
  • oSufficient experience to be appointed as an MPE for diagnostic radiology
  • oExperience of investigating incidents involving ionising radiations
  • oExperience of teaching and training at postgraduate level
  • oClinical research and development as part of a team


  • oExperience of Positron Emission Tomography
  • oExperience of incident reporting and management
  • oExperience of performing, publishing & presenting research

Skills & Abilities


  • oAbility to interpret data, analyse problems and evaluate solutions
  • oExcellent written and oral communication and presentation skills
  • oTraining, teaching & mentoring skills
  • oGood IT skills
  • oAbility to liaise effectively with staff at all levels
  • oAbility to work on own initiative
  • oAbility to give technical advice to colleagues, senior clinicians and other professionals
  • oAbility to carry out research and development working as part of a team
  • oAbility to undertake complex calculation, data analysis and to issue reports on quantitative techniques
  • oGood report writing and presentational skills, including the production of scientific papers, reports and conference presentations


  • oWell-developed manual dexterity
  • oAble to use own car for travel to other sites when required to do so
  • oAble to move heavy objects e.g. lead shielding (within moving and handling guidelines).

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



317 Trustwide


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