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Deputy Head of Diagnostic Radiology Physics

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 per annum
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic physicist with considerable experience to join the Diagnostic Radiology Physics team at The Royal Marsden Hospital in a permanent position.

The post holder will be leading the groups academic, research and teaching activity and should therefore hold a PhD in a relevant subject. Registration with HCPC as a Clinical Scientist and holding an RPA 2000 Medical Physics Expert certificate is essential, and the post holder will act as a Medical Physics Expert in Diagnostic Radiology, procuring, accepting, commissioning and optimising x-ray and CT equipment, and contributing to routine quality control testing, patient dosimetry and radiation protection services.

The Department of Physics provides clinical services to the Trust and undertakes extensive basic and translational research. The Diagnostic Radiology Physics Group provide diagnostic radiology physics and radiation protection services to The Royal Marsden and to other hospitals. The Royal Marsden has sites in Chelsea, Sutton and Marylebone. The group is a friendly team and consists of 7.2 WTE scientists, a senior healthcare science practitioner and a senior radiology review coordinator, and we are based at the Cheslea site. We encourage all staff to participate in the Group's research and development activities and its extensive teaching and training commitments.

For informal visits and further enquiries, contact Ed McDonagh, Head of Diagnostic Radiology Physics on 020 7808 2512.

Main duties of the job

  • Deputise for the head of the diagnostic radiology physics group.
  • Manage the review process for radiology research studies and lead the provision of Medical Physics.expertise for research ethics applications.
  • Lead the group's academic, research and teaching activity.
  • Act as operational lead for one aspect of the diagnostic radiology physics group's service, such as the X-ray equipment quality assurance programme, patient dose audit programme, or radiationprotection programme, as required for the efficient delivery of the service.
  • Serve as Medical Physics expert for diagnostic radiology according to the requirements of the Ionising Radiations (Medical Exposures) Regulations 2017 (IR(ME)R). The post holder willoperate with considerable personal autonomy.
  • Participate at a senior level of professional expertise in the provision and development of the group's diagnostic radiology physics service.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits, learning and development opportunities and clear career pathways. There are opportunities to work flexibly across a range of areas and specialities and we welcome flexible working requests from point of hire to support employees work life balance. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.
  • Provide the lead Medical Physics Expert advice for research studies involving ionising radiation.
  • Manage the provision of Medical Physics Expert advice for research ethics applications.
  • Develop and implement improvements to the service.
  • Develop a cohesive research strategy together with the clinical leads in diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology.
  • Coordinate research activity within the group and oversee research activity in collaboration with other scientific and clinical teams, including machine learning and artificial intelligence.
  • Investigate and establish new research collaborations with clinical and academic teams, including funding opportunities.
  • Supervise students (e.g. MSc or PhD) or to be responsible for such projects as may be required.
  • Organise and develop the teaching activity of the group

Person Specification



  • Good (1st or 2nd class) Honours degree in physics or other related subject.
  • MSc in Medical Physics [or equivalent].
  • HCPC registration as a clinical scientist
  • Certified medical physics expert (i.e. on RPA 2000 list of existing MPEs or certificated through the RPA 2000 MPE scheme) in the Diagnostic Radiology field.
  • PhD in relevant subject.


  • Corporate membership of an appropriate professional body.
  • Certificate of Competence to act as a Radiation Protection Advisor issued by RPA2000



  • Relevant and structured training and significant consolidated experience across the range of working procedures and practices in diagnostic radiology physics.
  • Sufficient structured training and significant experience to act as a Medical Physics Expert under IR(ME)R within the field of Radiology
  • Demonstrable contributions to the development or applications of medical physics. Suitable research and development experience in other areas might also be considered acceptable
  • Experience of acting as Medical Physics Expert in research ethics applications
  • Substantial experience of using PCs.
  • Able to use Excel to develop custom spreadsheets with macros for data analysis
  • Experience of using image acquisition and image reviewing workstations for image manipulation and analysis
  • Experience of using computers in a networked and PACS environment.
  • Experience in programming using image processing software such as Python or IDL
  • Experience of supervising other staff.
  • Current evidence of Continuing Professional Development


  • Experience of directing research activity, research collaborations and attracting funding
  • Experience of using dose management systems / software for auditing patient exposures

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Chelsea

Fulham Road



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