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Head of Radiotherapy Physics

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 a year pro rata pa
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are welcome to join our dynamic, friendly and forward thinking team as Head of Radiotherapy Physics.

The role leads, manages and is responsible for the comprehensive scientific and technical service provided by radiotherapy physics service at UHDB. The successful candidate will empower the team to deliver high quality and innovative patient care through providing strategic leadership and by promoting a culture of inclusivity and continuous improvement.

Radiotherapy Physics provides a comprehensive clinical physics service to University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB) providing radiotherapy treatments to the Trust's population in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. We have 4 Varian linear accelerators, a superficial X-Ray unit and a well-appointed HDR brachytherapy facility. We utilise SGRT for many of our treatment including a tattoo-free breast technique. As we enter into an exciting new round of equipment replacement, we are looking to further develop our SABR service, introduce adaptive radiotherapy and increase our activity in research and development. We are aspiring to become an STP training centre and to participate in the Higher Specialist Scientific Training scheme.

Main duties of the job

The Radiotherapy Physics Department provides a range of clinical scientific and technical services within the Cancer Business Unit. The services include providing and checking radiotherapy treatment plans for patients, advising clinical staff on radiotherapy physics issues, measuring patient received doses and radiotherapy treatment equipment output, ensuring the safety of patients and staff in an environment which involves high levels of ionising radiation, ensuring equipment is operating safely and accurately, investigating complex faults in radiotherapy equipment and the evaluation, selection, procurement, installation and acceptance testing of equipment.

The Head of the Radiotherapy Physics Department directs these highly specialist scientific, technical and clinical services, leading strategic developments to the service in response to the changing clinical practices, technology and challenges of radiotherapy. This is a specialist role, with the freedom to initiate action within broad scientific principles.

Closing date of applications - 21 April 2024

Interview date - 2 May 2024

About us

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

In return we will offer:
  • Development opportunities, including both professional and leadership development
  • On-going support through every step of the way from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond.
  • A variety of other staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key Facts about our Trust:
  • Our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients daily
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust - over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A& E every day - 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients daily.
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification

Qualifications,Experience & Skills


  • PhD in Medical Physics and/or HSST Certificate
  • HCPC accreditation as a Clinical Scientist, MPE accreditation from RPA 2000.
  • A profound knowledge of all aspects of Radiotherapy Physics and associated UK Radiation Protection legislation is essential.
  • Able to give authoritative, clear and appropriate advice autonomously on all matters pertaining to a safe and effective radiotherapy service (with particular reference to the UK Radiation Protections regulations).
  • Able to give scientific oversight to all highly advanced Radiotherapy techniques such as IMRT, IGRT, adaptive radiotherapy, SABR.
  • Able to inter-relate highly effectively with all members of staff, Trust management, including Board members, and peers at local, regional, and national levels.
  • Clear, logical and persuasive written and spoken communication across all levels and with wider health and social care partners and agencies
  • Proven team leadership skills, with the ability to successfully deliver change and improvement


  • Radiation Protection Advisor accreditation from RPA 2000.
  • Extensive experience teaching, supervising and examining Medical Physics students at MSc, pre-HCPC registration and HSST level.
  • Proven track record in writing, editing and reviewing high quality scientific papers.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Derby Hospital

Uttoxeter Road


DE22 3NE

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