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Clinical Scientist, Radiotherapy Physics

Employer
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Location
Leicester
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

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Profession
Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We are looking for a motivated registered clinical scientist, with an interest in treatment planning, to join our friendly team in Radiotherapy Physics.

The postholder will need to participate in all aspects of the service but will specialise in routine treatment planning and treatment planning clinical development under the Lead Clinical Scientist.

You will join the department, based at Leicester Royal Infirmary, at an exciting time. A brand-new Brachytherapy facility, a new TrueBeam linear accelerator and an ARIA 17 Oncology management system upgrade have been commissioned to support treating patients with modern equipment and techniques. Equipment includes 4 Varian linear accelerators (currently 3 TrueBeam and 1 Clinac iX), Prosoma Virtual Simulation software, the Varian Eclipse treatment planning system, 2 wide bore CT scanners with 4DCT (Canon and GE), an XStrahl superficial unit and a Varian GammaMed brachytherapy unit.

As a registered clinical scientist, the postholder will be required to cover all aspects of Radiotherapy Physics but manage the legislative compliance related to radiotherapy imaging and The postholder will work closely with the treatment planning team of dosimetrists, clinical oncologists and radiographers.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job:
  • Perform routine and complex treatment planning and checking for external beam radiotherapy.
  • Take part in the planning aspects of radiotherapy trials, such as plan QA and governance.
  • Take part in routine work related to the dosimetry, brachytherapy and other elements of the service.
  • Work with other radiotherapy physics staff to develop techniques and new ways of working to improve safety, quality and consistency of radiotherapy plan creation and delivery.


About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

http://www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/aboutus/work-for-us/current-vacancies/

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Undertake routine and complex treatment planning for external beam radiotherapy.
  • Carry out associated dosimetry calculations, in accordance with clinical prescription and agreed procedures.
  • Analyse requirements and make complex judgements regarding treatment parameters and patient dose effects to produce the required dose distribution over the treatment volume, using computerised planning systems as appropriate.
  • Advise clinical staff on the effects of various treatment plan options on patient dose distributions.
  • Discuss and agree approaches with clinical staff to create optimum treatment plans and advise on aspects of the treatment and patient set-up, as required.
  • Assist with the provision of routine physics support to brachytherapy treatments. Carry out dose calculations and prepare patient dose distributions.
  • Assist with providing routine support for physics dosimetry and quality control in radiotherapy, according to established protocols.
  • Undertake dosimetry measurements to a high degree of accuracy with suitable equipment.
  • Perform quality control and other measurements and procedures on highly complex, expensive (> �1 million) patient-critical equipment.
  • Perform and advise on dosimetry measurements on patients.
  • Provide complex advice to clinical staff and support developments in in-vivo dosimetry and mega voltage imaging.
  • Assist in the maintenance, application and development of treatment planning computer systems.
  • Provide scientific and technical advice to radiotherapy consultants and other staff regarding the treatment of patients.
  • Maintain HCPC registration.
  • Participate in the on-call/bleep Duty Physicist rota.

please see job description/person specification for full details on the role.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications

Essential

  • A first or second class honours degree in Physics or relevant subject
  • A postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD) or equivalent
  • State Registration as a Clinical Scientist or expecting to achieve State Registration within the next 12 months


Desirable

  • Evidence of attendance at conferences or training courses intended to extend the breadth and depth of knowledge.


Experience

Essential

  • Experience in all areas of Radiotherapy Physics.
  • Participated in service development


Desirable

  • Treatment Planning experience and personal interest.
  • Involvement with quality system Clinical / quality audit Completed research / development projects


Skills

Essential

  • Understanding of specific areas of current radiotherapy research.
  • Knowledge of clinical oncology.


Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Address

Leicester Royal Infirmary

Infirmary Square

Leicester

LE1 5WW

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358-5907232-CHU-A

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