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Radiotherapy Technology Specialist (XR07)

Employer
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Location
Leeds
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated person to lead our mechanical engineering team in Radiotherapy Technology Services (RTS) at Bexley Wing, St. James's Hospital, Leeds .

Working collaboratively with clinical and scientific staff, you will be supporting the clinical radiotherapy service to treat patients though the safe and effective repair and maintenance of medical equipment including 12 Elekta VersaHD linacs, 3 Philips Brilliance Big Bore CT Simulators, a Flexitron remote afterloading unit, Gamma Knife ICON, and MR simulator.

In addition to this wide variety of equipment, your creativity and experience in managing medical devices will serve you well as you work closely with the advanced practitioner and join our multidisciplinary project teams in a lead role to provide mechanical engineering expertise in the design and development of novel medical and non-medical devices to solve the unique challenges faced in delivering high quality care in radiotherapy and beyond.

We welcome interested applicants to contact us for a departmental visit and more information on this role.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the role include:

- Leading, motivating, and developing a team of five clinical technologists.

- Ensuring that design, development, manufacture, and modification of devices within the section are carried out within the relevant quality and legislative frameworks.

- Collaborating with technologists, clinical, and scientific staff to support the implementation of innovative engineering solutions to support the continuous improvement of oncology services.

- Leading in the diagnosis, maintenance, and repair of radiotherapy pre-treatment and treatment delivery systems.

- Allocating resource to service requests and projects.

- Training others in equipment management and mechanical engineering skills for use in a healthcare science environment.

The post holder will provide project management and technical leadership skills though the demonstration of a high level of understanding of Medical Devices Regulations, the application of risk management to medical devices, and managing the risk associated with bringing custom-made treatment devices into clinical use.

About us

Radiotherapy Technology Services (RTS) is a group within the Radiotherapy Physics section of the Department of Medical Physics and Engineering at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. RTS staff collaborate with clinical and scientific users of radiotherapy equipment to provide equipment management and related technical services.

The four teams in RTS Clinical Computing, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering and Technical Services, collaborate to carry out activity in multidisciplinary workgroups.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest and busiest acute hospital trusts in the UK. We are committed to delivering the highest quality and safest treatment and care to every patient, every time. Our staff helped to define the values and behaviours that we should work to so that we can achieve this vision. This has become known as The Leeds Way, and forms the foundation of our culture, our ethos and how we work every day.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The jobholder plays a vital role in managing and providing technical support for radiotherapy equipment using specialist knowledge of mechanical engineering and device design and development, often leading teams and making high-impact decisions independently. They oversee complex and high-value medical equipment, with a focus on quality assurance and clinical risk management.

The successful applicant will have substantial experience working in a medical engineering environment backed up with formal clinical technology training. The successful applicant will also be registered (or be in a position to achieve registration within one year) as a clinical technologist, a healthcare scientist, or healthcare science practitioner. Unregistered applicants may be appointed under trainee pay arrangements until registration has been achieved.

PRINCIPLE DUTIES & AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

Professional & Managerial:

- Assist in the management and coordination of technical activity carried out on a broad range of complex radiotherapy equipment throughout the equipments lifecycle.

- Empower, motivate & develop others.

- Lead teams of staff formed on an ad-hoc basis for major medical equipment work or internal project work.

- Produce and update procedures that are relevant to their own area of expertise to maintain the RTS ISO 9001:2015 quality management system.

- Teach and train members of staff in own area of expertise.

- Carry out and organise internal resource management including work equipment maintenance and store area management.

- Ensure that Trust policies and safe working practices are followed by themselves and any personnel who may come under their control.

Personal:

- Team working, flexibility, initiative, influencing and persuading skills, service focus, ability to learn.

- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with Trust staff including those involved with radiotherapy treatment and other relevant professional groups.

Technical:

- Advanced knowledge of radiotherapy technology including linear accelerators, scanners, and radiotherapy simulators.

- Detailed understanding of medical equipment management principles.

- Risk assessment and risk management skills.

- Highly developed, advanced understanding of fault finding, preventative maintenance & calibration principles for complex equipment.

- Advanced interpretation and creation of technical documentation.

Medical Equipment Management:

- Advanced understanding of RTS procedures, ISO standards, and Medical Device Regulations.

- Participate in on-call system for equipment management services outside of normal working hours.

Clinical & Scientific Support:

- Provide technical services to formal clinical research & development activity and provide expert technical advice based on best industry practice.

Management of Information:

- Respect patient confidentiality at all times.

- Keep accurate and timely records of work completed.

- Communicate complex technical information to a range of staff groups within the radiotherapy department and external equipment manufacturers, contractors, and other personnel.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Relevant degree in Engineering, Healthcare Science, Clinical Technology /Engineering, or equivalent level of knowledge.
  • Professionally registered Clinical Technologist, Clinical Scientist or HCS Practitioner


Desirable

  • Formal leadership or management training
  • Specialist medical technical training courses
  • Accredited UKAS ISO 9001 and UKAS ISO 13485 training courses


Skills & Behaviours

Essential

  • Evidence of fault analysis, diagnosis & repair skills for complex equipment including linear accelerators, therapy units, radiotherapy simulators, and CT scanners
  • Highly developed engineering skills with advanced workmanship standards and skills in design & development, including CAD skills.
  • Skills to interpret and create technical documentation.
  • Ability to communicate complex information (e.g., when interpreting design needs of other professional groups, dealing with equipment failure).
  • Team working skills


Desirable

  • Ability to give formal presentations and teaching sessions to small groups of staff.
  • Ability to concentrate frequently when subject to unpredictable working patterns


Experience

Essential

  • Experience and detailed understanding of medical equipment management principles and medical device manufacture & modification procedures
  • Advanced understanding and experience of fault finding, preventative maintenance & calibration principles and understanding of safe working practices on complex equipment
  • A high level of understanding of quality assurance and quality management principles
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of risks arising from equipment failure, misinterpretation of technical information and the implications for the manufacture of medical devices.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the radiotherapy treatment planning and treatment delivery processes


Desirable

  • Experience in leading multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience in prioritising and managing the work of the team and own work.
  • Advanced knowledge of engineering work practices & maintenance principles including specialist, up to date knowledge of manufacturing materials and components.


Other Criteria

Essential

  • Other criteria (optional) eg practical skills or Additional Requirements Ability to move medium/heavy objects and skills in the use of lifting equipment to shift and accurately locate very heavy objects


Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Address

St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street

Leeds

LS9 7TF

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C9298-ONC-0370

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