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Modality Lead Radiographer (XR08)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is looking for an enthusiastic, patient centred radiographer to lead our MRI team within the Radiology CSU. As Lead Radiographer for the MRI service, you will support clinical quality development, education, governance, and staff management for the service that covers MRI scanners at Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Childrens Hospital and St Jamess University Hospital.

The successful candidate will work across both the LGI and St James's sites, with direct line management responsibility for the departments team managers and senior management responsibility for the radiographers, ARPs and senior assistants within the department. You will also act as MRI responsible person ensuring MRI safety is managed and maintained within the department. The role also supports the operational management team in waiting list management, and supports the professional leadership as and when required. There will also be an expectation that the role will include some clinical sessions.

Anyone applying for this role must be a qualified diagnostic radiographer with HCPC registration. They must also have MRI experience to meet the requirements for MRI responsible Person under the Trusts MRI safety policy.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will support the MRI service to provide good quality diagnostic images for our patients whilst also providing exemplary patient care and safety. The role will also support the department to be the best place to work in the region. The key duties will include but are not limited to:

- Perform diagnostic MRI scans.

- Provide leadership for the MRI team.

- Ensure MRI safety rules are developed and enforced.

- Engage with clinicians to ensure continued development of high-quality diagnostics.

- Person centred managerial support and staff wellbeing support.

- Governance leadership.

- Educational leadership.

- Support and perform investigations (both incident and HR investigations)

- Ensure other Trust policies and other local rules are implemented.

- Act as an ambassador for MRI and Radiology services within the CSU.

The role involves engagement with both internal and external stakeholders in the MRI & wider radiology service, successful candidates should therefore have good communication and computer literacy skills.

About us

MRI in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest MRI departments in the country with 9 MRI scanners operating across Radiology. We have 5 x Siemens Sola 1.5T Scanners, 2 x Siemens Aera 1.5T Scanners, 1 x Siemens Vida 3T scanner and 1 x GE Architect 3T scanner. The scanners are located across 3 sites and 7 separate departments.

We aim to live by the Trust values of empowered, collaborative, patient centred, fair and accountable. we also strongly value diversity and inclusivity amongst our teams.

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


Act as the lead radiographer for operational aspects of managing the modality.

Communicate effectively through daily contact with modality staff.

Responsible for organising the allocation of staff within the modality

Responsible for the management of human and material resources within the modality and play a key role in ensuring the CSU delivers a balanced budget.

Oversee the use of bank and agency staff and monitor expenditure to ensure financial balance is achieved. Assess the impact of extra hours worked by staff on their performance and the needs of the service.

Review establishments to ensure skill mix reflects current workload requirements and represents best use of resources.

Assist their line manager in strategic planning to meet future capacity needs and developments.

Facilitate the development of new practice models and systems of work.

Ensure any pilot work and resulting service developments are clearly and consistently communicated in a timely manner to the relevant staff group.

Ensure that clinical governance processes at modality level encompass measures to ensure the quality of the fundamental and essential aspects of patient care within Radiology.

Ensure clinical and non-clinical incidents are reported in accordance with Trust policy and agree actions in response to these.

Responsible for the monitoring and auditing of standards of patient care including areas such as departmental cleanliness, prevention and control of hospital acquired infection and patient safety issues related to the imaging modality.

Promote involvement of patients and carers at all levels of service development.

Be a focal point for advice to patients and carers and local resolution of complaints.

Departmental lead for health and safety issues and responsible for ensuring all risk assessments are performed and subsequent actions implemented.

Maintain a safe working environment and aware of the requirements to comply with Health and Safety regulations. Work with the Lead Clinician and Service Manager to produce the annual operational plan for the modality

Participate in recruitment process for senior roles within the dept.

To participate in trust / departmental appraisal training in order to equip the post holder as reviewer and reviewee.

Management/authorisation of monthly payroll/staffing returns for senior staff.


There is an expectation that the modality lead radiographer will undertake a minimum of 20% clinical duties in their modality. They will also ensure that they continue to improve the quality of patient care, diagnosis and treatment in line with evidenced base practice.

In addition, they will:

Act as a patient advocate in any radiation protection issues/ Magnet safety issues or laser safety issues as required.

In conjunction with the Lead Clinician assist with clinical developments in practice through policies and guidelines and support others in this process.

Act as expert resource on local/national radiology groups and present at local, national and international meetings

Responsible for the maintenance of a safe, high quality clinical service acting as the patient safety/governance lead for the department.

Act as radiation safety lead where the modality using ionising radiation (lead RPS), or act as MRI responsible person if modality uses strong magnetic fields. These will require linking in with the Trust Radiation Safety Group, the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and the Health & safety Executive as appropriate.


Work with the Lead Clinician to implement new technology, equipment techniques in the modality.

Responsible for the safe and appropriate use of radiology equipment and associated consumables and, where applicable be accountable for the radiation protection/patient safety for their modality

Familiar with the range of technical applications available on the modality equipment.

Ensure equipment is maintained according to manufacturers specifications and necessary repairs are undertaken.

Ensure staff are trained and supervised where appropriate, in the correct use of equipment to a high standard and that all systems are operating efficiently and effectively.

Responsible for the maintenance of safe, high quality technical standards operating procedures (SOPs) across the modality

Responsible for the review and development of those SOPs, working closely with all relevant disciplines.

Clinical testing of new equipment/software ensuring safe implementation into practice working closely with medical, medical physics, senior management staff and representatives.

Ensure regular Quality Assurance (QA), including equipment testing is in place.

Assist the Lead Clinician with equipment procurement decisions, based upon extensive technical knowledge

Education and Training

Ensure that Senior Radiographers/Mammographers/Sonographers acquire and maintain an appropriate repertoire of management and clinical skills to develop their competencies in line with agreed personal development plans.

Ensure staff maintain mandatory training requirements relevant to their speciality in accordance with Trust policy.

Undertake appropriate management, mentoring and support of allocated staff. This will include appraisal and subsequent monitoring/development of these staff.

Ensure opportunities for maximising the quality of service to patients through appropriate staff training, development and education.

Promote evidence-based practice within the modality.

Support staff in undertaking research/project work.

Work with the universities to ensure appropriate learning.


Provide the day to day professional leadership of Radiographers/Mammographers/Sonographers/Clinical technologists and support staff within the modality.

Act as a positive clinical role model through the provision of support and advice to staff. Lead by example through visible leadership to motivate and empower others.

Ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place to set objectives, monitor performance, agree and review development needs, (both personal and professional).

Ensure effective working relationships are maintained between all grades of staff and professional groups within the modality, working within a multidisciplinary team.

Provide leadership to the modality in partnership with lead clinician and service manager to develop new roles/ways of working.

Ensure appropriate management of the workforce. Manage performance, sickness absence and staff capability in accordance with Trust policy.

Responsible for acting as the first formal line in the management of discipline / attendance / standards issues across the department, including management of complex disciplinary cases.

Support Team Managers in the recruitment and selection process. Ensure systems are in place for induction and preceptorship.

Multi-disciplinary Team working and Communication Skills:

Promote and maintain effective communication and relationships with immediate colleagues, the multi-disciplinary team, patients and visitors.

Able to provide and receive highly complex, contentious and highly sensitive information to/from patients and others in an empathetic, reassuring and professional manner.

Recognise the potential for conflict in relationships and seek to minimise this and contribute to effective communication and team working.

Maintain effective verbal and/or written communication and working relationships, with patients, colleagues, other hospital staff, relatives and visitors.

Presentation of formal lectures to large groups both at local and national level.

Act in an influencing role regarding role and service changes/ development.

Ensure that the confidentiality of all information gained in the course of undertaking the role is safeguarded and maintained in accordance with professional, local and national guidelines and regulations e.g. Data protection act (1998).

Recognise and report when a patients well-being may be at risk by reporting to safeguarding.

Information and Record Keeping:

Ensure written and electronic records for the modality are maintained accurately and timely for self and others.

To lead on and participate in ethically approved audit projects, including gathering evidence for best practice assessment, either of their own work, that of the department or others, as required.

Additional duties as requested by the management team, commensurate with the grade

Person Specification

Skills & behaviours


  • Able to develop and maintain effective communication
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Strategic thinker
  • Uses a range of influencing and negotiating strategies to bring about change
  • Demonstrates resilience
  • Time and deadline focussed
  • Ability to balance considerations of service performance and risk management
  • Honest and professional



  • BSc or Diploma in diagnostic radiography
  • HCPC Registration
  • Post graduate qualification


  • Leadership qualification



  • Significant experience in diagnostic MRI
  • Team leadership experience


  • Evidence of leading service development

Other Criteria


  • Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post (with reasonable adjustments if necessary), including clearance on blood borne viruses in compliance with Trust Policy

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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