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Specialist Radiographer Magnetic Resonance Imaging

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a training role for Radiographers keen to move into MRI including those graduating in 2024. Starting at band 5, you will automatically be moved to band 6 upon completion of training, after satisfactory completion of competencies (approx. six to eight months). Once training is complete you will become a band 6 specialist MRI Radiographer, delivering a quality led, caring and timely MRI service. The MRI department aims to provide a supportive environment with a focus on patient care, safe and quality practice, and staff well-being.

Our MRI department has two 3T Siemens Vida MRI scanners, a 1.5T Siemens Sola, two 1.5T Philips Ingenia scanners which you would be rotated through. We perform a wide range of MRI examinations including abdominal, pelvic, cardiac, breast, musculoskeletal, neuroimaging ,fMRI, paediatric and GA patients.

Our scanners operate extended days and weekends, and there is also an out-of-hours (nights and bank holidays) commitment to on-call from home.

There is a CPD calendar with active participation from staff, and we support and encourage radiographers in their career development, including post-graduate study. Several MRI Radiographers comment on orbit radiographs, there are reporting Radiographers, and an advanced Cardiac MRI practitioner.

We also work in partnership with the Brain Research Imaging Centre (BRIC) which contains a 3T Siemens Prisma scanner which we operate both for clinical work and, alongside academics involved in research.

Main duties of the job

Job Purpose
  • To provide a high-quality MRI service in any area of Derriford Hospital or outlying departments as required.
  • All staff will be expected to undertake examinations on both public and private sector patients, and participate in 7 day working rotas.
  • To provide excellent leadership to all non-medical staff working in Radiology
  • To support the effective delivery and operations of the department
  • To work autonomously to carry out diagnostic radiography and specialised procedures within the MRI department
  • To adhere to the current MHRA guidelines and work safely within the health and safety regulations.
  • To participate in the on-call service for the MRI department
  • To work within the imaging team to deliver the optimum care to the patient whilst producing optimum quality diagnostic images.
  • To provide guidance and support to junior members of staff & students.

About us

Plymouth is a dynamic waterfront city within minutes of Dartmoor, one of the largest national parks in Britain. This is beautiful walking and cycling country and water sports are well catered for. If the arts hold appeal, the city is home to the Theatre Royal Plymouth which, in addition to local projects, hosts national opera, ballet and dance companies and touring musicals. There is a thriving University which includes both medical and dental schools. Plymouth has one of the largest shopping centres in the South West with a range of big named and independent stores. The Barbican has arts and crafts stores, a renowned Gin Distillery and is a vibrant place for a day or night out. Plymouth also has an interesting maritime history including the Plymouth steps which mark the point at which the Pilgrim fathers set sail. Plymouth is the gateway into Cornwall, has good transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe via road, rail and sea and is only an hour away from the international airport at Exeter.Derriford Hospital is a teaching hospital and provides a wide range of acute and general hospital services including oncology and radiotherapy, paediatric, neurosciences and cardiothoracic. The emergency department is designated as a major trauma centre.Our Trust core values are 'Put patients first', Take ownership', 'Respect others', and 'Be positive'. If you agree that these values should be integral to your work, then Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has much to offer you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Primarily undertake radiographic duties in any of the MRI scanners of Derriford Hospital, ensuring the high standards of radiographic quality and patient care are maintained, and delivered in a timely manner. Additionally may be requested to undertake radiographic duties in any other radiographic or clinical areas of Derriford Hospital commensurate with current clinical skills.
  • Be responsible for ensuring all safety procedures for both the patient, and all personnel are followed and documented according to protocol in the MRI scanning areas.
  • To be responsible for the patient whilst in your care. To provide high quality, patient focussed, care. To assess the patients condition and adapt technique accordingly. To communicate highly complex information. Where appropriate to inform relatives and carers when necessary of the procedure being undertaken.
  • As a senior radiographer you will be expected to be proactive in your work, taking responsibility wherever you are working if the modality leads are not present and supervising junior staff to ensure the department is working safely and efficiently
  • Analyse complex tasks or situations requiring interpretation or comparison of a range of options. Possess specialist skills for assessing acute and other patient conditions, calculation of injection doses and MR sequence parameters. Adapt these to complex cases.
  • To empathise and reassure patients who are worried, anxious or reluctant to undergo the procedure by providing thoughtful and well constructed responses to their questions. Patient groups will regularly include learning disabilities, those with cancer, dementia, paediatrics, patients with severe pain and patients who are sedated or under anaesthesia. Frequent counselling for patients with claustrophobia.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as Priority and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Person Specification



  • Must have demonstrated the competencies expected of a radiographer
  • Must have demonstrated an aptitude in, or sustained interest in, this specialist area.
  • Able to show good proven knowledge of all safety aspects of MRI, commensurate with current level of experience / exposure
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal


  • Demonstrable post qualification experience as a general radiographer.
  • Proven knowledge or use of PACS.
  • IV cannulation qualification



  • Current HCPC registration
  • BSc in Diagnostic Radiography or equivalent
  • Certificate in IV Cannulation or willingness to obtain once appointed


  • Computer literate (ECDL)
  • Post graduate qualification linked to your specialist area

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Derriford Hospital



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