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Radiographer/MTO Grade (XR05)

Employer
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Location
Leeds
Salary
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
29 Apr 2024

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Profession
Radiographer
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic Radiographer or Technologist, ideally with some experience in Nuclear Medicine, to join the current team. Leeds Nuclear Medicine comprises of 6 gamma cameras across the 2 main hospital sites. St James University Hospital houses 4 GE gamma cameras, 3 of which have SPECT/CT capabilities, Leeds General Infirmary is home to a further 2 GE gamma cameras - 1 dedicated cardiac solid state camera and 1 SPECT/CT machine. Additionally, this role could include some work in DEXA.

As one of the largest Nuclear Medicine departments in the country, the workload is varied and interesting. A wide range of Nuclear Medicine procedures are performed across both sites, including adults, paediatrics, hybrid imaging, stand-alone CT imaging, myocardial perfusion imaging and research studies.

A radiography degree, or relevant degree level qualification for technologist applicants, is essential for this post. The successful candidate would be required to rotate between the two sites in Leeds, St James Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary. Experience in Nuclear Medicine would be desirable, however full training will be given. Experience working with patients, in a hospital/care setting and knowledge of radiation regulations such as IRR and IRMER is also preferential . The candidate will be expected to undertake training in IV cannulation and injecting radiopharmaceuticals, if not already competent to do so.

Main duties of the job

Leeds is a large, busy centre for Nuclear Medicine supporting patients across the region. You will be expected to participate in all aspects of the Nuclear Medicine imaging service, including quality assurance, clinical scanning, and injecting radiopharmaceuticals. The main duties would involve ensuring patients have followed correct preparation for different scans, explanation of procedure, injecting a range of radiopharmaceuticals and associated medicines for specific tests, completing diagnostic imaging (static/dynamic/hybrid) and processing images in readiness for reporting. The candidate would ideally have some paediatric experience but be willing to train in this area if not. Experience in myocardial perfusion scanning and associated pharmacological stress testing would be desirable but training will be available, if required. We encourage all staff to further their own development and be involved with additional roles to continually evolve our service, examples of this include radiation protection supervisor, patient engagement lead, infection prevention lead, departmental audits, and suchlike. The Trust actively supports continuing professional development, and a staff appraisal system is in operation throughout the trust.

About us

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest and most respected Teaching Hospitals in the UK. The Trust has a reputation as a centre of clinical excellence and strives to be at the forefront of research and innovation. Leeds Radiology work collaboratively across all modalities and strives to provide the best service to patients. Staff health and wellbeing is also of great importance, with many good support options available to staff. The Leeds Way values (Fair, Accountable, Collaborative, Empowered and Patient Centred) are embedded into the culture and ethos of the Trust, and highlight it's commitment to delivering the highest quality of patient care whilst also encouraging good, inclusive working environment where all staff feel listened to.

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

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 Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust provides tertiary and secondary care and covers a wide geographical area. Radiology Services are provided on several sites across Leeds. The post holder may be required to practice their skills at various sites across the trust, in order to provide and maintain a high quality patient focussed service.

The job holder will be a Technologist working as an autonomous practitioner undertaking a wide range of nuclear medicine examinations..

The job holder will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing a high quality radiology service for patients, adhering to policies and procedures as specified by the Trust and Radiology Management Team.

The job holder is responsible for performing with the highest standard of patient care and technical practice in their clinical area whilst imaging patients and will adhere to the codes of conduct of behaviours of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals and department of Radiology.. They will ensure the interests of the patient are maintained at all times, including acting as a patients advocate as necessary.

Comply with LTHT Radiation Safety policies including Local Rules and Employers Procedures in line with National Regulations eg IRR17 and IRMER2017

Work to local protocols.

Act in the role of Operator* while carrying out all aspects of clinical imaging employing the appropriate work areas Protocols *as defined in IR(ME)R 2017

Following entitlement will act in the role of Practitioner* in accordance with LTHT IR(ME)R Employers procedures and following departmental protocols to justify and authorise medical exposures

Act as a patient advocate in radiation protection issues.

Ensure patients have given informed consent prior to nuclear medicine and where necessary advise them of the potential risks.

Apply a high level of manual dexterity in acquiring accurate, high quality diagnostic images, adapting standard technique when necessary.

Operate advanced software on specialist radiological equipment, requiring excellent hand-eye co-ordination and manual dexterity.

Review images and where necessary, to seek advice when additional images may be required, prior to patient departure from the department.

Ensure that images are presented for reporting purposes in a timely and accurate manner.

Recognise and identify radiographic abnormalities, following training and authorisation and using the appropriate scheme of work (Red Dot / Comments)

Prepare and clear away preparation trolleys for radiopharmaceutical injections.

Ensure appropriate infection control measures are utilised, paying particular attention to personal protection as well as the management of equipment and linen contaminated by bodily fluids which may also be radioactive.

Responsible for the care, comfort and clinical well-being of the patient during the radiological examination. This includes the monitoring or administration of pre-prescribed oxygen under direct supervision

Liaison with safeguarding and external agencies when suspicion of patient in danger, for example, child protection team

Taking an active role in audit, development and research (on an occasional basis)

Understand the emergency procedures in the departments worked in and responsibilities in a MAJAX

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Degree in Radiography or relevant if Technologist


Experience

Essential

  • Experience in a hospital or care setting, ideally Radiology


Desirable

  • Experience in Nuclear Medicine or another area of Radiology Knowledge of radiation and regulations associated with it in Nuclear Medicine Injecting/cannulation of patients


Skills & behaviours

Essential

  • Professional and courteous Good team working skills Shows high level of initiative


Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Address

St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street

Leeds

LS9 7TF

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C9298-RAD-0189

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