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Deputy Breast Imaging Lead Radiographer

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Deputy Breast Imaging Lead Radiographer will support the Breast Imaging Lead Radiographer to deliver and develop a quality and effective breast imaging service at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

The post holder will work clinically when staffing levels require, performing mammograms in both the screening and symptomatic setting, at static sites and on the mobile screening vans within the catchment area of the South Lancashire Breast Screening Programme.

The post holder will be managerially responsible for leading teams of Mammography Helpers, Assistant Practitioners, Radiographers and Advanced Practitioners.

Evidence of qualifications will be requested during interview and compliance checks.

Main duties of the job

  • To support the Breast Imaging Lead Radiographer/Breast Operational Manager to deliver and develop a quality and effective breast imaging service.
  • To be responsible for the provision of a highly specialised technical service, which undertakes all aspects of mammography and breast ultrasound examinations in the department and on mobile units at other sites.
  • To provide professional leadership, covering all aspects of management, clinical practice, student training and be involved in the long-term strategic planning of service delivery and developments.
  • To be managerially responsible for leading teams of Mammography Helpers, Assistant Practitioners, Radiographers and Advanced Practitioners.
  • To ensure that the breast imaging service operates within robust clinical governance and quality assurance guidelines.
  • To undertake regular audit of standards of imaging, in line with the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) QA process.
  • To ensure Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) are accurate and up to date.
  • To work clinically when staffing levels require and provide an expert clinical advice on all aspects of breast imaging, to all users and employees of the service, and ensure a timely delivery of service for all aspects of breast imaging.

About us

Choose Well - Choose WWL

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement, and living our values 'the WWL Way'.


Please note that senior positions (AFC band 8A or above) may be expected to participate in an on-call rota, if the role is predominantly operational.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide an efficient and effective breast imaging service for the Breast Unit within Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust, (W.W.L.) to recognised professional standards
  • To demonstrate leadership across the breast imaging departments of W.W.L. by:-
    • Utilising existing staffing across the department and mobile sites to ensure that all previously agreed Service Level Agreements are met.
    • To be responsible for all breast radiographic services at W.W.L.
  • The post holder will ensure that all external and internal policies and procedures pertinent to breast imaging will be actioned.
  • Ensure that an ongoing analysis of the breast imaging waiting lists is maintained and appropriately actioned across all sites to ensure local and national waiting targets are met.
  • Ensure all items of equipment pertinent to breast imaging are maintained and serviced according to manufacturers requirements.
  • To mentor and supervise student radiographers, trainee mammographers and trainee mammography associates.
  • Provide support to the Breast Imaging Lead Radiographer and Breast Operational manager to meet current service requirements and to provide vision and plan for future service developments.
  • To lead the departments audit, appraisal and assessment of image quality as part of the Quality Assurance programmes within the breast department through the NHSBSP QA process.
  • Must be able to develop robust workflows, systems and processes to ensure the delivery of safe responsive care.
  • To maintain the highest personal and professional standards at all times and to lead staff to deliver the same.
  • To provide high standards of patient care adhering to Trust and departmental policies and to maintain professional and personal standards

Person Specification



  • BSc in Radiography or D.C.R.(Diagnostic)
  • Evidence of post graduate study/qualification in mammography


  • Any other further studies relevant to the role



  • Minimum of 5 years radiographic experience in breast imaging
  • Evidence of producing high quality mammographic images
  • Actively involved in quality assurance programmes, audit, and clinical governance


  • Experience in management



  • Evidence of effective leadership
  • Good analytical & judgement skills
  • Evidence of effective communication skills
  • Evidence of multi-disciplinary team working
  • Able to organise & prioritise own workload
  • Current and ongoing evidence of clinical practice in breast imaging
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office and hospital IT systems
  • Presentation skills


  • Able to interpret and manipulate images
  • Evidence of having an understanding of the PACS system
  • Have a clear understanding of how all related equipment functions and able to resolve immediate faults



  • Extensive and up to date knowledge of breast imaging and NHSBSP
  • Evidence of up-to-date CPD portfolio
  • Extensive and up to date knowledge of radiation protection and associated policies and regulations


  • Awareness of developments in breast imaging and NHSBSP



  • Must be able to work effectively, both alone and as part of a team
  • Diplomatic, courteous, patient
  • Reliable
  • Flexible
  • Ability to think and respond quickly to questions and situations
  • Commitment to quality and safety
  • Must hold a current UK driving license and be able to travel between all sites
  • Speak English to an appropriate standard relevant to their role, i.e. with confidence and accuracy, using correct sentence structures and vocabulary, and without hesitation

Employer details

Employer name

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Thomas Linacre Centre

Parsons Walk



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