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Specialist Radiographer in Radiotherapy Physics (Dosimetrist)

Employer
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Profession
Radiographer
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic experienced Planning Radiographer/dosimetrist to join the UCLH dosimetry team as part of the radiotherapy and proton therapy physics team.

Applicants should be State Registered or equivalent. Experience of treatment planning using Varian Eclipse planning system is desirable. The successful applicant will join a growing team of dosimetrists liaising closely with physics, clinical and radiographic staff in the in the provision of radiotherapy and proton therapy physics services. The ability to work and communicate effectively with the minimum of supervision is essential.

Candidates must have a clinical background with good knowledge of relevant anatomy, physiology and pathology. As the dosimetry team is hybrid working, a good understanding of using Microsoft teams is also a essential requirement for this position.

Main duties of the job

The dosimetry team will be expected to produce photon and proton treatment plans for the UCLH case mix, including treatment complex sarcoma, head and neck, neurological and paediatric cancers.

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in multidisciplinary discussions to produce the best treatment options for the patient.

The postholder will support the Senior dosimetrist in ensuring treatment planning pathways are delivered in a timely fashion across the radiotherapy and proton therapy services.

The postholder will support the development of new and existing techniques including production of the standard operating procedures and training competencies for staff.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Radiotherapy Physics Services consists of a team of over 60 staff consisting of clinical scientists, engineers and currently 14 dosimetrists.

The Radiotherapy Physics Section is part of a multi-disciplinary team in the Department of Clinical Oncology, which sees about 2000 new patients per year. The Radiotherapy Department is equipped with four Varian TrueBEAM linear accelerators. The department equipment also includes one orthovoltage unit and an Elekta High Dose Rate Brachytherapy unit. Planning equipment includes a CT simulator with full 4D imaging capabilities for Respiratory Gated studies. The Department offers a variety of specialised treatment services and is continually developing advanced treatment techniques. Treatments offered include: IMRT Volumetric Arc Therapy IGRT CT-based TBI Ultrasoundguided and CT-planned HDR prostate brachytherapy.

UCLH has also been designated as one of two national Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) centres for the UK. The Trust will be one of two sites delivering PBT across the NHS from 2021. The proton department is equipped with four Varian ProBEAM gantries with dedicated CT and MR planning. ARIA and Eclipse is in use across both radiotherapy and proton therapy. The proton service is sited within the Trusts campus in the heart of the capital where it enjoys a close collaboration with UCL on groundbreaking research projects. The site has direct access to the Trusts existing radiotherapy department and will be a closely located to the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre.

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc Therapeutic Radiography or Diploma of the College of Radiographers D.C.R.T.
  • State registration or eligible


Desirable

  • Evidence of further study/ ongoing education


Experience

Essential

  • Knowledge of varied radio therapeutic techniques.
  • Experience with Microsoft applications such as Word and Excel
  • Treatment Planning experience
  • Experience of 3-D Treatment Planning systems.


Desirable

  • Experience of Adaptive planning techniques and processes


Personal and People Development

Essential

  • Evidence of Continuing personal development (CPD)
  • Willingness to attend courses and keep abreast of developments in the service


Desirable

  • Experience of training junior Staff including doctors and radiographers


Specific Requirements

Essential

  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of Capacity and Demand conflicts and how to resolve them


Desirable

  • Understanding of Quality systems within Radiotherapy


Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

University College London Hospitals

250 Euston Road

London

NW1 2PG

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309-UCLH-4268

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