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Clinical Scientist - Radiation Protection

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, plus 15% High Cost Area Supplement
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting for a Clinical Scientist - Radiation Protection who shares our vision to be trusted to provide consistently outstanding care and exemplary service to our patients.

The Radiation Protection Department at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre provides a physics support and radiation protection service to a number of radiology departments across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, West Essex and North West London. The department is involved in optimisation of cutting-edge CT scanners, cardiac catheterisation labs and imaging in radiotherapy.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Clinical Scientist to join our service but will consider applicants still in training at a lower grade. The department has experience supporting staff on the route 2 training path.

Our Values are Include, Respect and Improve. It is important that you understand and refer to our values during your recruitment process and beyond!

Main duties of the job

You will be required to liaise with radiographers, PACS managers, engineers, radiologists and physicists from different specialties in the delivery of IRR and IRMER requirements.

You will be expected to participate in the delivery of the radiation protection service at a number of different Trusts including:
  • Quality assurance of x-ray systems,
  • Patient dose auditSupport to RPAs and MPEs in legislation compliance.

About us

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general & specialist services we provide & our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible & innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now.

We run the following hospitals:
  • The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City
  • Hertford County, Hertford
  • Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood

We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients. We continue to undergo significant transformation our staff & patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda.

We understand that finding and starting a new job is an important life decision. If you need reasonable adjustments for a disability, or a life event, such as menopause - so that we can consider your application fairly & to get the best out of you during the selection process, please let us know.

We are committed to a positive work life balance for our employees. Employees are entitled to seek to work flexible working patterns & we are committed to listen and consider all requests. Such requests, of course, have to be made & considered formally, & will need to be balanced against service needs, but our starting point will always be to find ways to support making them happen.

Job description

Job responsibilities

ENHT is seeking to maintain and expand the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre staff as we move to an exciting new future.

We welcome applications from those who would relish the opportunity to be part of new and developing cancer service, building on the excellent reputation, research and patient experience the Cancer Centre already delivers.

In addition, you will receive a High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of your basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of �4,314 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum pro rata.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification applicant pack for further detailed information regarding this role.

Person Specification



  • Ability to communicate complex information to a range of individuals in both written and verbal formats
  • Ability to use their judgement to analyse, critically appraise and interpret complex data or situations
  • Ability to liaise with other staff within radiology departments (radiographers, radiologists and engineers)
  • Physical accuracy and dexterity in order to be able to manipulate equipment
  • Ability to organise own work schedule
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, whilst being aware of limits of experience/knowledge
  • IT literacy including Microsoft Excel and Word, and the ability to use a range of specialist IT systems



  • Specialist knowledge of relevant legislation (IRR17, IRMER17)
  • Broad knowledge of diagnostic radiology QA techniques
  • Specialist knowledge of dosimetry techniques in the calculation of patient dose in diagnostic radiology
  • Basic knowledge of clinical uses of radiology imaging equipment
  • Must understand patient and staff risks arising from, x-ray equipment failure and operator errors, and when to escalate incidents.

Other requirements


  • To manoeuvre, within the limits required for manual handling, heavy loads such as diagnostic dosimetry phantoms.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Must be able to concentrate where the work pattern is unpredictable.
  • Be flexible in their approach to coordinating workload
  • Be prepared to work in an environment where there is a radiation hazard
  • Be able to travel easily between Trust Sites
  • Be able to work both independently and within a small team.
  • Be aware of own limitations and when to ask for advice from senior members of the team
  • Role model our Trust values every day

Previous Experience


  • Some experience of the physics of diagnostic x-ray imaging.
  • Practical experience with a range of diagnostic x-ray equipment and the clinical applications.
  • Some experience of radiation protection in diagnostic radiology


  • Practical experience on more complex modalities such as CT or mammography
  • Experience in laser protection work
  • Experience of sealed and unsealed sources



  • Good (1st or 2nd Class) Honours degree in a relevant subject (physics or engineering).
  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant branch of physics or medical physics to the level of at least a Master's degree (MSc)
  • Holding or be working to achieve Corporate Membership of IPEM or equivalent
  • The post holder must either hold or be working to achieve HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist in the near future. If they are not currently based in the UK, they must be eligible for registration with the HCPC


  • Registered Clinical Scientist

Employer details

Employer name

East and North Herts NHS Trust


Mount Vernon Cancer Centre

Rickmansworth Road



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