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Registered Healthcare Science Practitioner

Employer
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Manchester
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Profession
Healthcare scientist
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We are seeking an experienced, methodical Healthcare Science Practitioner with problem solving skills to join our x-ray equipment evaluation team. The successful applicant will join a growing team of 30 scientists, technologists and administrators - providing equipment quality assurance and scientific support to NHS and independent sector radiology departments in the North West of England (a few customers are further afield). Applicants should be patient focused and flexible to change where quality can be improved.

Candidates should have scientific and interpersonal skills. Proactive team working is essential as well as the ability to work independently.

A radiographer or engineer with relevant experience in the field of Diagnostic Radiology / Radiation Protection may be suitable for this post.

We welcome external applicants and would encourage you to get in touch if you would like to informally discuss your suitability for the post.

See the essential and desirable criteria for more. Additional information about the group can be found via The Christie website at https://www.christie.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/services/christie-medical-physics-and-engineering/diagnostic-radiology-and-radiation-protection

Main duties of the job

Duties will involve performance testing on a wide variety of diagnostic X-ray equipment, e.g. mammography, dental, angiography and CT, and radiation protection surveys of diagnostic radiology installations. At this level, independent commissioning of equipment is expected as well as routine level B (physics) QA testing. A working understanding of x-ray equipment, radiation instrumentation (such as dosemeters) and the relevant UK ionising radiation regulations and guidance/standards will be expected.

Teaching and supervision of less experienced staff is a continuous activity at this level and participationin driving your profession forward will be expected.

Communication skills are essential to work with healthcare providers in clinical settings (such as radiographers) and within CMPE to support other technologists and scientists.

Applicants should be registered with the RCT as a Clinical Technologist, the HCPC as a Healthcare Science Practitioner (or eligible for these registrations), or with HCPC as a Radiographer and have experience in the use of a wide range of X-ray imaging equipment. Candidates without registration or sufficient training may be appointed at Band 5 until competent however they must have relevant experience already.

A current UK driving license is essential as frequent travel (approx. 3 days a week) is necessary in this role.

About us

We are the Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection Section of the Imaging Physics and Radiation Protection Group within CMPE, based at The Christie in Manchester.

We have a large, fast paced service with opportunities for service development in response to government strategies around imaging capacity, workforce growth, role advancement, uptake of digital tools and efficient/flexible teams. Due to the size of the regional service we have access to an extensive portfolio of equipment with a focus on diagnostic/interventional radiology. Continued professional development is essential and supported.

Manchester is a hub for sport, music and culture as well as a friendly, vibrant city. The Christie is located 4 miles to the south of the City, in close proximity to Didsbury and Chorlton where there are many independent shops, restaurants and bars. There are a number of National Parks nearby and, for travelling further afield, Manchester International Airport (with flights to over 200 destinations) is minutes away while London is only 2 hours by train.

Job description

Job responsibilities

SPECIFIC DUTIES/JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Equipment performance testing and radiation protection surveys
    • Undertake equipment performance and radiation protection surveys, alone or with a colleague, following clearly defined operating procedures in line with an ISO9001 quality management system. This will involve accurate positioning and methodical use of test objects. This will cover the full range of X-ray imaging equipment. It includes:
    • Critical examination and commissioning of new equipment
    • Routine quality control on existing installations
    • Investigation of faults on existing installations.
    • Calibration of patient dose measuring equipment
    • Checking the radiation protection of the installation.
    • Analyse the results of equipment performance measurements.
    • Write electronic reports (for the Radiation Protection Adviser, Medical Physics Expert and radiology staff) detailing the findings and recommending any action required.
    • Maintain accurate records using Excel and Access, e.g. results from testing, details of equipment
    • Calibrating x-ray dose measuring equipment
    • Perform testing of UV units, as required by the group.
    • Providing advice on and demonstrate level A QC testing, review results and report findings
  • Radiation Protection
    • Assist in providing radiation protection advice and support. This may include
    • performing standardised patient dose calculation, environmental monitoring, trial personal monitoring, patient dose audit, preparation of risk assessments and local rules with oversight from a Radiation Protection Adviser and/or Medical Physics Expert.
    • producing ad hoc reports on equipment or customer sites, e.g. lists of equipment due, inter-comparison of similar equipment types
    • updating central records of measurements, e.g. typical patient doses, equipment calibration factors
    • calibrating radiation protection meters as required and/or organising dispatch of equipment for external calibration

    3. Management
    • Liaise with radiographic staff to book survey visits in conjunction with the Survey Team Administrator, with the potential for taking the lead for one geographic area.
    • Supervise less experienced healthcare science staff (assistants, associates, practitioners or scientists) when undertaking equipment performance and radiation protection surveys as part of their training.
    • Raise service issues or training opportunities in an appropriate forum to allow the team to adapt and learn e.g. through the quality management system, in a survey meeting, via modality leads or your line manager.
    • Undertake internal audits.
    • Participate in the recruitment process for technical staff as required.
    • Contribute to ensuring the quality of the diagnostic and radiation protection service as required and as directed by the survey team lead or group leader
    • Undertake line management functions for appropriate staff.
    • A take a lead on a number of group functions such as H& S checks, oversight of online QA platforms, maintaining our inventory etc, as required

    4. Professional
    • Demonstrates the agreed set of values and accountable for own attitude and behaviour
    • Maintain registration.
    • Keep abreast of developments in the field and undertake continued professional development (self-directed and as directed by your line manager).
    • Proactively share learning within the team and take part in meetings attended
    • Follow the appropriate key work instructions, risk assessments and systems of work and ensure direct supervision of those you are responsible for until they are competent.
    • Collaborate with other members of the group in the improvement of test protocols.
    • Take a lead on surveys for a particular modality, developing protocols and gaining clinical understanding of the use of that modality, under the guidance of a medical physics expert/modality lead within our group.
    • Collaborate with other members of the group and radiology staff in other hospitals on the optimisation of imaging equipment.
    • Contribute to appropriate teaching activities and outreach events within the group, such as assisting in the preparation and delivery of material, e.g. at the Radiation Protection Supervisors courses. May also be involved in organising courses.
    • Contribute to the research and development of the service, e.g. by carrying out measurements, processing, reporting and presenting data

    This job description indicates the duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to meet the present needs of the service. Since from time to time these needs may change it is necessary to recognise that the post holder must be willing to undertake other and/or different duties that may, after discussion, be assigned by the Director.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications

    Essential

    • oDegree in STEM subject or Diagnostic Radiography degree (or equivalent)
    • oRegistration with Register of Clinical Technologists, or HCPC as a HCS Practitioner or radiographer (or equivalent)


    Desirable

    • oRegistration in Diagnostic Radiology / Rad. Prot. field


    Experience

    Essential

    • oOperation of diagnostic X-ray equipment across a range of modalities (independently)
    • oQA of rad/CR/DR equipment
    • oQA of fluoroscopy equipment
    • oQA of dental equipment
    • oAssisting with non-routine QA of diagnostic X-ray equipment
    • oWriting equipment performance reports for QA visits
    • oPerforming investigations into DX X-ray equipment performance issues
    • oSupervision/training of staff


    Desirable

    • oQA of mammography equipment
    • oQA of CT equipment
    • oLeading non-routine QA of diagnostic X-ray equipment
    • oRP tasks (see notes in JD)
    • oCalibration of dosemeters
    • oProviding training or advice for Level A (radiographer) QA
    • oInvolvement in development/improvement of QA test protocols


    Skills

    Essential

    • oHigh level of literacy and numeracy
    • oAbility to operate complex imaging equipment
    • oAbility to operate radiation instruments/dosemeters
    • oProficient in using Microsoft Office, scientific software and word processing to analyse data and produce reports
    • oAbility to problem solve/fault find/investigate issues
    • oAbility to work independently and as part of a team
    • oAbility to analyse complex scientific data and clearly communicate findings/recommendations
    • oAbility to apply health & safety and risk management principles to practical scenarios
    • oAbility to handle challenging situations with professionalism


    Desirable

    • oAdvanced Excel skills
    • oExperience of teaching/training/presenting


    Knowledge

    Essential

    • oWorking knowledge of appropriate UK radiation legislation and practical radiation safety principles
    • oKnowledge of radiation physics and a wide range of diagnostic X-ray equipment (including CT, angiography and mammography)
    • oWorking knowledge of radiation instrumentation and test objects
    • oWorking knowledge of recommended standards of X-ray equipment
    • oKnowledge of X-ray equipment life cycle and stages of QA


    Desirable

    • oBasic knowledge of quality systems
    • oBasic knowledge/awareness of emerging techniques/modalities in diagnostic radiology


    Values

    Essential

    • oAbility to demonstrate the organisation's values and behaviours including respect towards others at all times
    • oPatient focused
    • oCommitment to reflective practice and CPD
    • oAdherence to RCT code of conduct


    Other

    Essential

    • oValid driving licence for a manual car
    • oWilling to work flexibly in line with service needs (see notes on job description)
    • oPhysically able to lift heavy measuring equipment (up to 15 kg)
    • oEnthusiasm, integrity and commitment to this role


    Employer details

    Employer name

    The Christie NHS FT

    Address

    CMPE Diagnostic Radiology Physics Serv - D00003

    Wilmslow Road

    Manchester

    M20 4BX

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    413-82525-CMPE-SD

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