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Senior Cross Sectional Diagnostic Radiographer

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rota, per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a highly skilled cross-sectional diagnostic radiographer seeking an opportunity to make a difference in cancer care? The Christie Hospital is one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe and a world-renowned centre for research and education. With a commitment to delivering exceptional patient care, the hospital employs cutting-edge technology and a multidisciplinary approach to provide the highest quality of cancer care.

As a diagnostic radiographer, you will play a crucial role in the accurate and timely diagnosis of cancer patients. Collaborating with a team of experienced radiologists, oncologists and healthcare professionals, you will perform a range of radiographic procedures using state of the art equipment and techniques. Such procedures include, but are not limited to complex CT guided biopsies and drainages and brachytherapy and SABRE planning scans in MR. Your expertise will contribute directly to the development of tailored treatment plans for patients, helping to optimise their outcomes and overall experience.

As part of your role as a senior cross-sectional radiographer you will be provided with training to extend your scope of practice by participating in radiographer led screening for Pulmonary Embolisms in CT and brain metastases in MRI, as well as vetting and protocolling CT & MR requests.

Main duties of the job

The Christie radiology department is seeking experienced CT and MRI radiographers. Will consider cross sectional (rotating between CT & MRI), and modality specific CT or MRI.

To undertake CT and MR imaging and to support the Clinical Specialists in the efficient delivery of the clinical service. To participate in CPD and other developmental activities. Clinical supervision of radiography students.

You will be supported to access professional development and educational opportunities through The Christie School of Oncology. The Christie People & Culture Plan actively supports AHPs to engage in advanced clinical practice and research from postgraduate through to doctorate level education. Examples include PG Cert opportunities in CT and MR.

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About us

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Communication requirements
  • To ensure effective communication between the various teams who input into the scanning service such as Diagnostic Radiology Staff, Students, Medical Physics Staff, Clinicians, Referrers, Service Users etc.
  • To ensure patients understand complex information related to their examination and encourage them to cooperate fully with the examination process. This may involve patients with learning difficulties or other disabilities
  • Accurate input of patient data into any Trust computer system.

Teaching / Training requirements
  • Take an active role in the training of qualified radiographers, radiography students and students from other disciplines including visiting engineers and clinical trainee staff
  • Maintain expertise in intravenous cannulation techniques, and central venous access devices
  • To participate in the departmental continuing professional development programme, including participating in appraisal and personal development planning
  • To participate in the Trusts mandatory training
  • To adhere to the College of Radiographers Professional Code of Conduct

Analytical skills
  • Assess patients clinical condition with relation to the level of risk of giving intravenous and oral contrast medium for examination protocols
  • Adapt radiological techniques and protocols in accordance with the condition of the patient

General duties
  • Supervision of junior radiographic staff, students and radiographic aides as required
  • Ensuring stock levels of equipment and consumable items are maintained in the department and advising the relevant staff member if stock needs ordering
  • Provision of specialist care of patients to ensure their comfort and safety in the department
  • Checking patient details prior to examination and ensuring all relevant details are on the request card as per the IR(ME)R regulations.
  • Maintenance of the standards of imaging set by the department
  • Ensuring that any faults in equipment, fixtures, fittings or fabric of any of the departments are recorded and notified to the appropriate persons, and complying with current Health and Safety and Moving and Handling regulations.
  • Ensure that all relevant radiation protection measures for the department are adhered to, e.g. local rules, ionising radiation regulations, IR(ME)R, departmental dose reduction strategies, pregnancy status etc.
  • Maintaining practices in keeping with departmental and Trust Board policies, e.g. fire regulations, patient confidentiality etc.
  • To follow the Trust Values
  • To work with the Radiologists, Clinical Specialist Radiographers and other senior staff in the department to review working practices and identifying new ways of working and finding solutions to problems.
  • Clinical supervision of radiography students and apprentice radiographers

There is a contractual requirement to participate in extended day working.

Person Specification



  • oDCR (R) or BSc Radiography
  • oHCPC registration


  • oInterested in post graduate study
  • oCompetent in administration of IV contrast



  • oA range radiography experience with specific expertise in CT or MR


  • oExperience in a variety of other Trusts / Departments of Radiology
  • oExperience of working in an oncology setting
  • oExperience with training radiography students



  • oCommunication skills
  • oAnalytical skills
  • oPlanning and organizational skills
  • oTeam worker
  • oIT skills
  • oAbility to work under pressure


  • oECDL or other IT related courses
  • oExperience of managing workload
  • oParticipation in audit



  • oPersonal development plan with ongoing CPD portfolio


  • oKnowledge of College of Radiographers policies
  • oOncology knowledge



  • oReliable
  • oAbility to use initiative
  • oAbility to work under pressure
  • oSensitivity and tact
  • oSmart professional appearance
  • oAbility to participate in extended day and weekend working, and on-call
  • oAbility to work flexibly


  • oDesire to work with patients who have cancer

Employer details

Employer name

The Christie NHS FT


Radiology - E00298


M20 4BX

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