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Clinical Scientist - Non Ionising Radiation (XR07)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting vacancy for an enthusiastic Ultrasound Clinical Scientist to join our expanding non-ionising work with the Radiological Physics and Radiation Protection Service (RPRPS). Opportunities will also be given to maintain and develop knowledge and skills in optical radiation and MRI.

Whilst HCPC-registration as a clinical scientist would be seen as highly desirable for this role, applications are also welcomed from those soon to complete the NHS Scientist Training Programme or individuals seeking registration via a suitable equivalence route (subject to an amended job description and salary band).

RPRPS is part of the Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Department at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest hospital trusts in the country. We provide scientific, technical and radiation protection advice and measurement services for ionising and non-ionising radiation across West & North Yorkshire.

The department is an established training centre for clinical scientists being accredited and having trained for all the National School for Health Care Science Scientific Training Programme specialisms in medical physics. Recently we also achieved accreditation to train under the Higher Scientific Specialist Training scheme. We hold BSI ISO9001 accreditation and have recently implemented Q-pulse quality management system software.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will participate in providing support for the delivery of a broad range of specialised, highly complex scientific and technical services for users of diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound (US), ultraviolet phototherapy (UV) and artificial optical radiation sources (AOR) to the Trust and other providers within the region as part of the RPRPS.

Although the primary focus of the role will be the delivery of support for US, AOR and UV, the successful applicant will be expected to work closely with members of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Physics group to assist with the delivery of a broad range of scientific and technical services to MRI users within the Trust and the wider region.

The post holder is also expected to participate in the training of radiologists and other undergraduate and post graduate courses.

The post will be based at the Leeds General Infirmary although travel and work at other sites will be routinely required. The hours will be 37.5 per week however, some flexibility is required as there may be a need to work outside of normal core hours (8.00am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday) to deliver the service on occasion. RPRPS has continued to retain some working from home on a routine basis as well as on-site working.

About us

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK. Plans are progressing to build a new hospital as part of the government's New Hospital Programme which will transform clinical services and includes development of an Innovation District for Leeds. This post is an opportunity to join an expanding team of scientists and technologists who will support this work. RPRPS provides QA, scientific & technical advice for non-ionising radiation, including support for ultrasound, lasers and other artificial optical radiation sources to a number of NHS Trusts and private clients in West & North Yorkshire. The Medical Physics and Engineering department operates under a BSI registered ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, has an extensive research portfolio and opportunities for collaboration with the University of Leeds and other organisations for research and technical development/innovation.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To participate in the Sections work in the field of diagnostic radiology by:

Carrying out physics quality assurance and radiation safety tests on a range of non-ionising radiation equipment including diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound (US), artificial optical radiation sources (AOR), ultraviolet phototherapy cabinets (UV) and MRI scanners and preparing reports on the results.

Initiating, performing, analysing and reporting upon surveys of patient doses from UV phototherapy equipment.

Assisting in the development of the Sections quality system.

Organisation of the QA programme for the non-ionising radiation equipment

Assist in the optimisation of non-ionising radiation equipment and techniques under the supervision of the Trusts Laser Protection Adviser (LPA) and Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert (MRSE)

Undertake and assist in the assessment of facilities in which non-ionising radiation sources are used (i.e. MR/Lasers)

Perform environmental survey measurements and commissioning and acceptance testing on non-ionising equipment under the guidance of the Trusts Laser Protection Adviser and Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert.

Investigating problems related to quality assurance in non-ionising equipment including Radiographers QA tests,

Assist in the investigation and analysis of accidental and unintended incidents involving non-ionising radiation exposure with support from the Trusts LPA and MRSE.

Ability to identify and initiate research and innovation projects in radiological physics and radiation protection under the guidance of the Trusts LPAs and MRSEs.

Participates in the Sections Teaching and Training programme

Specialist knowledge of non-ionising quality assurance techniques and associated standards across a wide range of x-ray equipment including US, AOR, UV and MR systems

Specialist knowledge of the hazards associated with non-ionising radiation in diagnostic radiology and effective means of protection for patients and staff

In-depth knowledge of the adaptation and manipulation of database packages, spread sheets, word processing packages and more specialised IT packages used within the quality assurance field.

Understanding of anatomy and physiology in order to communicate effectively with clinical staff.

Understanding of the need to optimise the use of non-ionising radiation and techniques for doing so in diagnostic radiology

Knowledge of new clinical techniques in diagnostic radiology and the effect on customers needs.

Appreciates biohazards when testing equipment in the clinical setting.

Appreciates of radiation, mechanical and electrical hazards when testing equipment in the clinical setting.


Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values

Additionally, the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:

To operate and adhere to the Departmental policies, protocols and local rules.

To be aware of the requirement for timeliness, safety, reliability and quality in all work carried out and ensure that a high standard is maintained.

To collaborate fully with other members of the Radiological Physics, Medical Physics and Radiology staff

To respect patient confidentiality and manufacturer confidentiality within day to day work.

To maintain a high standard in the quality of the work undertaken.


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT), a collaborative of the NHS hospital trusts from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate working together to provide the best possible care for our patients.

By bringing together the wide range of skills and expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate we are working differently, innovating and driving forward change to deliver the highest quality care. By working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust this is your opportunity to be a part of that change.

WYAAT is the acute sector arm of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, one of the largest integrated care systems in the country. The Partnerships ambition is for everyone to have the best possible health and wellbeing, and the work of WYAAT, and each individual trust, supports that ambition.


The jobholder must comply at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Infection Control policies, in particular by practising Universal Infection Control Precautions. Hand hygiene must be performed before and after contact with patients and their environment.


All staff are responsible for working with their colleagues to maintain and improve the quality of services provided to our patients and other service users. This includes complying at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Policies, including Health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed security and safer working procedures, and reporting incidents using the Trust Incident Reporting system


The jobholder must comply with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment and that services are delivered in ways that meet the individual needs of patients and their families. No person whether they are staff, patient or visitor should receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.


The jobholder must take responsibility in agreement with his/her line manager for his/her own personal development by ensuring that Continuous Professional Development remains a priority. The jobholder will undertake all mandatory training required for the role.


Excellent communication skills. Able to discuss complex equipment faults and technical issues with equipment manufacturers and suppliers and convey technical information to clinical staff.

Develops effective working relationships with clinical staff and is able to negotiate and persuades clinical staff to release equipment for assessment.

Provides training and instruction to clinical users.

Discusses quality assurance needs with clinical staff both within the Trust and within community and private healthcare.

Discusses future equipment needs with clinical staff both within the Trust and external customers.

Presents scientific papers to large groups at local and national meetings



Expected to lift heavy specialist test equipment (up to 10kg carried 2/3 times per week) between sites and assemble this equipment on sophisticated expensive imaging equipment.

Long periods of standing (2/3 hours) when testing imaging equipment

Uses display screen equipment daily and for extended periods, for about 3 hours per day.

Manual dexterity, accurate hand eye co-ordination and use of precision equipment in such a way as to get a reproducible accurate result.


Ability to concentrate for extended periods (2/3 hours) while making QA measurements

Ability to make decisions on the safety of non-ionising equipment quickly and while under pressure to return the equipment to clinical use


Ability to deal with occasional distressing circumstances


Works on non-ionising equipment making decisions regarding its safety and performance, often under pressure to return clinical equipment to use quickly.

Travels to other Trust sites and to other health care providers such as private hospitals, health centres and G.P surgeries.

Works on powered electronic systems.

Potential exposure to ionising radiation, biological hazards (blood), electrical and mechanical hazards.

Person Specification



  • Specialist experience and knowledge of performing quality assurance measurements on a wide range of non-ionising equipment and interpreting the results in line with legislation and national standards
  • Specialist experience and knowledge of non-ionising radiation protection including the risks to patients and staff from the use of MRI, AOR sources and UV
  • Working knowledge of the relevant legislation, national standards and guidance and its application in healthcare
  • Sound knowledge of specialist and standard computer software packages / I.T. skills including image analysis software (e.g. Image J)


  • Experience of working in a Quality management (ISO 9000) system
  • Programming Experience

Skills & behaviours


  • Patient Centred
  • Good interpersonal skills including the ability to work well within a team
  • Ability to manage own work and to work flexibly adjusting plans to meet urgent calls from clinical areas, mindful of availability of alternative equipment for imaging patients/clients.
  • Ability to make decisions on the safety of non-ionising equipment quickly and while under pressure to return the equipment to clinical use
  • Ability to use initiative when dealing with issues in own specialist area acting within professional guidelines and referring to the Departments Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert (MRSE) and Laser Pro
  • Ability to continuously update and learn new skills to keep abreast of new and emergent technology.
  • Excellent communication skills. Able to discuss complex equipment faults and technical issues with equipment manufacturers and suppliers and convey technical information to clinical staff.
  • Ability to concentrate for extended periods (2/3 hours) while making QA measurements Manual dexterity, accurate hand eye co-ordination and use of precision equipment
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