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Deputy Head of Brachytherapy Physics

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pr
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit an experienced radiotherapy physicist to come and join our team here in the Radiotherapy Physics Department based at Poole Hospital.

The successful candidate will support the Head of Brachytherapy Physics in the management, compliance, staff training and development of the brachytherapy physics service.

The postholder will work closely with the physicists, dosimetrists, clinicians and team of dedicated brachytherapy radiographers who run the service.

The brachytherapy service at Poole Hospital offers treatment for gynaecological (vault and cervix) and prostate (HDR and LDR), with the intention to offer skin and oesophageal treatments in the future.

The HDR service uses the Elekta Flexitron afterloader, with gynae treatments planned with Oncentra Masterplan software, HDR prostate planned with Oncentra Prostate and LDR prostate planned using Variseed. Mosaiq is used throughout the department as the record and verify system.

We are currently the only centre in the UK utilising full custom seed train loading for LDR prostate brachytherapy, delivering this service to > 70 patients per year.

The external beam service has three linear accelerators (Varian Truebeams) with a fourth linac (Varian Truebeam) situated at the Robert White Cancer Centre in Dorchester. External beam treatment planning is done using Eclipse.

Main duties of the job

As Deputy Head of Brachytherapy Physics and an appointed Medical Physics Expert (MPE), participate in and help coordinate all physics aspects of the Brachytherapy service:
  • management of all physics aspects of the service
  • attendance during theatre sessions (HDR and LDR prostate)
  • treatment planning system commissioning and QA programs
  • brachytherapy equipment commissioning and QA programs
  • staff training, recording of competencies
  • audit and reporting of quality, safety and performance
  • future developments of the brachytherapy service for existing and new treatment sites
  • provide advice relating to radiation safety and legislative compliance

Base Location: Poole Hospital

Interview Date: 14th June

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have about this at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

It is expected that in addition to brachytherapy, the postholder will also contribute at MPE level to the routine and development work in the treatment planning, QA & dosimetry and computing sections of the department. It is expected that candidates will either have MPE accreditation or can demonstrate their experience and are close to submitting for accreditation within the next 12 months.

The department is also accredited to host HSST trainees, and support will be given to applicants who are considering or are mid-way through this training programme.

For more information, or to arrange an informal visit please contact Sreelish Kariyarambath, Head of Brachytherapy Physics, tel. 0300 019 8333 , email

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration


  • MPE registration (or able to submit within 12 months)



  • Practical experience and competence in a range of brachytherapy procedures
  • Experience of commissioning / project work in radiotherapy
  • Clear written English


  • Evidence of presentations and publications
  • Practical experience and competence in a range of QA& Dosimetry and treatment planning procedures

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


Poole Hospital

Longfleet Road


BH14 2JB

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