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CT Radiographer

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 5
Part Time
We are looking for a CT Radiographer to join our growing team. We have recently gained a third CT scanner completed in June 23 and replaced both our in-hospital scanners, all with the GE Revolution Ascend.

We are in need of additional staff to cover maternity leave and support our extended working day and 24/7 service. We are currently planning the approved CDC at Newmarket which will open in November 2024.

We are looking to employ a Band 5 radiographer with the opportunity to progress to Band 6. We will consider both students and qualified radiographers who are keen to acquire experience and have the desire to learn in CT scanning.


Staff Car Parking on the West Suffolk Hospital Site is eligible for individuals working outside of the core hours, 07:00 - 18:30.

For individuals working within the core hours, the Trust offers parking off site at the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, which is serviced by a regular shuttle bus to and from the Hospital. Details of the bus timetable can be found in the on-line starter pack on the West Suffolk Hospital website.

This parking restriction does not apply if an individual is required to work on a weekend or if they are required to complete on call duties within their role.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

Main duties of the job

Many of our staff have worked at the West Suffolk for a number of years creating a real sense of community. We are at an extremely exciting phase in our development with the new hospital designs underway. The department has QSI accreditation which we are extremely proud of, demonstrating our commitment to quality care.

West Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust is a district general hospital in the beautiful market town, Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. The surrounding area has plenty to offer for all ages. With easy access to London, Cambridge and Ipswich.

We have to offer :-

3 GE CT Ascend scanners

Training opportunities

Extended days, condensed week working with 24/7 cover.

Part time/full time options.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job summary

To work as an active member of the Cross Sectional Imaging service CT team, maintaining professional standards.

To have a working knowledge of Ionising Radiation Medical Exposure Regulations (IRMER) and safe working practice associated with CT and Radiology.

Able to assist in day-to-day activities of the CT department, with supervision from Band 6 and 7 CT Radiographers.

To be aware of patient examination targets and prioritise workload. Providing a consistent high quality of patient care and communication skills.

Job responsibilities:


1. Communicate effectively with all patients, relatives, carers, and other health professionals.

2. Advise patients regarding enquiries concerning their referral and the nature of the examination to be undertaken and results process.

3. Advise medical staff/referrers seeking advice with respect to appropriateness of cross-sectional imaging for specific cases, availability of results and other queries.

4. Routinely consent and check patient safety questionnaires.

5. Be able to adapt communication skills to explain and carry out procedures for groups of patients including those that may be confused, intoxicated, aggressive, anxious. Skills needed to provide patients or relatives with empathy and emotional support for the bereaved, terminally ill, injured, traumatised or those altered by substance use/abuse.

6. Be proficient in controlling violence and aggression and in employing talk down skills when required.

7. Remain professional at all times. Listen with other clinical teams to maintain good public relations with the general public and other interest groups.

Planning and organisational Skills

1. Assist in the day-to-day organisation of the CT workload, making changes where necessary.

2. Liaise with referrers, wards and departments in arrangements regarding appointment times and the appropriate method of transport of patients to the department.

3. Prioritise workload allowing for clinical need and urgency.

4. Liaise with the consultant/duty radiologists in the scheduling of in-patient workload.

5. Keep equipment, work areas and accessories clean and tidy.

6. Report any faults or hazards to the Service Manager or Deputy, or in their absence report to Band 6 CT radiographer.

7. Encourage cohesive working arrangements within a small team acting as a role model and providing leadership for more junior staff and staff rotating through the team.

Clinical Duties

1. To scan patients following department protocols, working closely with the CT Lead, Band 6 and 7 Radiographers. Where necessary, liaise with the reporting Radiologist to ensure that the protocol used for an examination is suitably matched to the clinical indications for the procedure.

2. To accurately position patients for the appropriate examinations, considering their abilities, needs and limitations.

3. Take responsibility for the welfare and comfort of the patient whilst under the care of the radiology department, prior, during and post their examination. Ensure that they are kept informed of any factors, such as delays, that are likely to affect them.

4. Ensure all patients are positively identified, consented and safety checked using the appropriate questionnaires prior to commencement of any examination, as required by local rules/operational policies.

5. Be proficient in Intravenous Cannulation. Administration of contrast, being aware of reactions and the action/treatment required.

6. Be proficient in using an automated intravenous pump and associated intricate connections.

7. Adhere to Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposures) Regulation (IRMER), on justification of procedures.

8. Ensure requirements of radiation administration and protection are observed as identified in the department local rules, procedure protocols and guidelines.

9. Operate and manipulate complex equipment, under the guidance of CT colleagues until competencies are signed off

10. Learn to modify protocols/parameters where appropriate, taking into consideration patient condition and/or clinical information required to optimise the diagnostic value for each individual patient presentation.

11. To seek guidance from CT Lead, Band 6 and 7 Radiographer and/or the reporting Radiologist to fully assess the images produced following examination. To ensure that any necessary additional examinations are undertaken within a single patient attendance where possible.

12. To participate in CT out of hours rota including evenings, weekends and bank holidays when training is complete and competencies have been signed off.

13. To be flexible to cover an extended working week and weekend hours for CT on call. Adhoc shift changes are accepted practice according to service demands.

14. To seek advice from CT colleagues when required

15. Travel to satellite sites to deliver CT services as required.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • Have a degree or equivalent in Diagnostic Radiography.
  • Be registered with the HCPC.
  • Comprehensive, up to date CPD portfolio


  • Specialist course in CT

Experience and knowledge


  • To have a basic working knowledge of and demonstrate interest in Cross-sectional Imaging.
  • To have a basic knowledge and understanding of cross-sectional anatomy and pathology.
  • Knowledge of CT safety and CT radiation protection.


  • Experience in audit
  • Previous clinical experience working in CT unit.

Skills and abilities


  • Effective communication and organisational skills.
  • Ability to build and sustain effective working relationships and work well in a small team.
  • Able to use a wide range of IT systems
  • Demonstrate good attention to detail.
  • Good time management skills


  • Presentation skills
  • Teaching skills

Personal qualities


  • Occupational health clearance to carry out all physical tasks.
  • Ability to travel to satellite locations to carry out post.
  • High self-awareness, understanding own emotions, strengths and limitations.
  • Be able to cope under pressure and deliver against objectives.
  • Able to respond positively to developmental feedback.
  • Flexible approach to working hours and duties with ability to cover extended working days, weekends and Bank Holidays

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Hardwick Lane

Bury St Edmunds

IP33 2QZ

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