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Principal Clinical Scientist (Diagnostic Radiology & Non-Ionising)

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a adaptable scientist to join our team. We have a large team of Healthcare Scientists across all levels, and have a proven track record of provision of training and investing in staff to fulfil their career ambitions. Radiation Physics provides expert advice on diagnostic radiology, non-ionising physics, nuclear medicine physics, radiation protection and radioactive waste management to the Trust and a number of healthcare organisations in the public and private sector across Kent, London and South East England.

You will provide expert scientific and technical advice in non-ionising radiation and diagnostic radiology physics to the Trust and other healthcare providers. They will also be responsible for the development of our non-ionising radiation quality assurance programs.

It is envisaged that you will spend approximately 60% of your time supporting our non-ionising radiation service and 40% in diagnostic radiology physics.

Appointment at Band 7 for candidate with HCPC registration but no MPE will be considered.

Main duties of the job

You will need to be a clear communicator, organised and flexible because you will be providing expert radiation physics advice and services to a multiplicity of users across a number of organisations - all withcompeting priorities.

You will specialise in non-ionising radiation and diagnostic radiology but you will also be supported to qualify as an RPA if this is something you would like to do.

We encourage applicants with less experience to apply as training may be provided, subject to an amended job description and banding.

You will join a friendly, supportive, multi-disciplinary team of scientific, clinical and technical experts working across the Trust and with other healthcare organisations to provide a comprehensive radiation physics service.

We are accredited as a workplace provider for HSST and would welcome applicants interested in joining this program.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Would you like to work flexibly? In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check atEnhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

Interview Date: To be confirmed.

Person Specification



  • 1st or 2nd class Honours degree in physics or a relevant subject
  • Relevant accredited MSc or higher degree
  • HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist
  • RPA2000 certification as a Medical Physics Expert in DR
  • RPA2000 certification as an LPA (or working towards within next 12-months)


  • Certification as a Radiation Protection Adviser
  • Working towards certification as an Medical Physics Expert

Experience / Knowledge


  • Expert knowledge of ultrasound and laser radiation.
  • In depth knowledge of radiology physics.
  • High level of understanding of patient and staff risks arising from ionising and non-ionising radiation.
  • High level of understanding of patient and staff risks arising from equipment failure.
  • In-depth understanding of relevant legislation, national standards, professional and other guidelines (CAORW, IRR2017, IR(ME)R, ISO 9001, RIDDOR, NAIR, COSHH, EPR, MHRA guidance, ADR Transport Regulations for example).


  • Specialist Knowledge of MRI
  • Specialist knowledge of UV
  • Experience of teaching and training others
  • Working knowledge of QMS
  • Understanding of HR policies and procedures

Skills / Attributes


  • Able to act as a Trust expert in areas of specialist expertise and communicate to all grades of Trust employees and management.
  • Able to write complex information in an accurate and concise way.
  • Able to present scientific papers at national and international conferences.
  • Able to train groups of other professional staff.
  • Able to deliver teaching and training on complex subjects.

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust



Maidstone Hospital


ME16 9QQ

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