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Clinical Technologist in Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 £43,742 - £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are invited for the position of Lead Clinical Technologist within Clinical & Radiation Physics Group of the Directorate of Healthcare Science & Technology.

Applicants should possess a relevant degree in Clinical Technology or equivalent and appropriate registration (e.g. RCT/AHCS Practitioner register/HCPC Radiographer). Applications are also invited from experienced Clinical Technologists that could achieve registration within 12 months for appointment at a lower band until registration is achieved.

The Clinical and Radiation Physics group provides scientific and technical support services for diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation protection within the NHS, private and academic sectors. You will be responsible for delivering aspects of the quality assurance programme and radiation protection services for radiology and nuclear medicine equipment. You will act as the professional lead for the technical and support staff in the group. You will be self-motivated and have excellent communication and organisational skills.

For further information or to arrange an informal visit please contact Rob Loader, Head of Clinical & Radiation Physics, Tel 01752 439669, or Dan Shaw, Deputy Head of Clinical & Radiation Physics,

Main duties of the job

The Clinical & Radiation Physics Group has an excellent reputation with both internal and external customers. We work closely with our clinical colleagues to deliver high quality, safe and patient centred radiological services imaging services to our patients. We have a history of working collaboratively with colleagues in other departments in the Southwest. The post will be based at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. A full driving licence is essential as the post involves travel to other sites. Due to the nature of the work performed, some work outside normal working hours may be occasionally required.

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust provides acute and specialist services to Plymouth and the wider Southwest Peninsula, has teaching status as part of the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Radiography, and hosts one of the UK's radiology academies. The Trust hosts the Peninsula Trauma Centre, providing specialist services relevant to the care of major trauma, i.e., general surgery, emergency medicine, vascular, orthopaedic, plastic, spinal, maxillofacial, cardiothoracic and neurological surgery and interventional radiology. Our Trust is expanding rapidly. Developments include new Cardiac Catheter Labs, Linac Bunkers, and a planned new 15,000m2 build ('Future Hospitals') co-locating the Emergency Department and urgent care pathways alongside the addition of dedicated interventional radiology theatre capacity.

About us

The hospital is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country close to stunning countryside, Dartmoor, glorious beaches, and endless opportunities for outdoor activities and within commuting distance for both Devon and Cornwall. The Trust supports flexible working opportunities including home working.

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

***Please note that applications from temporary workers who have been engaged with the Trust for a minimum of 3 months are welcome.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Clinical Technical

Diagnostic Radiology / Radiation Protection

1.1 Participate in the programme of routine and non-routine performance testing of radiological equipment. In particular act as lead for dental equipment.

1.2 Perform accurate and complex measurements on a range of x-ray and imaging equipment including computed tomography (CT) scanners, projection x-ray systems (computed radiology & digital radiology), dental x-ray systems and fluoroscopic imaging systems.

1.3 Analyse test results obtained using the appropriate database and spreadsheets, produce reports of the findings, present and discuss these with the Head of section and other physicists.

1.4 Support the RPA/MPE and Clinical Scientists in the provision, advice and support to the Trust and other customers regarding the safe uses of ionising radiation.

1.5 Assist in implementing legislation in radiation protection.

1.7 Act as an Operator and carry out practical tasks of medical exposures, under the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017.

1.8 Provide bespoke reports to the Radiation Safety Committee and senior staff.

1.9 Provide preparation and decontamination support to Radionuclide therapies including I-131, Lu-177 and Ra-226.

1.10 In conjunction with the Trusts Radiation Protection Advisers, help to draft and review Local Rules and Radiation Risk Assessments as required by the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017.

2. Managerial

2.1 Professional lead for technical and support staff including appraisal.

2.2 Responsibility for training and competence of technical & support staff.

2.2 Overall technical responsibility for management of occupational and environmental dosimetry service.

2.3 Overall responsibility to ensure radiation safety and dosimetry equipment is appropriately maintained and calibrated.

2.4 Plan, prioritise and manage own workload and contribute towards the planning of work programmes with others.

2.5 Plan, prioritise and manage QA programmes for nominated areas including external dental customers.

2.6 Develop and maintain systems to support the work of the service including spreadsheets and database.

3. Teaching, Training and Research

3.1 Provide technical support to Medical Physics Experts for assessments of Clinical Trials.

3.2 Participate in the training programmes provided by the service.

3.3 Participate and present in the Team training meetings.

4. Professional

4.1 Maintain records of CPD in accordance with relevant professional standards.

4.2 Keep abreast of the latest scientific and technical developments and their applications in medical and associated fields and attend suitable seminars and courses as part of training and personal development and to further the work of the department.

4.3 Ensure that all activities are carried out within a quality framework and conform to Statutory Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and local safety rules.

5. Communication

5.1 Provide written and oral reports to staff and customers providing advice and interpretation where required.

5.2 Provide support and advice to users of the personal dosimetry service

5.3 Liaise with other healthcare scientists and other professional staff, e.g., radiographers, nurses, medical staff.

6. Quality and Clinical Governance

6.1 Follow procedures for record keeping and maintain accurate records of all work carried out.

6.2 Participate in Service Line and Trust-wide corporate and clinical governance initiatives as appropriate.

6.3 Be familiar with and contribute to relevant quality management systems, procedures and work instructions.

6.4 Propose changes to quality documentation for own work areas.

6.5 Be familiar with the Trusts adverse incident reporting procedure.

6.6 Participate in audit and review of the service.

7. Miscellaneous
  • Work hours necessary for the proper and efficient performance of the work. The department currently provides routine services from 08.30 to 17.30 Monday to Friday. Staff will be occasionally required to work flexibly outside these hours including some weekends. Duties include travel to other departments and work on premises of other NHS and non-NHS premises.
  • When working in other departments, the appointee will liaise with local heads of department, medical consultants, superintendents, nursing sisters etc. and representatives of outside agencies. The post holder will behave courteously and professionally at all times and seek to ensure that the highest level of service is provided.
  • Perform other appropriate duties which may be required from time to time by the Head of Clinical & Radiation Physics.
  • Take all precautions when dealing with ionising radiation hazards, and any biological hazards encountered (particularly with equipment used for interventional procedures).
  • The post holder may be called upon at any time (during and outside normal working hours) for assistance (with others) in emergencies involving radiation and radioactive materials:
  • Provide cover, where available, for an emergency service to act in case of such accidents within the Trust, including the Trust Major Incident Plan for CBRN incidents involving radiation and radioactivity.

Person Specification



  • Relevant science degree or equivalent
  • Appropriate registration - HCPC, RCT or AHCS Practitioner register


  • BSc in Clinical Technology or equivalent level of proven knowledge

Knowledge & Experience


  • Specialist proven knowledge and practical demonstrable experience in the following areas: oRadiation Protection oDiagnostic Radiology Physics
  • Ability to work without direct supervision
  • Proven knowledge and practical demonstrable experience of safe working practices when using x-ray equipment
  • Working proven knowledge and understanding of infection control
  • Working proven knowledge of relevant legislation, national standards, professional and other guidelines (eg, IRR, IR(ME)R, Health & Safety, COSHH)
  • Well developed IT skills, including Office suite and specialist software systems able to manage, manipulate and report information


  • Management training / demonstrable experience
  • Spreadsheet and satabase development including VB coding

Aptitude & Abilities


  • Good communication skills and ability to communicate effectively
  • Able to make judgements on test results and report interpretation to customers
  • Able to plan work for self and others
  • Able to prioritise and manage own and other's workload
  • Ability to work well within a busy environment and meet reasonable deadlines
  • Application of sophisticated test/measurement equipment to afford high precision measurements
  • Able to concentrate frequently when subject to unpredictable working patterns
  • Able to concentrate for long periods
  • Occasional requirement lift and move equipment (moderate physical effort)
  • Ability to deal with occasional distressing circumstances



  • Honesty, integrity and respect for confidentiality
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Able to work effectively within a team and alone

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Clinical & Radiation Physics

Derriford Hospital



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