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Rotational Diagnostic Radiographer

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£31,163 to £37,875 per annum including HCAS
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Royal Marsden Hospital is one of Europe's largest Oncology centre and was the world's first hospital dedicated to cancer research, diagnosis, treatment and education, with sites in Chelsea and Sutton. The Diagnostic Imaging service provides an essential service to the Trust and includes CT with dual energy, MRI ,Mammography interventional procedures, Ultrasound as well as general X-Ray, fluoroscopy and theatres. We have been awarded QSI accreditation from March 2018.

Our partnership with The Institute of Cancer Research and other key organisations means we offer access to the newest clinical trials and clinical trials of novel anti-cancer agents, all imaging modalities are fundamental to this process and forefront techniques and protocols are constantly being evolved within Radiology.

We are currently inviting applications from enthusiastic radiographers for a band 5 diagnostic radiographer post on the Sutton site. The successful candidate will rotate through the general Xray and , CT departments. The successful candidate should be an innovative, highly motivated radiographer with good communication skills ,who is keen to contribute positively to the expanding imaging service . The ideal candidates must demonstrate a commitment to professional development and show a keen interest in the future of their profession and the Diagnostic Imaging services.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to be flexible in their approach as the department will operate between 7.30am to 8pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 8am -6pm.

The post holder will work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team in the provision of an efficient and effective Diagnostic Imaging Service. She/he will liaise with the clinicians in charge of a patient, with ward and other departmental staff within the multi-disciplinary team.

The post holder will be required to rotate between X-ray and other modalities under supervision until core competencies are completed. While working within an oncological environment the post holder will be required to interact directly with terminally ill patients as well as being exposed at times to distressing and emotional situations.

Patient presentation will include the unconscious, uncooperative, incapacitated, incompetent, distressed, disorientated, and those with physical and mental disabilities. The post holder will have responsibility for the timely, efficient, and courteous provision of imaging services within the available resources.

The post holder will be expected to be flexible in their approach to the department and service and will be required to be flexible and work at our other locations as and when required including but not limited to our Chelsea and Sutton sites and new Cavendish Square location in central London, as well as participation in the on-call provision as appropriate.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits and learning and development opportunities. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

  • To assess the clinical justifications of radiography referrals in line with Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R 2018) guidelines while adhering to local radiation protection guidelines
  • Whilst under supervision to act with assigned authority as practitioner and operator for radiology referrals
  • To comply with accurate patient identification procedures
  • To liaise with referral sources where clarification is required of the most clinically appropriate imaging.
  • To act as a patient advocate in radiation protection and safeguarding issues
  • To assess specific communication needs of individual patients and provide appropriate and effective communication whilst remaining empathic with patients and their escorts prior to, during and after an examination. Patient presentation will include the unconscious, uncooperative, incapacitated, incompetent, disorientated and those with physical and mental disabilities

Medicines Management
  • Administer intravenous contrast as prescribed with adherence to the Patient Group Direction and the Radiology Medicines Management Guidelines for Contrast Administration. This includes administration intravenously by hand or via the pressure pump injector.
  • To undertake assessment in cannulation and venepuncture. Once competency is achieved, perform cannulation and or venepuncture according to trust policy.
  • To assess specific communication needs of individual patients and to ascertain from the patient, patients guardian or the referrer, patients suitability and consent for receipt of intravenous contrast media.
  • To accurately record, update or retrieve data on patients allergy status with particular reference to intravenous contrast

  • To maintain high standards of care through good clinical practice.
  • To maintain patient dignity, privacy and confidentiality
  • To treat all patients in a courteous and respectful manner
  • To attend annual mandatory training and updates organised by the trust.
  • To ensure safe use of imaging equipment, reporting faults to senior staff or directly to the manufacturer in line with the departmental protocol.
  • To comply with Trust and departmental policies relevant to clinical practice
  • To be familiar with health and safety guidelines related to imaging
  • To report any untoward incidents to the appropriate party in accordance with departmental protocols.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • BSc Radiography (or equivalent)
  • HCPC or State Registration
  • Ability to use Windows, word processing software and hospital IT systems
  • Flexibility to meet the needs of the service


  • Evidence of experience and practical abilities post-graduation
  • Cannulation certificate
  • Experience in Oncology imaging examinations
  • Range of experience in and out of hours as appropriate Postgraduation

Personal Qualities


  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Effective communication with good interpersonal skills with particular ability to liaise with multidisciplinary team members
  • Evidence of proactive approach to patient care
  • Evidence of working within a team and ability to demonstrate self-motivation.
  • Willingness to undertake further training and role extension training if required
  • Commitment to work flexible hours as and when required over 7 days
  • Able to work in an environment which is demanding physically, intellectually and emotionally


  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) demonstrating initiative and enthusiasm

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Hospital Sutton



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