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Lead Radiotherapy Engineer

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Radiotherapy Engineering Group (REG) at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) is looking for a motivated radiotherapy engineer to join our team as lead engineer. Radiotherapy engineers are part of a team responsible for the electromechanical maintenance of equipment used in the delivery of radiotherapy treatment.

NCCC is based at both the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle and Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle and provides a highly specialised clinical service for the treatment of cancer patients. The successful candidate will be based primarily at the Freeman Hospital but would be required to work on both sites as the work demands.

The department is equipped with Varian & Tomotherapy Linear Accelerators and specific training for this equipment will be given if required.
  • Interview Date 12th June 2024
  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

Applications are invited from experienced candidates with a master's level qualification or who have equivalent experience in an appropriate discipline, and have demonstrable relevant experience, having completed a recognised engineering or technical apprenticeship or training course

Radiotherapy Engineers work independently or as part of multidisciplinary teams, providing specialist engineering services and technical knowledge enabling patient care.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, we have around 16,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 2 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership in an area of expertise working closely and developing good working relationships
  • Maintain and develop high standards of service provision throughout their area of responsibility.
  • Assist Service Head in developing working practices to ensure that safety critical work is completed in a safe and accurate manner.
  • Develop and deliver research and development activities for healthcare advancement.
  • Deputise for Service Head on Engineering matters during absence.
  • Contribute to service and staff development.

The responsibilities of REG Engineers include ensuring treatment machines function correctly and therefore enable patient treatment, applying fault diagnosis skills, engineering knowledge and IT knowledge to minimise clinical downtime, carrying out planned preventative and unplanned corrective maintenance, and providing the technical, engineering-related input to multidisciplinary radiotherapy service team. REG also works closely with the clinical and scientific Radiotherapy teams to balance the needs of the service.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Education


  • Engineering Degree or equivalent engineering experience within radiotherapy engineering.
  • Post graduate degree at master's level or equivalent level of specialist knowledge.
  • On the RCT or AHCS PTP register


  • Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator certificated training
  • Accuray Tomotherapy/Radixact radiation delivery certificated training

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent communications skills
  • Excellent IT skills and good electronic systems understanding
  • Good report writing and presentation skills


  • Teaching training and mentoring skills
  • Specialist skills in medical or scientific equipment relevant to radiotherapy
  • The ability to communicate complex technical information to non-technical staff.

Knowledge & Experience


  • In depth knowledge of Varian treatment delivery units and associated imaging equipment.
  • Specialist in-depth knowledge and understanding of the application of physical and engineering sciences in medicine
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation, national standards, professional and other guidelines, local rules and safety practices, e.g., ISO 9001, BSI standards, COSHH
  • Significant previous radiotherapy engineering experience
  • Experience of planning a complex range of activities
  • Line management experience in a technical environment


  • In depth knowledge of Accuray Tomotherapy/Radixact treatment delivery units and associated imaging equipment
  • Knowledge of radiation protection
  • Knowledge of cooling systems, preferably related to medical equipment
  • Project management experience
  • Experience of NHS capital equipment procurement and installation

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Freeman Hospital

317 01 Freeman Hospital


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