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Senior Radiographer

Employer
The Christie NHS FT
Location
Oldham
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Profession
Radiographer
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
**Previous applicants need not apply, and Please note this is a radiotherapy post therefore diagnostic radiographers need not apply**
  • Manage and co-ordinate radiographic activities and staff within the designated area of responsibility in order to provide an accurate, efficient and high quality radiation treatment service, ensuring the safe and competent use of radiation and the highest standard of patient care, in compliance with the accredited Radiotherapy Department Quality System and in accordance with the Professional Code of Conduct.
  • To be actively involved with the development of Radiotherapy Services.
  • Maintain close communication and involvement with all Christie radiotherapy sites and host sites
  • The post holder must contribute to the efficient running of the service, and work within The Christie NHS Foundation Trust policies and Health & Safety legislation.


Main duties of the job

Communication Skills

Ensuring accurate recording/input of treatment and planning data.

Analyse systematically and evaluate all data and information relevant to patients' diagnosis, ensuring the patient and their relatives are treated with dignity and respect at all times.

Communicate confidential sensitive information, and provide emotional support, to patients and their carers/relatives

Knowledge, training and experience

Undertake and evaluate radiation dose delivery and complex calculations involving a range of radiation types and energies.

Interpret, monitor and evaluate the treatment prescriptions to ensure that radiotherapy is delivered accurately and reproducibly and in accordance with the quality system.

Be able to accurately position patient and operate highly complex radiotherapy and imaging equipment along the radiotherapy pathway

Personal Skills

Liaises with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that adequate information and support is available to patients

lead, co-ordinate, supervise and manage a team of staff

provide mentorship and guidance for junior staff

Effort

Patient transfer

Manual handling tasks as required

About us

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • To ensure that the highly complex radiotherapy and imaging equipment is safe and accurate to operate, both for staff and patients undertaking the appropriate machine checks and reporting any variances, faults and malfunctions
  • Undertake and evaluate radiation dose delivery and complex calculations involving a range of radiation types and energies
  • Interpret, monitor and evaluate the treatment prescriptions to ensure that radiotherapy is delivered accurately and reproducibly and in accordance with the quality system
  • Evaluate delivery of radiotherapy through application and interpretation of treatment verification procedures
  • Ensure the team follows appropriate systems and working methods to achieve the safe, timely achievement of workload targets
  • Be able to accurately position patient and operate highly complex radiotherapy and imaging equipment along the radiotherapy pathway
  • Ensure the team keeps accurate records and comply with necessary policies and procedures
  • Analyse systematically and evaluate all data and information relevant to patients diagnosis, ensuring the patient and their relatives are treated with dignity and respect at all times
  • Communicate confidential sensitive information, and provide emotional support, to patients and their carers/relatives including children and the terminally ill
  • Provide information to patients and their carers with regard to the radiotherapy pathway and expected side effects
  • To communicate accurate and timely information with all other disciplines involved along the patients pathway
  • With the team on the unit, patients and the wider multidisciplinary team manage areas of conflict and escalate as necessary
  • Anticipate and identify common and complex treatment related side effects, offering advice and where necessary refer to other relevant health care professionals
  • To provide, receive and use sensitive information maintaining patient confidentiality at all times in line with information governance legislation
  • Apply safe and effective moving and handling skills in order to protect patients and staff and abide by Health and safety legislation in the work place
  • Minimise risk of cross infection through contamination by bodily fluids/matter. In accordance of the infection control policy
  • To implement the procedures and work instructions described for the department in accredited quality management system and report any variances
  • Contribute to development of the quality management system by reviewing and writing work instructions and operating procedures
  • Ensure all work and actions comply with local rules and current UK Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 and IR(ME)R 2000
  • Be aware of and participate in the audit and research within the department and the implementation of new processes and techniques
  • Undertake training and competency to dispense medication under Patient Group Direction (PGD)
  • Participate in the extended shift system, bank holidays, weekend working and on-call.
  • Any other duties negotiated with the post holder, to develop their role in the Organisation
  • To achieve all the competencies as outlined by the radiotherapy education team within a time period as outlined by line manager
  • Demonstrates values in accordance with the Professional Code of Conduct and accountable for own attitude and behaviour

Supervisory & Managerial
  • As a band 6 you will be expected to lead, co-ordinate, supervise and manage a team of staff operating radiotherapy equipment and act as lead practitioner, making assessments and key decisions in regard to workload management, patient care and treatment

Teaching and Training
  • As a band 6 you will be expected to provide mentorship and guidance for junior staff and be a good role model
  • Participate in an annual Personal Development Review
  • Attend all essential training and clinical updates as required and ensure your team also attend all relevant training
  • Be capable of assimilating new ideas and techniques and have an ability to assess their value
  • Assist in the supervision and training/teaching of pre-registration students and new members of staff
  • Highlight to line manager all issues of inadequate performance, including capability and poor professional standards, for students and employees. Provide evidence where necessary and requested.


Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Graduate level qualification in radiotherapy
  • Registration with the HCPC as a Therapeutic Radiographer


Desirable

  • Evidence of post-registration study/education in area relevant to role


Experience

Essential

  • Clinical Experience within a treatment setting
  • Experience of quality, governance and service improvement
  • Experience of working within a team environment
  • Evidence of CPD activity


Desirable

  • Awareness of contemporary trends in advanced radiotherapy


Skills

Essential

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Demonstration of leadership skills Excellent IT skills


Knowledge

Essential

  • Knowledge of the principles of radiotherapy applied to all aspects of the radiotherapy pathway
  • Good knowledge of other relevant legislation, guidance and national working parties in radiotherapy


Values

Essential

  • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours in accordance with the Professional Code of Conduct


Employer details

Employer name

The Christie NHS FT

Address

Radiotherapy Oldham - E00082

Oldham

OL1 2JH

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413-82301-CNS-LS-A

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