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Principal Clinical Scientist - Radiotherapy Physics

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a fantastic opportunity in Cornwall to act as a Principal Clinical Scientist (radiotherapy) for the service delivery of radiotherapy physics support.

You will be joining a thriving department possessing two Varian TrueBeam linear accelerators with 6 degrees of freedom couches, Xstrahl superficial unit, Philips BigBore CT with 4DCT capability supported by Pinnacle treatment planning computers. The Clinical Oncology unit actively participates in National Clinical Trials delivers approximately 65% of IMRT (VMAT) treatments. Current service developments include SABR, Linac replacement (next 2-3 years) and TPS replacement (next 2 years). The Radiotherapy Physics Team is made up of 18 members of staff, including Radiographers, Clinical Scientists, Dosimetrists, Engineers and Support Staff.

You will have registered with the HCPC and have experience in radiotherapy physics, including planning, Quality Assurance and ideally commissioning of new equipment. We are looking for a dynamic, capable person, with proven abilities in radiotherapy physics to join our team.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will lead specialist scientific and technical developments in the provision of:
  • Quality assurance (QA) and radiation dosimetry (DOS)
  • Quality Management (QM) of the Radiotherapy Physics Section and Radiotherapy Clinical Trials (RCT)

Specifically this will include carrying out complex procedures, providing services and expert advice on all current and future aspects of techniques, on the optimisation and safety of treatment, with responsibility for developing/maintaining appropriate quality assurance programmes and data related to the safety of equipment and treatment.

The post holder will also play a key role in:
  • Quality Assurance both routine and patient specific
  • Radiation Dosimetry
  • Radiotherapy Treatment Planning
  • Radiation Protection
  • The post holder will be a Medical Physics Expert (MPE) in radiotherapy and has responsibility for ensuring the correct operation of specific radiotherapy systems.
  • The post holder will report professionally to the Head of Radiotherapy Physics, and managerially to the Senior Principal Clinical Scientist(s).
  • The post holder will have professional responsibility for other Clinical Scientists & Dosimetrists in relation to work associated with QM/QA/DOS.

About us

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) is the main provider of acute and specialist care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We serve a population of around 500,000 people - a figure that can increase significantly with

visitors during the busiest times of the year. We employ approximately 6,700 staff and have a budget of approximately �580 million.

We are a teaching hospital in partnership with the University of Exeter Medical School, University of Plymouth School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Peninsula Dental School.

The Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site is the base for medical and nursing as well as ongoing education for health professions in clinical and non-clinical roles.

Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we are continually developing our clinical services as well as our facilities and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care that can be offered locally. Allied to this is a growing reputation for research and innovation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

PLEASE NOTE: To view the full Job Description and Person Specification, please click the supporting document on the right-hand side

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Professional registration and qualification checks

Employment history and reference checks

Work health assessments

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Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways. Please talk to us at interview about any flexible working arrangements you would prefer or require. While we may not be able to fully accommodate all requests, such requests will not be referenced during the interview scoring process, and we will fully consider and try to accommodate them for successful applicants.

We reserve the right to close this advert early, or when the allocated number of applications has been reached. Please submit your application at the earliest opportunity.

Person Specification



  • HCPC registration


  • MPE registration



  • Advanced knowledge of Radiotherapy Physics


  • Experience of Varian equipment
  • Experience of Pinnacle TPS
  • Experience of RayStation TPS
  • Training in VMAT techniques and QA

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospital

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