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Deputy Head of Nuclear Medicine Physics

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
A Relocation Package up to the value of �5000 may be offered to the successful candiate - Subject to Eligibility.

Radiation Physics are recruiting a Deputy Head of Nuclear Medicine Physics.

The successful candidate will be an HCPC registered clinical scientist, a certificated MPE with extensive relevant experience. We are looking for someone who could act as an RPA or RWA however support will be given for promising individuals to obtain one or more of these within an agreed timeframe.

We provide a clinical, scientific and technical service to the Diagnostic and Oncology Directorates of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust at both Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells sites and to other Departments of the Trust as required. The Section provides a Molecular Radiotherapy Service and provision for support to PET-CT.

The department provides training across all disciplines and levels. The department supports staff undertaking HSST, STP and RCT (and equivalences) or working towards professional certifications.

There may be opportunities to be involved in Radiation Safety activities across the wider Radiation Physics group should the post holder be interested in this.

Main duties of the job

HCPC Registration as Clinical Scientist is essential. We would consider someone working towards MPE certification and able to submit a portfolio within the next 12-months. We can support you to achieve, this subject to amended JD and banding.

The post holder will work alongside the Nuclear Medicine Physics team to ensure that all radiation practices within the Nuclear Medicine Departments at MTW comply with regulatory requirements, national guidance and best practice.

They will use their own professional judgement when providing complex, wide-ranging expert advice to clinical staff on the optimisation of patient imaging, quality assurance, radiation dosimetry, radiation safety and the interpretation of scientific results. The highly-specialist, complex and advanced nature of this expert advice may mean that there is no immediate recourse to another clinical scientist.

In particular, the post holder will be expected to lead the molecular radiotherapy programme, including running the established services (which currently routinely includes Ra-223 Xofigo, I-131 ablation and thyrotoxicosis therapies, and occasional Lu-177 Dotatate with a view to establishing a Lu-177 PSMA service in the near future) and working with the Head of Nuclear Medicine Physics and Head of Radiation Physics where required to continually develop the services, including introduction of novel therapies where appropriate.

About us

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.

The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 760,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.

The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.

We employ more than 7,000 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.

Would you like to work flexibly?In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at StandardLevel. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

We support our staff with disabilities to ensure they have the adjustments they need to be the best they can be in the workplace.Collaborating with Access to Work means that our staff are assessed by experts in the workplace and we ensure that their recommendations are implemented as quickly as possible. You can find out more here: Access to Work: get support if you have a disability or health condition: What Access to Work is - GOV.UK (

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Person Specification



  • 1st or 2nd class Honours degree in physics or a relevant subject
  • Relevant accredited MSc or higher degree
  • HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist
  • RPA2000 certification as a Medical Physics Expert in nuclear medicine physics
  • Either RPA or RWA of working towards within agreed time frame
  • Corporate Membership of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)


  • PhD in nuclear medicine physics or a related area

Knowledge and Experience


  • Post Registration clinical experience in Nuclear Medicine Physics
  • Experience of acting as a Medical Physics Expert in nuclear medicine physics.
  • Experience in supervising a team within a scientific/clinical environment
  • Expert theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear medicine equipment
  • Expert theoretical and practical knowledge of molecular radiotherapy in a clinical environment.
  • Expert knowledge of radiation protection, able to act as a Trust expert in area of nuclear medicine and advise on radiation protection.
  • High level of understanding of patient and staff risks arising from ionising radiations
  • Awareness of leadership and management procedures and practices.
  • In-depth understanding of relevant legislation, national standards, professional and other guidelines [e.g. IRR, IR(ME)R, ISO 9001 , RIDDOR, NAIR, COSHH, EPR, MDA/MHRA guidance, HASS]
  • oKnowledge of Data Protection and Freedom of Information legislation


  • Knowledge and experience of quality systems
  • Experience of provision of Radiation Protection Advice for areas outside of Nuclear Medicine.



  • Able to supervise individual or small groups of staff.
  • Good time management skills
  • Able to prioritise and manage own work with competing priorities
  • Able to exercise own initiative when dealing with issues within own specialist area of competence
  • Able to act as a Trust expert in areas of specialist expertise
  • Able to use Excel, Word etc to set up documents and spreadsheets and extract information
  • Able to carry out literature searches using various databases.
  • Able to produce detailed written reports.
  • Able to communicate complex information to a variety of audiences (external regulators, managers and multi-disciplinary teams for example) in a variety of situations (conferences, Trust-wide and local meetings for example).


  • Able to understand and manage a budget and prepare effective business cases

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone Hospital


ME16 9QQ

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