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MRI Radiographer, Countywide

Employer
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Location
Worcester
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Profession
Radiographer
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic, positive and motivated Radiographer with recent, comprehensive experience in MR Imaging (minimum of 2 years). You will be working within a team delivering a countywide MRI service within Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust.

The county is a beautiful base with great links out to the rest of the Midlands, Wales and the South West , its not as far as you may think! The MR service consists of 3 sites the Worcester Royal Hospital, the Alexandra Hospital and the Kidderminster Treatment Centre. All are supported by excellent travel links .

Rotation between these sites offers an extensive range of MRI examinations including Cardiac, Breast, Gynae, Urology and Paediatric MRI. Our current MR Scanner configuration includes Siemens Avanto, Siemens Altea and Philips Ingenia systems.

You will be part of a dedicated team delivering and developing the MRI service. A flexible and dynamic approach to working will be required.

Our goal is to provide high quality MR Imaging with the focus on patient care and safety whilst professionally developing our radiographers.

We offer both an in-patient and out-patient service across a 7-day week. You will be expected to participate in the MRI out of hours service which includes weekend cover and regular extended days.

We are unable to provide sponsorship at this time.

Main duties of the job

For full Job description see supporting documents.

-To consistently produce high quality, diagnostic imaging.

-To deliver excellent patient care, maintaining high safety standards.

-To plan, prioritise and organise the workload.

-To maintain appropriate stock levels and adhere to infection control measures.

-To be actively involved in departmental audit, quality assurance and quality improvement programmes.

-To demonstrate effective communication with all staff and departments.

-To assist the Site Lead to develop protocols and techniques.

-To adhere to departmental policies and procedures.

-To train others and supervise junior members of staff.

-Contribute to the out of hours, extended day rota.

-To vet referrals according to the Systems of Work in operation.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is over 7,000 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a band 6 Radiographer at Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust (WAHT), there is an expectation that you will use your experience and knowledge to support both the staff and service users where appropriate. This also includes any modality leads, site leads and senior managers.

As such you will be expected to:

-To consistently produce high quality, diagnostic imaging.

-To deliver excellent patient care, maintaining high safety standards.

-To plan, prioritise and organise the workload.

-To maintain appropriate stock levels and adhere to infection control measures.

-To be actively involved in departmental audit, quality assurance and quality improvement programmes.

-To demonstrate effective communication with all staff and departments.

-To assist the Site Lead to develop protocols and techniques.

-To adhere to departmental policies and procedures.

-To train others and supervise junior members of staff.

-Contribute to the out of hours, extended day rota.

-To vet referrals according to the Systems of Work in operation.

Key tasks and responsibilities

Clinical and Service Provision

Provide a specialist clinical service and advice in a variety of clinical settings and disciplines for staff, patients and carers.

Effectively liaise with multidisciplinary colleagues, patients and carers as required.

Triage referrals from a variety of sources/ manage clinical priorities according to agreed protocols, working practices and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Can work autonomously as an expert practitioner within the specialty, delivering individualised direct patient care.

Can work within a team and where required, lead a small specialty team in order to deliver effective direct patient care.

Maintain up to date clinical competence and the highest professional standards.

Practice within a risk-benefit framework, having regard for the MRI Local rules and safety measures.

Where required, ensure that all generated images are appropriately and correctly labelled in line with trust requirements.

Where appropriate, assess patients and make reasoned decisions to initiate, continue, modify, suspend or cease imaging examinations, advising others in complex situations. This may include deciding on the appropriateness and suitability of specific exams considering physical and psychological parameters.

Where there is a requirement, supply, administer medicines within the legal framework and associated Trust Patient Group Directives (PGDs).

Utilise advanced knowledge and skills relating to the speciality to provide specialist advice to other members of the multidisciplinary team on the basis of image quality and clinical evaluation / reporting.

Provide a seamless, high quality service from referral through to justification, authorisation, imaging and where appropriate clinical evaluation (reporting).

Support senior managers in the development and maintenance of referral guidelines and policies for the service as required.

Communicate appropriately with patients and their carers, making reports if appropriate and liaising as required with medical staff and other members of the multidisciplinary team both verbally and/or in writing as required.

Participate in the active engagement of service users through patient and family feedback, user groups and support groups when required.

Use professional judgement to act as an advocate for patients to ensure a patient focused approach to the delivery of care. Support and enable patients and carers to make informed decisions relating to their examination, intervention and management. Escalate any concerns via the radiographic / professional structure as required.

To ensure that agreed Quality Standards for Imaging (QSI) services are met in accordance with national and local performance KPIs as required.

Report and raise concerns related to Safeguarding, accessing advice and support as required being conversant with Trust policies for safeguarding including the assessment of mental Capacity, and consideration of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards(DOLS) and the application of the principles of Prevent (counter terrorism awareness).

Ensure effective and accurate verbal or written handover of patients between healthcare professionals.

Ensure that high standards of all documentation are maintained, with accurate, complete and up-to-date information regarding patient care are kept in accordance with Trust and Directorate standards and processes.

Monitor the quality and standard of care provided by members of the team and staff in clinical areas. Identifying any skills or training gaps and escalating to the appropriate service Leads or relevant line managers.

Where a requirement is identified, undertake training to develop further advanced clinical practice roles required by the service in order ensure we continue to provide a high standard of patient care.

To work within the Health & Care Professions Councils Standards of Proficiency - Radiographers and Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.

Where required participate in rosters that incorporate extended 7 day working and work on different sites in accordance with service needs.

Ensure that all equipment belonging to and found within Radiology is operated safely. Report and stop the use of equipment where there is any risk to patient, staff or itself.

Report any defects, malfunctions or faults at the earliest opportunity to the relevant site service lead Record all actions taken with respect to such equipment.

Ensure the maintenance of safe, clean and tidy working environments, particularly the adherence of infection control procedures and promote and ensure the same among all staff.

Expected to participate in role expansion where required.

Professional Leadership and Management

To safely and efficiently organise and prioritise workload in a departmental section or area, taking into account the patients clinical condition and referral clinical information. Where appropriate, to lead, supervise, advise, support and train Radiographers, assistant practitioners, Radiology Department Assistants, apprentices, students working in the same departmental area/section.

To support senior leads in the management of staff sickness, where appropriate to include receiving of calls, organising required cover, sickness reviews and referrals to occupational health as required.

To organise and prioritise the daily workload and all aspects of imaging examinations as appropriate, taking into account the demands on the service and maintaining efficiency.

To support on the implementation and training of new techniques and equipment whilst ensuring that consistent competencies are achieved and documented in the appropriate way.

Support with and maintain a robust training plan to support countywide working.

Education

Maintain skills in all areas of Trust mandatory training by attending lectures and training sessions on manual handling, adult and paediatric resuscitation, fire and security and data protection.

Act as an expert specialist educational resource for clinical staff, patients, and carers by providing formal and informal education where required.

Promote and develop a positive learning environment throughout the Trust.

Act as mentor / assessor to staff members and students as required, providing educational advice and support.

Audit and Research

Lead on individual audit projects as required by the Radiology service, involving collating, analysing and reporting on results of the audit process.

Participate in research projects as required, disseminating and ensuring utilisation of research results to change practice.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Diploma of the College of Radiographers or degree accepted for registration as a radiographer with the HCPC State registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)


Desirable

  • Post Graduate Certificate in MRI SOR IV Certificate


Experience

Essential

  • Extensive clinical experience in MRI minimum of 2 years. Experience should be recent and comprehensive.
  • Experience in performing Quality Assurance.
  • Experience in organising self and others, taking initiative and working without supervision.


Desirable

  • Experience in operating Siemens and/or Philips MRI systems.
  • Experience and awareness of change within Radiology


Knowledge

Essential

  • To understand and demonstrate a working knowledge of MHRA guidelines in relation to MRI safety.


Desirable

  • Good awareness of current National NHS priorities


Employer details

Employer name

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Address

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust

Charles Hastings Way

Worcester

WR51JR

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C9365-24-0758

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