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Senior Radiographer - Neuroradiology

Employer
King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum, including HCA
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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Profession
Radiographer
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic, knowledgeable and motivated Band 7 radiographers to join the Neuroradiology team at King's College Hospital.

The Neuroradiology department at King's is one of the busiest in the UK, providing specialised imaging services to the population of South East London and Kent. King's is a major trauma centre with the only 24 hour helicopter service in London, and a hyper-acute stroke centre.

The department has 3 Siemens MRI scanners, including a brand new 3T system. We carry out specialised MRI studies such as advanced tumour imaging, perfusion scanning, spectroscopy and functional imaging, in addition to scans under general anaesthetic for both adult and paediatric patients.

In our bi-plane interventional suite, radiographers are an integral part of the team, participating in neurovascular treatments such as coil embolization of cerebral aneurysms, and mechanical thrombectomy for acute stroke. The thrombectomy service has recently been extended to provide 24/7 access to this vital intervention.

The neuroradiographers also provide imaging support within neuro theatres, where a 3D rotational C-arm is used for complex spinal navigation, and an O-arm is utilised for precise stereotactic brain surgery.

Main duties of the job

As a senior neuroradiographer, you will rotate through all of the above modalities - managing the day-to-day workload teaching and mentoring junior staff members working within the multi-modality team and liaising with internal and external service users to provide an efficient and patient-focused service. MRI expertise is essential, and CT or angiography experience is desirable.

A staff consultation was recently completed and agreement reached to move towards a 7-day working model. Weekend and night shift working will be a requirement.

You will be an experienced radiographer, able to manage and prioritise the daily caseload, and to ensure provision of the highest standards of patient care. You will be able to work autonomously, consulting senior staff as and when necessary, giving advice and guidance to patients and other health care professionals.

You will be expected to take a lead role in the supervision and teaching of Band 6 Radiographers, Helpers, and Student Radiographers as appropriate.

You will be actively involved in daily operation of the Department, working closely within a multidisciplinary team and deputise for the Clinical Specialist Radiographers in their absence.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of �1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Service Delivery
  • Act as an Operator under the IR(ME)R Radiation Regulations and assess the clinical justification of referrals to ensure that the benefit to the patient outweighs the radiation risk associated with the examination.
  • Act as patient and staff advocate minimising their exposure to radiation.
  • Provide timely, efficient and courteous provision of radiographic services to the agreed standards of the department taking account of the patient/clients clinical, physical and cultural needs.
  • Monitor and adjust work priorities in conjunction with other professionals to take into account changing demands on the diagnostic services due to emergencies. Ensure that the Trust A& E Targets are met.
  • Accountable for own professional actions and work within codes of Practice and professional guidelines.
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of anatomy, pathology and equipment (scanners etc.) to determine appropriate imaging techniques for the individual patient condition.
  • Responsible for the safe use and maintenance of complex, high capital cost specialist imaging equipment.
  • Be responsible for ensuring the legal documentation on the Radiology Information System (RIS) and Picture Archiving Communications System (PACS) associated with each completed patient episode.
  • Ensure timely provision of images to referrers.
  • Receive and welcome patients and staff to the relevant Radiology reception areas and deal with any enquiries in a kind and courteous manner.
  • Communicate with the referrer any changes to referrals after assessing the clinical justification for an x-ray examination against IR(ME)R and local protocols.
  • Deal sensitively with patients or carers under emotional stress, including the terminally ill and bereaved.
  • Deal with potentially aggressive patients.
  • Communicate complex information relating to conditions and procedures to staff, patients and carers and ensure informed consent for examinations.
  • Communicates effectively on a daily basis with patients with communication difficulties and cognitive impairment.
  • Anticipate and interpret customers needs, defining the level of customer care required on an individual basis.
  • Communicate effectively with staff within and outside of the department to ensure the smooth operation of the service.
  • Give factual information to patients, including children, regarding examinations and understand the necessary preparations
  • Work with other Radiographers, Consultant Radiologists, Cardiologists and Health Care Professionals to assist them with diagnostic examinations and other procedures.
  • Ensure the safety and well being of patients, staff and visitors within the department.
  • Ensure patients receive timely and accurate information about their examination, and ensure urgent findings are communicated in the appropriate way to referrers Knowledge, Training and Experience.
  • Position patients accurately for each examination, adapting techniques in accordance with the patients needs.
  • Be competent in the utilisation of complex and specialised imaging equipment.
  • Operate advanced software on specialised radiological equipment requiring in-depth anatomical, pathological and technical knowledge.
  • Be able to decide on additional views when required in line with Professional knowledge.
  • Comply with the requirements of the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving approach to issues arising at a local level, evaluating the need to refer problems to the line manager.
  • Be accountable for own professional actions and working within codes of Practice and Professional Guidelines, consulting senior staff as and when necessary.
  • Act as a source of knowledge to be consulted by other professionals.
  • Safely administer contrast media and other drugs in accordance with protocols as required.

Physical Skills and Effort
  • Ensure the safe transferring of patients and equipment, following manual handling guidelines and using risk assessment.
  • Assist with changing and personal care of patients as necessary including those who are immobile or disabled.
  • Operate a wide range of radiological equipment requiring excellent hand-eye coordination, e.g. bolus chasing, post processing of images.
  • Operate Modality and PACS equipment within a VDU environment.
  • Physically position patients accurately for each examination, adapting techniques in accordance with the patients needs.
  • Ensure appropriate infection control measures are utilised where necessary, paying particular attention to personal protection as well as the management of equipment and linens contaminated by bodily fluids.

Management Responsibility
  • Organise and manage an agreed workload with support from other health care professionals and senior staff as appropriate.
  • Ensure that all Trust and local policies, protocols and procedures are adhered to by colleagues as appropriate.
  • Work within and support the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Maintain effective communication and professional relationships with all areas within Neuroradiology and with associated clinical areas within the Trust.
  • Share knowledge and skills developed with other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Supervise the work of staff grade radiographers and helpers within the local area, training staff in the imaging required for each modality as appropriate.
  • Observe personal responsibility for resource management.
  • Responsible for daily resource management of the local area.
  • Observe a general duty of care for the health, safety and wellbeing of self, work colleagues, visitors and patients within the hospital, in addition to any specific risk management associated with this post.
  • Demonstrate a level of competency in line with Kings Radiography Competency Framework.
  • Be responsible for maintaining their own personal development with support.
  • As part of individual professional responsibility actively lead and participate in the departmental Quality Assurance Programme, including the completion of Equipment Competencies and reject analysis.
  • Deal with complaints in accordance with Trust complaints procedure.
  • Report any adverse incidents and be familiar with the AI trigger list.
  • Ensure Clinical Governance protocols are complied with and corrective actions taken where required.
  • Aid the Clinical Specialists & Superintendents with standard setting and policy formation for the service area.
  • Contribute to service improvements and re-design in line with the NHS plan and local service strategies.
  • Assess the needs of patients and plan the delivery of imaging and care around these needs within a specialist area.
  • Help co-ordinate services within each section, and liase with other wards and sections/departments, to provide a comprehensive and efficient Imaging service for Kings College Hospital.
  • On a daily basis, in the absence of more senior staff, deputise for the Clinical Specialist Radiographer.
  • In line with the Trust Appraisal process undertake the appraisals of Band 6radiographers and radiology department helpers.
  • Assist with recruitment and selection of Radiographic staff, and Radiographic Department Assistants as required.
  • Contribute to data collection for statistics on capacity, demand & backlog and other management activity. In addition be responsible for the data production in the absence of the Clinical Specialist Radiographer.
  • Aid the Clinical Specialist Radiographer in maintaining the level of stock and consumables within each area and to liase with equipment companies in case of equipment failure.
  • Ensure compliance with Trust Health and Safety policies and procedures within the area, including ionising radiation and infection control to provide a safe and secure environment.
  • Support new staff in induction. Professional & Practice Development, Training & Education
  • Act both as role model and clinical expert to facilitate development of others through example and education.
  • Demonstrate, maintain and update skills and knowledge of evolving practice and legislative requirements.
  • Provide professional support to other radiographers
  • Actively lead in the training and development of Band 6 Radiographers, Helpers, and Student Radiographers, assuming professional responsibility for their work.
  • Train Band 6 Radiographers in the utilisation of highly complex, high capital cost specialist imaging equipment
  • Train Band 6 Radiographers in how to position patients accurately for each examination, adapting techniques in accordance with the patients needs.
  • Review, develop and write protocols with a view to improving service planning with the Clinical Specialists and Superintendent Radiographers. Contribute to service improvements and re-design in line with the NHS plan and local service strategies.
  • Demonstrate, maintain and update skills and knowledge of evolving practice and legislative requirements.
  • Responsible for individual CPD and support others. Also participate in the departments CPD program. In accordance with an assessment of own professional needs, participating in both internal and external events as well as private study.

Research & Audit
  • Initiate and participate in audit including contribution to imaging data collection.
  • Contribute to practice development in reaction to the findings of audit and recent evidence, implement recommendations, and monitor their effectiveness.
  • Participate in clinical research within the department.
  • Work with others in the development of research protocols.
  • Adhere to research standards, protocols and documentation.


Person Specification

Personal Characteristics

Essential

  • Demonstrates a positive approach to patient care
  • Able to organise and prioritise workload
  • Able to think logically, independently and solve problems


Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc Radiography (or equivalent)
  • Current Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration.


Desirable

  • Post graduate qualification in MRI/CT/IR


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential

  • Post graduate training and substantial work exp
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