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Pre-Treatment Radiotherapy Radiographer

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 £35,392 - £42,618 Per Annum
Closing date
14 Jul 2024

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder will work as part of a flexible team based in the Pre-Treatment area covering CT and Patient Support areas of the Radiotherapy Department.The post holder will work in a senior capacity under the direct supervision of the CT team lead and / or CT and Patient Support Specialist Radiographer providing cover for both CT scanning and Radiotherapy Support Services.

The post holder will be required to: -

Be directly responsible for patients and under their duty of care for CT service and Patient Support service.

In the absence of a CT/Patient Support lead manage all aspects of the workload, within individual scope of practice and competency framework.

Provide daily supervision and training to junior staff, students, and visitors including taking part in signing off staff/student competencies.

Adhere to all National and Local policies and procedures and be fully conversant in the IR(ME)R and IRR requirements for their clinical area and able to act as a point of reference for the department.

Will actively participate in service improvement, national and local clinical trials.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

Provide support to CT lead radiographer and patient support specialist radiographer and manage all aspects of the service in the absence of both leads to ensure smooth and effective service.

Will be directly responsible, under their individual duty of care, for CT scanning, simple planning, time management and care of patients undergoing Radiotherapy Pre-Treatment procedures and patients on treatment.

Provide daily supervision, education and training to junior staff, students and visitors.

Work closely with all MDT parties to provide a thorough, efficient service encompassing all aspects of accurate Radiotherapy planning, treatment delivery and patient care.

Adhere to all National and Local policies and procedures and be fully conversant in the IR(ME)R and IRR requirements for their clinical area and able to act as a point of reference for the department.

Will actively participate in service improvement, national and local clinical trials.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Radiotherapy CT:

To provide safe and accurate specialist CT Scanning services allowing consistent and accurate delivery of therapeutic ionising radiation, while maintaining a high duty of care to all patients undergoing Pre -Treatment appointments and procedures.

To undertake and, in the absence of a Band 7, lead on all CT scanning tasks as a senior team member team including Cannulation, contrast delivery, 4DCT, breath-hold techniques, palliative Eclipse planning and any future developments.

Ensure compliance with all safe working practices under IR(ME)R 2017 AND IRR 2017

Ensure referral requests for Radiotherapy are completed and valid.

To demonstrate effective patient management and skills encompassing all patients needs, using specialist knowledge of Pre-Treatment procedures.

To undertake, patient consultations for preparing for CT scans & treatment and start of treatment reviews.

To Maintain knowledge of requirements and limitations of the treatment delivery service to allow optimal patient positioning.

Demonstrate ability to resolve complex treatment and planning issues with problem solving skills and effective autonomous decision-making.

Compute and check specialised calculations and complex planning data relating to patients treatment delivery.

To communicate effectively with Oncology Consultants & Registrars regarding highly complex planning or treatment information to ensure safe and accurate delivery of treatment in accordance with trust and national legislation.

High level of developed skill required enabling manipulation and positioning of the patient to achieve a high degree of precision of patient setup.

Cannulate patients and deliver contrast as required and undertake Intermediate Life Support training to to ensure patient safety in the event of anaphalaxis.

Tattoo patients accurately to ensure reproducibility of patient setup

Accurately and timely record all clinical and patient data required to be recorded in area of work.

For further details please see the attached JD & PS

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Specialist proven knowledge of CT equipment and techniques within Radiotherapy.
  • Broad demonstrable experience and proven understanding of CT procedures within Radiotherapy and virtual simulation.
  • Demonstrable in depth practical understanding of radiation protection measures under IR(ME)R 2017 and IRR 2017.
  • Effective management skills including time management, high level of organisation, ability to meet deadlines, can plan and prioritise own work, self-awareness.
  • Demonstrable experience in actively managing patient side effects and on treatment review


  • Demonstrable experience with Varian Equipment and ARIA.
  • Demonstrable experience of treatment planning including use of Eclipse planning system.



  • Ability to communicate complex information across professional boundaries (i.e., when resolving complex treatment issues concerning patient set-up, patient reactions, patient documentation, patient radiation dose prescription or changes required to achieve accurate patient treatment.)
  • Ability to teach and educate other professional staff.
  • High level of concentration needed, must be able to concentrate when subject to unpredictable working patterns, whilst delivering highly complex and potentially damaging radiation treatment.
  • Ability to prioritise, manage and organise individual and team workload and also manage and adapt to unpredictable work patterns.


  • Required to use computer systems and VDU equipment including excel, word etc. to produce documents and spreadsheets for audit. Be able to extract the information and produce a post audit report.
  • Able to enter data into and extract data from specialist databases.



  • Degree in Therapeutic Radiography or equivalent. DCR (T) or BSc (Hons)
  • HCPC Registration Radiographer.
  • Robust C.P.D. Profile


  • Masters Level professional development.
  • CT related training course e.g., cross sectional anatomy
  • Radiographer led review qualification

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Radiotherapy Department, Level 2

Derriford Road



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