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Reporting Radiographer, WRH

Employer
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Location
Worcester
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Profession
Radiographer
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified reporting radiographer to join the Radiology team at Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust, which comprises 7 sites across the county

The post has been developed to support the current reporting team and leadership team at the Worcester Royal site. We are a team of 11 reporting radiographers, led by a Cons Radiographer. The team manage over 75 % of the plain film reporting which includes a daily hot reporting service to the 2 ED's and 4 MIU's

Our Cons Radiographer is an international lecturer in plain film reporting and regular visiting lecturer at several universities. Reporting radiographers in the trust are supported with on-going training and expanding scope of practice, as part of this we expect reporters to work towards qualification in reporting all body parts

The successful candidate will be required to support in both a clinical and managerial capacity and support our OOH's duties as part of the departments key service provision. There is an expectation that the appointed candidate will support other services within radiology, according to knowledge and skills as required

Applicants should be enthusiastic and motivated with a passion for plain film reporting and a desire to develop

Applicants must hold the BSc in Radiography or the DCR(R) and be HCPC Registered. Applicants must hold a Post Graduate qualification in at least 1 aspect of plain film reporting from: Chest, Abdomen and MSK

Main duties of the job

This post is to support the Radiographer reporting team within the Acute Trust. You will also work alongside the Consultant Radiographer and Consultant Radiologists to enable an effective and robust cross county service.

The post holder will be based at the Worcester Royal site, but will also be required to travel around the trust offering teaching and support when necessary and supporting the further development of a fully integrated countywide service.

The appointment, if full-time, will have a minimum of 5 dedicated reporting sessions each week. We are working towards 7-day reporting and home reporting and there will be a flexible approach to meeting the reporting requirements over a 7-day period.

We are a forward-looking department committed to training and role development with a 4 tier system. We want to develop advanced practice within the department and would therefore expect the post holder to participate in teaching and audit.

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

Post Title Plain Film Reporting: Radiographer Advanced Practitioner

Pay Band Band 7

Hours Full Time/Part-time

Location/ Department Countywide post. The post will be based at the Worcester Royal Hospital, but with regular attendance at other Radiology Departments within the Trust

Accountable to Radiology Service Manager

Reports to Consultant Radiographer (Plain film reporting)

This post is to support the Radiographer reporting team within the Acute Trust. You will also work alongside the Consultant Radiographer and Consultant Radiologists to enable an effective and robust cross county service

The post holder will be based at the Worcester Royal site, but will also be required to travel around the trust offering teaching and support when necessary and supporting the further development of a fully integrated countywide service

The post is a full time post (37.5 hours a week) and you will have a minimum of 5 dedicated reporting sessions each week. We are working towards 7 day reporting and home reporting and there will be a requirement to have a flexible approach to meeting the reporting requirements over a 7 day period

We will continue to further develop advanced practice within the Directorate and require the post holder to participate in in-house teaching and audit

Key Working Relationships

internal & external

Liaises with

Medical and radiographic staff, administration staff, other health care professionals and care providers, porters,patients and relatives,Maintenance engineers,GPs and Practice Managers

Risk assessment

This post involves working with radiation, manual handling, exposure to body fluids and high use of display screen equipment

Job Purpose:

Work as an advanced practitioner in plain film reporting undertaking all aspects of this and providing reports to multiple referrers including GP, ED and in patients and out patients.

Work alongside the Consultant Radiographer and other advanced practitioners ensuring a robust and effective county wide plain film reporting service

Provide effective guidance and act as a good role model providing support and education to qualified and unqualified staff

Have specialist knowledge, experience and skills to carry out appendicular, axial, chest and abdominal reporting

Provide day to day administration and technical supervision to ensure that plain film images meet the clinical needs of the patient

Undertake clinical x-ray examinations for a minimum of one session a week

Ensure that patients are professionally cared for during the examination and their time in the department

The post holder will be expected to assist with service development within the departments

The post holder will be actively involved in audit led by the department

Key task and responsibilities:

Clinical and Service Provision:

Work autonomously in day to day practice, performing and reporting on plain film x-rays. To be accountable for monitoring own standards of work and that of team, improving the quality of clinical service provision

The post holder would be expected to spend a minimum of 70% of their time in clinical reporting sessions.

Provide an agreed volume of plain film reporting, monitoring report lists and KPI`s for plain film

Take accountability for ensuring plain film internal standards and KPI`s are achieved in conjunction with reporting team

Make a contribution to teaching activity this will include teaching of students, radiology registrars, radiographers, nursing staff and others

Communicate results/findings to the referring clinician providing well rationalised evidence based advice and or recommendations

Determine the need for additional examinations based on clinical presentation and image appearances and where appropriate, refer patients for other supplementary investigations in line with the established care pathways

Provide assistance and guidance to other radiographers, helpers, students and assistant practitioners with technical or other problems that may arise

Advise radiographers on the justification of equivocal requests

Participate in and support PDR reviews and support Consultant Radiographer with HR policies and processes

Maintain knowledge of technical and clinical developments within the field of the service and to be involved with such persons as appropriate in the implementation of such developments.

Attend professional training/development courses as appropriate and provide appropriate feedback that would benefit or enhance the service

Checking patients details prior to examination and ensuring that such details are present and correct on the request form/computer

Requests must be justified as per departmental protocol and as per statutory regulations, Ionising Radiations (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R) and the radiographer must use their professional judgement to refuse inappropriate requests

Ensure that patients are not pregnant prior to certain procedures

Perform, interpret and provide a written report on examinations as per departmental protocols, ensuring that any urgent reports are brought to the attention of the referring clinician and acted upon in the patients best interest

Ensure that patients are cared for in the department especially in their ownarea of work. To communicate to patients and others any delays likely to affect them, and within the standards set by the HPC to describe examination findings, if appropriate

In addition, to use their specialist knowledge and expertise to justify specialist requests within their modality. To discuss equivocal requests with clinicians/consultant radiologists

Ensuring that any images taken are properly identified with patients name, side examined, date of examination and coded if appropriate. Films should be stored within the electronic film folder on the PACS system. To enter information of the examination into the Radiology Computer System

Ensuring that, on completion of examination, the patient is informed how they will get their results and that they may leave and arrangements are made for transport if necessary

Ensuring that radiation safety measures are being observed within the limits of the procedure being carried out and that his/her own standard of Radiation Protection is in accordance with the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 , IR(ME)R 2000 and any other relevant legislation

To attend professional training/development courses as appropriate and provide appropriate feedback that would benefit or enhance the service

To take appropriate action to ensure the safety of patients and others. To report any accidents/incidents to the radiographer in charge

Have a flexible attitude towards the hours of work and participate in work and duties as required relevant to the directorate

To maintain and ensure others maintain a safe, clean and tidy environment

To liaise with the Site Superintendent where appropriate

To maintain and promote partnership working with other healthcare professionals e.g. radiologists, advanced practitioners clinical nurse specialists, A& E and MIU staff

The post includes participation in the out of normal working hours reporting. The directorate is working towards 7 day working and extended working days

Quality:

To participate in and promote Quality assurance within the department

To assist with radiation safety monitoring and development of new protocols

To develop and maintain protocols and quality standards with others, for working practices within theservice

To participate in Medical/Clinical Audit of examinations

Finance, Information and Resources:

To ensure the effective use of resources

With the site superintendent ensure that agreed stock levels are maintained

Professional:

To work independently as an advanced practitioner

To contribute, provide and participate in appraisal and work to achieve agreed set objectives

To maintain a portfolio to show evidence of personal professional development

To be responsible for own registration with the HPC. To maintain a professional attitude at all times, maintaining and developing the role of the profession in accordance with the HPC Code of Conduct

To participate in the training of others and to contribute to staff training needs with regard to induction, orientation and continuous education of staff

Statutory:

To ensure that all Trust, Unit and Directorate policies relating to Health and Safety, COSHH, Security and Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999, IR(ME)R 2000 and any other Local Radiation Safety policies are understood and observed in the department

Ensure that all apparatus and equipment is working satisfactorily and safely and that

Any malfunction is reported to the Site Superintendent

Any unreasonable delay in repair is brought to the attention of the Site Superintendent

Any fault occurring on equipment is entered into the relevant logbook

Assist the Site Superintendent in keeping appropriate documentation for equipment within the area

To attend mandatory training and ensure this is kept up to date

Other:

The purpose of this post should remain constant, but the duties and responsibilities may vary over time within the overall role and level of the post. The post holder may from time to time be asked to undertake other reasonable duties. Any such changes will be made in discussion with the post holder in the light of service needs

Competence

The post holder is responsible for limiting his/her actions to those which s/he feels competent to undertake. If the post holder has any doubts as to his or her competence during the course of his/her duties then s/he should immediately speak to their line manager or supervisor

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

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    C9365-24-0525-2

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