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Operational Planning Lead

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust are looking for an experienced Planning radiographer or Clinical technologist to lead the treatment planning team on the Ipswich Hospital site. We have a strong multidisciplinary approach to working and you will have the opportunity to be part of development work within Radiotherapy.

This is an exciting time for the department. We are currently commissioning an Ethos machine on the Ipswich site to complement our Varian TrueBeams.

We are a cloud based paperless department and all plans are produced on the Eclipse TPS within the Aria Oncology Management system.

The department participates in a number of clinical trials and treatments are delivered routinely using IMRT, VMAT, SABR, and 4D techniques.

We encourage our staff to further their personal and professional development. You will be supported in internal and external training and courses including the trust's leadership programme.

Main duties of the job

Provide effective leadership and efficient management of the planning area, to ensure patient pathways meet national targets and are within the resources available, maintaining and reducing waiting times where possible

Lead in the timely production of highly complex radiotherapy treatment plans using conformal, IMRT and VMAT techniques for individual patients, ensuring a high standard of technical practice and patient care

Critically analyse and independently check routine and highly complex plans.

Lead in the introduction of new planning techniques in order to improve treatment outcomes

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are one of the largest NHS organisations in England, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • HCPC therapeutic radiographer registration or voluntary register of clinical technologists registration
  • Masters qualification or equivalent experience supplemented by post graduate courses.
  • Involvement in training and teaching


  • Management qualification



  • Evidence of highly specialist skills with significant clinical experience
  • Complex computer planning
  • All aspects of treatment planning/delivery
  • A wide range of techniques & equipment for a range of complexities and clinical experience
  • Dealing with people with varying physical and psychological capabilities and in complex situations
  • Experience of managing staff
  • Dealing with people with a range of difficulties in a range of situations
  • Experience in producing and implementing departmental guidelines and protocols


  • Research experience / clinical trials
  • Change Management/ Project management
  • Experience of formal presentations
  • Previous experience of supervision and clinical education

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital

Heath Road



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