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Associate Medical Physicist Radiotherapy, WRH

Employer
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Location
Worcester
Salary
£28,407 to £34,581 a year In line with Band 5 under agenda for change
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 5
Hours
Full Time
This fixed-term (12months) role in the radiotherapy physics team at Worcester will be focused on supporting the local radiotherapy clinical trial activity, but will also provide plenty of opportunities to gain experience in working alongside clinical scientists. It is ideally suited to candidates intending to pursue a career as a radiotherapy clinical scientist or technologist.

Worcester is a small, friendly department that delivers all but the most rare forms of external beam radiotherapy. You will be part of a team of 9 clinical scientists, 7 dosimetrists and 4 engineers. You will also work closely with Radiographers, clinical oncologists and staff in the trials team. We have 3 Elekta linacs, a Raystation treatment planning system, a Canon CT scanner, An XStrahl superficial treatment unit and a Mosaiq R& V system.

We are entering a period of equipment replacement at Worcester so there will be plenty of opportunity to help with exciting commissioning work and development of new techniques.

Please note that we will be interviewing for this post on Friday 19th July. In-person or remote interview (over Teams) will be available.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the role are:

1. to support all aspects of the radiotherapy clinical trials activity

2. to support a range of clinical tasks performed by radiotherapy clinical scientists

3. to support development projects within the team

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

1. To provide support to clinical scientists and other staff groups in all aspects of radiotherapy clinical trials, including administration, data collection, data analysis, internal presentations and basic training.

2. To provide support to clinical scientists and other staff groups in all aspects of Radiotherapy Physics treatment planning, dose measurement, Mould Room, machine quality control, technique development and Commissioning of new equipment and techniques.

3. To work under supervision within standard operating procedures in all areas of work following a period of training. To seek advice from supervisors and experienced colleagues as required. To always ensure accuracy of data and information. To plan own workload to ensure priority tasks are completed when required, raising issues early with supervising staff.

4. Treatment Planning:

4.1. To produce a range of basic radiotherapy plans as required to support the clinical service

4.2. To communicate relevant complex information to the supervising clinical scientist or clinician as required.

4.3. To check that adequate records of all outlining, treatment planning and calculations have been made.

5. Dosimetry:

5.1. To undertake under supervision all routine dose measurements including patient specific doses and machine calibration doses.

5.2. To highlight treatment machine doses and patient doses which fall outside accepted tolerances, giving accurate and complete information to the responsible clinical scientist as required.

5.3. To participate in the calibration of the Department's dosimeters against the Regional Secondary Standard.

5.4. To carry out quality control checks on dosimetry systems, including safe handling of radioactive Strontium source for quality control purposes.

6. Mould Room:

6.1. To support the manufacture of patient fixation devices, blocking devices and build-up materials for patient treatment.

6.2. To carry out this work according to standard operating procedures, observing required standards of safety, tidiness and cleanliness in this workspace

7. Treatment machine quality control:

7.1. To carry out (under supervision) quality control checks, calibration and equipment tests on highly complex radiotherapy equipment, following agreed protocols.

7.2. To ensure that calibrations and equipment tests that directly affect radiation dose to the patient are carried out with strict reference to procedures and safety tolerance levels set out in the quality system.

7.3. To accurately record machine performance data, communicating relevant complex information to the supervising clinical scientist as required.

8. Duty Physicist: to support the duty physicist in responding to urgent clinical queries.

9. Quality System:

9.1. To support the development of procedures throughout Radiotherapy Physics to enhance the service. These procedures will impact on the work of radiographers and radiotherapy consultant staff.

9.2. To contribute to the development and maintenance of the Radiotherapy Quality System

10. Computing:

10.1. To develop basic knowledge and expertise in computing software, networks and image processing for radiotherapy.

10.2. To develop radiotherapy physics computing by contributing to software to meet physics and clinical specifications.

11. Research and Development:

11.1. To carry out research work under supervision (e.g. data measurement, data analysis), taking initiative to pursue further investigations within the scope agreed by the supervising clinical scientist.

11.2. To contribute to, and where appropriate to present, the results of research at local scientific meetings and by published papers in refereed journals.

12. To minimise financial costs by safe and effective use of high capital value equipment (in excess of �30,000).

13. To work such unsocial hours as are necessary for the safe and effective performance of their duties.

14. To keep abreast of current scientific and technical developments in radiotherapy physics.

15. To undertake any other duties required by the Head of Radiotherapy Physics in accordance with the grade and nature of the post.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Honours degree in Physics (2.2 or higher)


Desirable

  • Evidence of recent research experience


Skills

Essential

  • A committed in depth interest in Scientific Practice and its application to direct clinical care of patients in a clinical environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of quality control in a science or work-based context.
  • Excellent attitude towards learning and continuing professional development.


Desirable

  • Able to write complex computer programs (e.g. Python, Excel macros, Java)


Experience

Essential

  • Able to demonstrate recent experience in designing, carrying out, analysing and reporting scientific investigations and experiments.
  • Able to work autonomously to complete own workload under guidance of supervisors.


Desirable

  • Experience of working within a healthcare science discipline.


Employer details

Employer name

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Address

Charles Hastings Way

Worcester

Worcestershire

WR5 1DD

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