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Principal Physicist Radiation protection

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 per annum pro rata for part time INC HCAS
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are invited for a new Band 8A Principal Physicist post following the expansion of the Regional Radiation Protection Service (RRPS) within the Department of Medical Physics at the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford.

You will join a team of 24+ medical physicists, technicians and computer scientists supported by an admin team. The service provides comprehensive radiation protection, diagnostic radiology and x-ray engineering services to a wide variety of NHS Trusts, private healthcare providers, dentists, veterinary practices, industrial services and others. We are active in research, development and training, organising courses both locally and at a national level. The Service is closely involved in the University of Surrey's MSc programmes in Medical Physics, Medical Imaging and Radiation and Environmental Protection. Opportunities to participate in teaching, research and development are highly encouraged.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will support all aspects of the work across all types of diagnostic X-ray systems and will also be able to get involved in other areas such as MRI, ultrasound, lasers and UV. Radiation protection / waste advisory support is also given to a number of Nuclear Medicine departments, PET/CT scanners and radiotherapy centres. Management responsibilities will also be part of the role.

This is an exciting opportunity for any physicist who has recently attained their MPE status and is looking to gain a wide range of experience to aid in gaining further certification and career development.

Travel is involved and occasional overnight stays required. Overseas travel may arise. A current driving licence would be required.

About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognising that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have given us an overall rating of Outstanding.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

Although it isn't the Trusts normal practice, adverts may close early, so you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

To be a clinical scientist Principal Physicist and a senior member of the Regional Radiation Protection (RRPS) team, working with other team members in the provision of a comprehensive radiation protection and radiological physics service to the NHS and outside bodies. To act as a Medical Physics Expert (MPE) under the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 [IR(ME)R2017]. To participate in all areas of work, and to take on responsibility for key aspects of the service. The postholder works at a senior professional level, providing advice and services to employers facilitating compliance with ionising radiation legislation and working towards further certification such as RPA. Issues are very specialist, varied and highly complex. They will operate with a high degree of autonomy, particularly in the areas for which they are responsible.

Person Specification



  • Good honours degree in a relevant subject
  • MSc or PhD in radiation protection, medical physics [or equivalent
  • Corporate Membership of IPEM [or equivalent]
  • MPE Certification
  • State Registration as a Clinical Scientist with the HCPC


  • Management qualification

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge and understanding of the nature, use, risks and radiation protection of ionising radiations such as X-rays, gamma rays and electrons.
  • Knowledge and understanding of all the areas of legislation, approved codes and good guidance, applicable to the use of ionising radiations in the field of medical, dental, veterinary and industry where appropriate. Knowledge to act as a Medical Physics Expert regarding the safety of the patient under IRMER within the field of radiology.
  • Specialist knowledge of the techniques employed to measure the performance and radiological safety of digital and analogue state of the art X-ray imaging equipment.
  • Experience in medical physics and radiation protection. Analysing and interpreting highly complex and varied situations and judging measures required to assess performance, risk and benefit in comparison with relevant legislation, codes, guidance and standards.
  • Specialist experience or awareness in the use of physics testing equipment and complex procedures employed to measure the application, performance and safety of a wide variety of X-ray and other ionising and non-ionising radiation equipment.
  • A level of understanding of clinical risks to patients, staff and public arising from ionising radiation exposure.
  • Awareness of relevant legislation, national standards, professional and other guidelines


  • Knowledge and understanding of ultrasound and non-ionising radiations including magnetic, electric fields, ultraviolet, infrared, microwaves and particularly lasers

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Surrey Hospital



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