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Clinical Scientist - Radiation Physics

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
29 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Radiation Physics team at UCLH. This is a newly formed post which will expand the team to nine clinical scientists and one clinical technologist.

Radiation Physics are looking for a self-motivated, HCPC registered clinical scientist to make a major contribution to the radiation protection and diagnostic radiology services within the Trust and for its customer departments.

Main duties of the job

You will need to be working as a certificated MPE in Diagnostic Radiology, though we will consider applicants who can demonstrate that they are very close to submission of a portfolio for MPE certification.

The role requires an in-depth knowledge of all types of uses of ionising radiations in healthcare and academic research environments and the practical means of radiation protection including both radiology and radioactive materials. The team also provide laser safety and ultrasound QC services to UCLH and its customers.

The role requires an understanding of other medical physics services such as Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy for both adult and specialist paediatric services - for a fuller description please refer to the job description.

As a member of the team providing Radiation Physics safety advice you will work across all departments using radiation at UCLH, and with a broad range of external clients around London. The department has close links with UCL and opportunities exist to take an active role in teaching and research.

Experience of laser and ultrasound safety is extremely desirable.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological,gastrointestinaland oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclearmedicineand pathology.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree plus Master's degree in Physics or other relevant subject
  • Formal Medical Physics training, including substantial content of Imaging with Ionising Radiation and Radiation Protection, delivered through a recognised training scheme e.g. IPEM.
  • UK State Registration as a Clinical Scientist through the HCPC.
  • Either have obtained MPE certification or very close to submitting portfolio for MPE certification.


  • Doctoral degree (PhD), or equivalent knowledge and experience.
  • Membership of SRP



  • Significant post-graduate experience specifically in radiation protection and diagnostic radiology
  • A thorough knowledge of the principles and practice of radiation safety in a clinical context, to include a full understanding of: oThe physics of radiation protection, and the principles of operation of radiation detectors.
  • Current diagnostic and therapeutic radiological procedures. The operation of current diagnostic radiology equipment and image processing workstations.
  • Equipment calibration, quality assurance and performance assessment.
  • The principles and practice of external radiation dosimetry, sufficient to perform estimates of the patient dose arising from non-standard procedures
  • Current methodologies for the processing and analysis of radiological and CT imaging data
  • oWindows operating system and PC applications software
  • oHighly developed specialist knowledge of radiation protection sufficient to act as an independent source of contact for advice.
  • Radiation safety legislation and practice, the safe use of unsealed radioactive materials


  • An understanding of : oStatistical methods appropriate for analysis of radiological data. oTechniques for image fusion and registration. oTechniques for kinetic modelling. oMonte Carlo modelling. oWindows operating systems. oWebsite development, databases. oClinical governance and audit, NHS research strategy etc
  • The presentation of scientific findings at conferences and seminars, and their publication in peer-reviewed literature.

Skills and Abilities


  • Scientific and Technical Skills: The ability to analyse and solve complex scientific and technical problems, particularly under pressure.
  • A demonstrated commitment to, clinical research and development.
  • Managerial Skills: Organisational and analytical skills.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own workload.
  • Committed to participating fully in the delivery of a professional, high-quality clinical service
  • Personal drive and direction, and the ability to work autonomously.
  • The ability to deal with highly complex facts and situations in order to help formulate radiation protection policies within Medical Physics and partner departments.



  • Able to communicate highly complex information effectively with colleagues across all disciplines and levels of responsibility in a professional manner.
  • Able to communicate specialist scientist information to staff and patients under often-stressful conditions.
  • The ability to generate clear and concise reports, summarising the findings of audit or the critical assessment of processes and procedures.

Personal and People Development


  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team with a demonstrable commitment to participate fully in delivering a professional, high-quality clinical service.
  • Ability to communicate tactfully at all times with other staff groups and patients, remaining calm and objective under stressful conditions, and willing to seek advice when necessary.
  • Ability to provide expert scientific and technical support and advice on the correct operation, safe use and proper care of the department's imaging equipment.
  • Ability to deliver training, education and supervision of staff and students including CPD and the development of staff competencies to fulfil UCLH policies and legislative requirements.
  • Ability to communicate complex radiation safety processes and protocols to fellow health professionals and other radiation protection specialists.
  • To undertake formal teaching and lecturing as required in support of internally and externally organised courses, contributing also to the formal and informal education and training of visitors of all staff groups to the department.

Specific Requirements


  • To deliver support to the work of the INM and Radiology departments
  • Physical Skills - keyboard skills, hand-eye co-ordination)
  • Able to operate keyboard, mouse and trackball including at clinical image processing and review workstations where the fine control of screen icons is required to manipulate and process image data precisely.
  • Able to distinguish subtle changes in the quality and features of physics QC phantom images. Able to manipulate liquid radioactive materials and waste safely and to manage sealed sources accurately and responsibly.
  • By agreement, the post holder may need to work flexibly on occasions, outside their core hours, to support the clinical and research activities of the department.

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing, University College Hospital

25 Grafton Way



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