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Therapeutic Radiographer Advanced Practice

Employer
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Profession
Radiographer
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
This role offers an exciting opportunity to be part of the dynamic radiotherapy team at UCLH. The post holder will undertake rotations between the photon and proton departments and will work across a wide range of areas pre-treatment, treatment-prep, the treatment units and brachytherapy.

UCLH is seeking a committed individual with the energy and focus to continue building on the existing service of excellence.

Radiotherapy services at UCLH are delivered across two departments. The photon department is equipped with Varian TrueBeam systems with advanced imaging packages and 6DoF couches, and is in the process of acquiring and installing an additional Halcyon unit. The department has a comprehensive brachytherapy suite and a Gulmay skin unit. UCLH is one of only two NHS sites delivering proton beam therapy across the NHS. The proton beam therapy (PBT) department is equipped with Varian ProBeam gantries with advanced imaging packages and robotic couches. Both departments have a dedicated CT scanner and the PBT department also has a dedicated MRI scanner.

The department delivers radiotherapy services for a broad spectrum of cancers comprising of common cancers as well as specialist treatments including brachytherapy, molecular radiotherapy and total body irradiation. The PBT department focus's predominantly on head and neck, brain and sarcoma treatment sites. Paediatrics and TYAs make up approximately one third of the patient cohort.

Main duties of the job

o Be recognised as the lead practitioner in their specific field, setting an example to junior staff and being available to advise colleagues in other areas.o Deputise for the Band 8a where necessary to address staffing issues, skill mix and tackle wider departmental problems. Liaise with operational managers, disseminating information and attaining departmental working objectives.o Must be aware of the skills and competencies available within the team, utilising them effectively and delegating appropriately. Ensures the team they are leading is progressing through the departmental competency programme and highlights when issues arise in order to maintain the required skill mix and deliver a safe, high quality service.o The band 7 uses their expert interpersonal skills to inspire, motivate and collaborate with all members of the multidisciplinary team to facilitate improvements in service.o Manage the prioritisation of own and section workload depending on the severity of the patient condition and the direct impact on their management. It is also the responsibility of the band 7 to reorganise workload in both scheduled and unplanned machine maintenance/breakdown scenarios.o Work within the quality system at all times. Question and propose changes to procedures when necessary, to maintain the validity and appropriateness of the system with new and changing practices.

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, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and 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.

In partnership with patients and other professionals make sound, ethically-based decisions in the interest of patients and the absence of precedents and protocols. Demonstrates safe use and maintenance of expensive, specialist equipment used by self and others, using quality assurance methods. Is the lead liaison with all members of the multidisciplinary team, including clinicians, engineers, nurses, physics colleagues, students and other allied health professionals, to maintain a positive working relationship across all professional boundaries. Annually appraise junior band 5 and band 6 radiographers. Initiate regular stock-taking, placing orders with internal and external distributors.

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

Essential

  • BSc in therapeutic radiography or equivalent formal qualification.
  • Health Profession Council (HPC) registration as a therapy or nuclear medicine radiographer.


Desirable

  • Clinical experience in planning and or dosimetry
  • Participation in audit/clinical governance.
  • MSc or Master's level equivalent experience.


Experience

Essential

  • Relevant postgraduate experience with specialist training and knowledge. At least 18 months as a band 6 radiographer.
  • Practical experience in planning and delivering a wide range of radiotherapy techniques.
  • Leadership experience.


Communication

Essential

  • Provide information and support about cancer, and communicate highly distressing, sensitive information to patients and relatives/carers.
  • Be enthusiastic and motivated, with the ability to lead a team through times of change.
  • Use excellent communication skills to relate confidently across all professional boundaries to Trust staff and external contacts.


Skills & Abilities

Essential

  • Provide specialist clinical training and undertake presentations, both within the dept and nationally in conferences and workshops.
  • Plan, carry out and analyse clinical and departmental audits.
  • Be committed to self-development and continued professional development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of radiotherapy equipment QA to ensure its safe use.
  • Work confidently within the multidisciplinary team. Interpret a wide range of imaging modalities for planning and treatment optimisation.


Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

University College London Hospitals

235 Euston Road

London

NW1 2BU

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309-UCLH-4685

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