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Clinical Scientist Radiotherapy Physics

Northampton General Hospital
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata / per annum
Closing date
30 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Clinical scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are invited to join our dynamic, forward-thinking and friendly team as a Clinical Scientist in radiotherapy physics. We are looking for someone who has (or is soon to be eligible for) HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist in radiotherapy. Applicants in the final year of STP training are encouraged to apply.

The radiotherapy department at Northampton General Hospital has 3 TrueBeam linear accelerators, all fitted with ExacTrac and 6DoF couches, a dedicated CT scanner, and a HDR unit. Radiotherapy planning is performed with Eclipse and is integrated with the Varian Aria system.

AI auto-contouring and knowledge-based planning tools are in routine use in the department. The use of 3D printing for producing bespoke silicon bolus for external beam therapy is also routine, while we have recently developed our HDR skin brachytherapy techniques to utilise printed surface moulds.

Main duties of the job

To participate in all aspects of routine service provision of the Radiotherapy Physics department.

To be responsible for the provision of some aspects of the service involving external beam treatment planning, brachytherapy, and qualityassurance.

To undertake work as part of project based teams to assist in the development of new techniques and processes.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values
  • Compassion
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Courage

We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds. This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Undertake standard and non-standard treatment planning duties, and perform complex manual calculations and adjustments wherenecessary.

Check complex radiotherapy plans to ensure accuracy and clinical appropriateness of technique.

Assist in the provision of scientific and technical advice to consultants, other clinicians, radiographers, and any other relevant staff on all

matters relating to radiotherapy equipment and complex treatment procedures.

Perform quality assurance tests on a range of Radiotherapy equipment.

Assist in the development of processes and work instructions within brachytherapy, QA, dosimetry and treatment planning.

Assist with the support for computational aspects of Radiotherapy Physics Services in particular supporting the networked system

linking treatment planning, simulation, therapy equipment and clinical information systems.

To support departmental compliance to dosimetry standards, ensuring that calibration and check measurements are performed in an accurate and timely manner.

To support the delivery and development of brachytherapy services through a range of activities including source preparation and QA,

intra-operative and post-operative planning, and equipment QA.

Participate in aspects of purchasing new radiotherapy equipment, including preparation of specification, evaluation, giving advice,

acceptance testing, as appropriate.

Take part in the commissioning of new Radiotherapy equipment.

To participate in local and national inter-departmental dosimetry and quality assurance programmes and initiatives.

Analyse in vivo dosimetry measurements to validate radiotherapy accuracy.

Participate in the Physics duty rota.

Manage own work and prioritise it on a day to day basis, working flexibly where necessary.

To participate in the training of trainee Physicists, student Radiographers, and Medical staff.

Supervise the work of Clinical Scientists, Trainees, Dosimetrists, and Medical Technical staff when they are performing work under the

post-holders direction.

Keep careful records of all work performed and complete other appropriate records in accordance to Quality System requirements.

To participate in maintaining the departmental ISO9001:2000 quality system by continual review of own procedures, writing and

checking of relevant documents and work instructions, and carrying out audits within Radiotherapy, Radiotherapy Physics and wardareas.

To participate in the QA of new radiotherapy trials and plan patients according to current approved trial protocols.

Present scientific/technical work/papers at local, regional or national meetings.

To remain up to date regarding the latest scientific and technical developments and their applications within radiotherapy physics.

Act as an Operator under the definitions of the IR(ME)R Regulations in accordance with Trust Policies.

Person Specification



  • Honours degree in Physical Science or a relevant subject or equivalent.
  • MSc in Medical/Radiation Physics or knowledge equivalent to level of an MSc.
  • State registration as a Clinical Scientist, or working towards it.


  • Successful completion of a recognised training scheme.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Knowledge of the characteristics of complex Radiotherapy equipment
  • An understanding of safety critical nature of radiotherapy equipment
  • Knowledge of techniques employed in the QA of Radiotherapy Equipment
  • Understanding of patient and staff risks arising from radiotherapy treatment
  • Knowledge of radiation protection legislation and standards of good practice to reduce radiation doses to staff and patients
  • Significant experience of all areas of Radiotherapy Physics (dosimetry, quality assurance, radiotherapy treatment planning, brachytherapy etc).
  • Experience of Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) treatment planning


  • Experience in supporting the development of new processes



  • Ability to make judgements and decisions affecting patient care based on complex scientific data
  • Experience in managing projects and evidence of meeting deadlines
  • Ability to use word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Extracting information and preparing reports
  • Good presentation, communication, negotiation and inter-personal skills


  • Proven ability to present scientific papers locally and at national conferences.

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Ability to manage own work, prioritise, delegate and exercise initiative
  • Ability to work effectively in teams
  • To have an awareness of current and developing technology as relevant to radiotherapy

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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