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Consultant Radiographer - Breast, Band 8b

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 8b Consultant Radiographer/Band 8a Advanced Practitioner Radiographer/ Band 7 Trainee Advanced Practitioner Radiographer.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and well-motivated Consultant Radiographer to join the Breast Imaging team in Gloucestershire. As a member of our team, you will help deliver highly skilled patient focused care within the Breast Imaging Service. Part of the wider breast service, we operate from Thirlestaine Breast Centre, Cheltenham. We provide the breast screening service for the population of Gloucestershire. The target population is currently 110,000 women aged 50-70 years, but it is expected to increase by up 10-15% with demographic changes over the next decade.

We are a Full Field Digital Screening Unit with 4 FFDM machines all with tomosynthesis capability, 1 with contrast enhanced mammography and 3 with stereotactic capability. There are 4 ultrasound units. 2 FFDM mobile units provide screening for clients at other sites in Gloucestershire. The co-location of the imaging and surgical clinics lends itself to an excellent collaborative approach to both elements of the breast service. There are one stop new patient clinics occurring every day during the working week. We see approximately 5000 new cases per year there are an additional 10000 surveillance mammograms undertaken annually.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a clinical expert in the field of breast imaging and will fulfil the 4 pillars of Consultant Level practice:

Expert clinical practice

Strategic and enabling leadership

Learning, developing and improving across the system

Research and innovation

In addition consultancy forms the foundations for putting expertise in place across systems of health and social care across the above domains demonstrating the 5th pillar.

This is a senior clinical post, and the postholder will work autonomously in the department adhering to Trust protocols and policies, NBSS and NICE guidelines, taking a lead role as part of the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will also be involved with, and where appropriate, collaborate in national and international research contributing to relevant networks and forums, with the aim of supporting excellence within the specialist field.

The postholder will be a member of the breast imaging team and will have expert knowledge and experience in all areas of advanced practice, providing leadership, facilitation of education support and advice all staff within and external to breast imaging for Gloucestershire Breast Screening service and symptomatic breast service. There is an expectation that a minimum of 50% of the post holder's portfolio will be spent in direct autonomous clinical practice and providing leadership to clinicians within this clinical area.

About us

If the applicant has an MSc in Breast Imaging but has no experience of working at Consultant Practitioner level but does have COR accreditation as an Advanced Practitioner, a Band 8a Advanced Practitioner post will be considered. Support will be given for the candidate to achieve accreditation at Consultant Practitioner level. Once the candidate is accredited and has the appropriate experience of working at this level, transition to Band 8b would be supported.

If the applicant does not have an MSc in Breast Imaging but has a post graduate qualification (Level 7) in Mammographic Image interpretation and either a post graduate qualification (Level 7) in Breast Ultrasound or Interventional Breast Procedures and is willing to undertake further training to obtain an MSc in Breast Imaging and COR accreditation as an Advanced Practitioner, then a Band 7 Trainee Advanced Practitioner post will be considered with transition to Band 8a once the MSc and accreditation is obtained.Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information on the main responsibilities of this vacancy.

Contact Details

Helen Taylor (Breast Services Lead)

0300 422 3775 / 07977 195027

Person Specification



  • BSC or equivalent in Diagnostic Imaging
  • HCPC registration
  • Level 7 qualification in Mammographic Image Interpretation and either Breast Ultrasound or Breast Interventional Procedures


  • Masters level qualification in Education/ Training
  • Masters Level qualification in Leadership/ management



  • Evidence of working in a hospital environment which undertakes a wide range of complex breast examinations


  • Experience of working at Consultant Practitioner level and have COR accreditation
  • Presentation of papers and publications in peer reviewed journals/high impact journals
  • Evidence of dissemination of research and applying research in clinical practice
  • Evidence of continuous professional development across the 4 pillars of high level practice

Knowledge/ Skills


  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills - verbal, non-verbal and written, when interacting with other team members, patients, other professionals and members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT)
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of own level of responsibility, including when working with complexity, risk, uncertainty and incomplete information.
  • Knowledge of Imaging Regulations and governance processes
  • Committed to the improvement of patient care with a dynamic and flexible approach to care delivery


  • Evidence of participation in research projects

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Thirlestaine Breast Centre


GL53 7AS

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