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Lead Clinical Scientist (Band 8a)

Job Reference: 317-2019-33-05-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 NMPCE - FH Diag Rad Protection
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£44,606 - £50,819 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 14,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “healthcare at its very best – with a personal touch”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

Who are we?

The Imaging Physics & Radiation Safety Unit of Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering provides a range of scientific and advisory services to over 50 hospitals and other clients in the north of England, covering an area of approximately 14,000 square kilometres. As a unit we specialise in:

  • equipment performance testing (diagnostic radiology, ultrasound, MRI and phototherapy),
  • radiation safety advice for ionising and non-ionising radiation,
  • personal dosimetry, patient dosimetry and instrument calibration services.

Who are we looking for?

We are recruiting for a lead clinical scientist with specialist knowledge and experience in radiation safety who can thrive in the challenges of delivering multiple services to a number of customers.

We are seeking a Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA), ideally with experience with non-ionising radiation (particularly UV and/or LASER). The successful applicant will be appointed as RPA to a number of Trusts supported by a number of scientist and technical staff.

Depending on your experience you will also be appointed as either a diagnostic radiology medical physics expert or non-ionising radiation protection advisor. You will also contribute to the department’s extensive teaching programme which includes the delivery of the educational component of the Newcastle Modernising Scientific Careers Scientific Training Programme in Medical Physics.

Applicants should be registered as a clinical scientist and hold, or be eligible for, RPA certification. You should preferably also have experience either as a diagnostic radiology medical physics expert, radioactive waste adviser, or as a non-ionising radiation protection advisor (UV, laser, MR).

If you are close to RPA certification and have appropriate experience we also encourage you to apply.

As the post requires travel to other hospitals throughout this often spectacular region, a UK driving licence is essential.

Why apply?

This is an exciting opportunity to join our growing team and play a key role in developing diagnostic radiology physics and radiation safety services to users of ionising and non-ionising radiation.

Working within a large regional service you will exposed to a wide variety of work enabling continual self-development. You also will be given the opportunity for formal training via participation on internal and external courses.

You will become part of a friendly and supportive group of people, with plenty of social opportunities and a chance to experience Geordie hospitality all year round. Away from the city, Northumberland has beautiful and unspoilt beaches plus the greatest number of castles in an English county.

For further details / informal visits contact:

If you would like to know more or would like to arrange a visit to meet our amazing team please contact Ian Birch, Head of Service (Radiation Safety) on 0191 2138643


Important note on completion of reference section of Application Form

All references from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

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Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by e-mail. You should check your SPAM folders as well as your inbox. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume your application has been unsuccessful.

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