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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/11/2020.

Head of Service – Clinical Technologist

Job Reference: 317-2020-41-08-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Radiotherapy Mould Room - FH
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£45,753 - £51,668 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 15,000 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 best with people at our heart”.

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.

We are seeking an experienced and highly skilled Technologist or Radiographer to lead our Mould Room and Brachytherapy team supporting radiotherapy services at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care.

This is a developing and progressive service responding to the increasing technical demands of radiotherapy with an extensive range of immobilisation devices. The Brachytherapy service continues to increase in both scope and activity.

The post-holder will have overall responsibility for the joint Brachytherapy and Mould Room services and will directly manage two senior clinical technologists who individually lead the teams providing mould room service and brachytherapy preparation and delivery.

Brachytherapy is delivered using a recently installed Flexitron HDR and continues to increase in both scope and activity. Currently the Centre provides oesophageal, gynecological and interstitial HDR brachytherapy. The post is a mix of both managerial and clinical work. The appointee will participate in the preparation and treatment delivery for all HDR patients, in both theatre and clinical environments; prostate brachytherapy using 1-125; patient immobilisation preparation and development of these services. The mould room staff work closely with all clinical teams in the cancer centre and the successful candidate will be able to show excellent communication skills with these staff groups.

The Northern Centre for Cancer Care is a modern centre that opened in 2008 within Freeman Hospital. The mould room provides support for nine high energy treatment machines which includes two linacs delivering stereotactic treatments and two TomoTherapy units. The centre provides a full range of radiotherapy treatments including paediatrics, SABR, TBI, TSEI and IMRT. The Trust has an on-going commitment to equipment replacement and the delivery of a high quality modern radiotherapy service.

Newcastle upon Tyne is an exciting place to live with easy access to city, coast and country. The nightlife is lively; there is plenty of sport, culture and a good transport network.

Applicants are expected to have good knowledge of mould room and radiotherapy techniques and practice and to have demonstrated the ability to work both independently and as team leader. Candidates are required to have an honours degree in a related subject such as clinical physiology or radiotherapy oncology and Master’s level knowledge and experience. They must also be registered with either the HCPC or RCT.


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