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Career Grade / Lead Clinical Scientist (Band 7/8a)

Job Reference: 317-2021-02-014

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Radiotherapy Physics - FH
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£38,890 - £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.

An experienced, talented and energetic Clinical Scientist is required to join the Radiotherapy Physics team at Carlisle. As the successful candidate you will play a major role in leading the Radiotherapy Planning Service and bring skills and experience to improve the quality of the Radiotherapy Physics Service across a range of sub-specialties. You will be capable of working at MPE level and if not already appointed as an MPE you will be expected to work towards MPE registration. You will be able to demonstrate leadership skills including leading on a major project and show that you can provide clinical, scientific and technical advice to a wide range of other professional groups including clinical, technical, managerial staff both within and outside of Carlisle. You will be employed by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who will be taking over management of the Carlisle service in April 2021. The postholder is expected to work closely with colleagues in Newcastle to harmonise the two treatment planning services.

The Radiotherapy service in Carlisle, is due to relocate to a brand new, purpose built department on the Cumberland Infirmary site in early 2021. This will house two Varian TrueBeam linacs, Aria oncology management system and a Siemens CT scanner. Radiotherapy treatment planning is undertaken on Raystation which is shared with the Department in Newcastle, The Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC). NCCC has a strong teaching pedigree linked with Newcastle University delivering the national Medical Physics MSc training, oncologist FRCR teaching and local STP and route-2 physicist training. The postholder would be expected to contribute to this teaching.

Carlisle is a historic city with easy access to the Lake District national Park and the Scottish Borders.

Applications are welcome from experienced Registered Clinical Scientists.

Applications from less experienced candidates are also encouraged who would be initially appointed at a Band 7 until the following competencies are met:

  • Management / Leadership - Evidence of communication, advice to colleagues, report writing, managing change.
  • Service Development - Undertake a service development new to either the Newcastle or Carlisle site e.g. Collapsed Cone calculation use in Radcalc, Photon Monte Carlo planning for a specific disease site, etc.
  • Procedure implementation and monitoring - Overseeing a change in technique at Carlisle to one used at NUTH e.g. VMAT for a specific disease site, dropping DQAs for certain sites, Planning from 4DCT/MRI, gated delivery, etc.
  • Teaching / Training - Lecture on MSc or FRCR courses, undertake training of dosimetrists/physicist in an aspect of RayStation/Aria/Radcalc use.

Band 7 Salary £38,890 - £44,503 per annum

Band 8a Salary £45,753 - £51,668 per annum

If you would like to discuss this post and feel that you have the necessary experience and skills please contact Chris Walker, Head of Radiotherapy Physics, NCCC on 0191 2448729 or email

Full Time 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week




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