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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/06/2021.

Career Grade / Lead Clinical Scientist

Job Reference: 317-2021-20-19-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Radiotherapy Physics - 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 1.72 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been twice rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

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 our Radiotherapy Physics Team in the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC). As the successful candidate you will primarily play a major role in the commissioning, development and running of brachytherapy, radiobiology and the absolute dosimetry calibration chain.

Brachytherapy is delivered using a recently installed Flexitron HDR and continues to increase in both scope and activity. Currently NCCC provides oesophageal, gynecological and interstitial HDR brachytherapy. The post is a mix of both development and clinical work and the appointee will participate in the commissioning, development and treatment planning of all HDR Brachytherapy, the development and running of the radiobiology service and the maintenance and running of the absolute dosimetry chain, including liaison with the National Physics Laboratory.

We have 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 successful candidate will be expected to teach on the FRCR course and both teach and examine on the Physics MSc.

Other commitments will include participation in our Quality Assurance program and involvement in commissioning and maintenance of specialised services, including Total Body Irradiation, Total Skin Electron Irradiation and advising on Superficial and electron treatments and dosimetry. You will also be expected to take part in dosimetry audits and inspections from the Environment Agency, HSE and CQC.

NCCC uses a BSI accredited Quality management system (Qpulse) and you will be expected to contribute to the maintenance of well-ordered and timely updated documentation within this.

The Radiotherapy Physics staff work closely with all clinical teams in NCCC and the successful candidate will be able to show excellent communication skills with these staff groups.

You will be capable of working at Medical Physics Expert (MPE) level and if not already appointable 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 NCCC.

You will bring skills and experience to improve the quality of the Radiotherapy Physics Service across a range of sub-specialties.

You will be accountable to the lead Physicist in your team. The immediate team consists of 3 physicists, but the larger Radiotherapy Physics team at NCCC comprises 16.5 WTE Physicists, 8.5 WTE Clinical Engineers (External Beam Radiotherapy) and 6.5 WTE Clinical Technologists (Brachytherapy and Mould Room).

As further background to the department, the NCCC is expanding and developing its advanced treatment services and its position as one of the leading radiotherapy imaging centres in the UK. We are the first to use MR-only planning for radiotherapy and are one of the few radiotherapy centres with a dedicated MR scanner. We are expanding our range of stereotactic treatments and we are the first centre in the UK to treat multiple mets using the new Brainlab Elements software. Our range of advanced treatment methods including SRS, SABR, VMAT, IMRT, TBI, TSEI on our state of the art fleet of Varian and Tomotherapy units and we have a strong and developing brachytherapy service. NCCC is a reference site for advanced practices such as Varian verification, stereotactic Elements and we have an excellent culture of clinical trials involvement.

Full Time 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week

For further details / informal visits contact:

Chris Walker

Head of Radiotherapy Physics

Email address

Telephone number 0191 2448729

Additional contact information

Mr. Steve Locks
Consultant Clinical Scientist – Radiotherapy Physics
Telephone 48727 (0191 244 8727 from outside line)

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