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Career Grade / Lead Clinical Scientist

Job Reference: 317-2022-02-19-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Radiotherapy Physics - FH
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

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Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Do you have a passion for advanced treatment planning techniques? Are you looking for an exciting new challenge in the new year? Are you a talented and energetic clinical scientist ready to step up to the next stage in your career? If so, we have an exciting new position in the advanced treatment planning section of the radiotherapy physics team at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care which would be a good fit for you!

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about pushing the boundaries of conventional treatment planning techniques and keen to be involved in specialised services such as SRS, SABR and TomoTherapy. Prior experience of stereotactic treatment planning would be beneficial but is not essential, as long as you can show a demonstrable interest in technical treatment planning and finding innovative solutions to complex patient cases.

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. Our range of advanced treatment methods including SRS, SABR, VMAT, IMRT, motion management, TBI and TSEI on our state of the art fleet of Varian and Tomotherapy units and we have a strong and developing brachytherapy service. We were the first centre in the UK to treat multiple metastases using the Brainlab Elements software and are currently expanding our range of stereotactic treatments into head and neck re-irradiation and cardiac SABR for ventricular tachycardia.

NCCC is a reference site for stereotactic treatments using Brainlab kit and Varian verification, and we have an excellent culture of clinical trials involvement. We have a strong teaching pedigree linked with Newcastle University delivering the national STP Medical Physics MSc training, oncologist FRCR teaching and local STP, Route-2 physicist and apprenticeship training, which you will be keen to make a major contribution to.

As the successful candidate you will play a major role in the radiotherapy physics stereotactic service delivery 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 appointable as an MPE you will be expected to work towards MPE registration. You will be able to show that you can provide clinical, scientific and technical advice to a wide range of other professions including clinical, technical and managerial staff both within and outside of NCCC.

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.

Applications are welcome from experienced registered clinical scientists.

If you have experience of planning, imaging and quality assurance of advanced treatment techniques and evidence of research and development skills please contact Chris Walker, Head of Radiotherapy Physics on 0191 2448729 (email or Judith Mott, Consultant Clinical Scientist 0191 2139222 (email

Full time 37 hours 30 minutes/week

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