Band 6 Macmillan Senior Therapeutic Radiographer
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
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Macmillan Senior Therapeutic Radiographer
This is a fabulous career development opportunity for new & existing Senior Radiographers to join an innovative, friendly organisation whilst experiencing all the benefits of working in a compassionate, aspirational, resourceful & excellent NHS Trust.
The Berkshire Cancer Centre at the RBFT provides fully CHKS accredited Radiotherapy treatment facilities across both its Reading & Bracknell health spaces, is currently equipped with two GE CT scanners, four Elekta Linear Accelerators, a superficial X-ray unit, & high dose Brachytherapy unit.
All treatment choices for patients are underpinned by the latest national guidance for radiotherapy services, including advanced treatments such as SABR, DIBH, VMAT & Adaptive radiotherapy.
Since 2020 the department has also been recognized as a 'Centre of excellence' for its innovative provision of Surface Guided Radiotherapy, in alliance with Vision RT.
Our diverse workforce of staff and learners all benefit from working with high quality equipment & optimum treatment techniques, whilst experiencing positive levels of clinical support & professional development in all aspects of their training & competence.
The CQC rated the care provided by the RBFT as Good. Our values: Compassionate, Aspirational, Resourceful, Excellent, reflect the type of Trust we aspire to be & you can join our talented staff to make this happen. We look forward to welcoming you on board!
Main duties of the job
The post holder for this Band 6 Macmillan Senior Therapeutic Radiographer role will be required to:
- Assist the Band 7 Radiographers in delivering innovative Radiotherapy services for a variety of tumour sites across the Reading and Bracknell department locations.
- Ensure that services delivered by the Radiotherapy department meet the highest professional and technical standards, as per CHKS guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.
- Achieve and maintain own competencies and skills within an agreed timescale.
- Lead a team of Radiographers in the absence of more senior staff.
- Uphold a patient-centred service whilst ensuring efficiency targets are met.
- Ensure that service provision achieves compliance with the corporate and clinical governance standards required of the Trust.
- Practice as an operator within Radiotherapy as defined by IR(ME)R.
- Participate in the on-call system within the department and work appropriate shifts to meet service needs.
- Participate in the training, supervision and assessment of students and learners on clinical placement at the Berkshire Cancer Centre.
- Be able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service. This may include working 37.5 hours per week between the hours of 7am and 8pm, and weekend working if required.
This post will also provide the following outstanding benefits for prospective candidates:
- A Relocation package of up to £2,000 for all eligible candidates.
- A 5% Recruitment and Retention allowance in addition to basic salary.
- A further 5% travel allowance for all staff rotations in our Satellite centre in Bracknell.
- Minimum £1,000 funding to support Masters level courses, study days or professional development (after completion of 6 month probationary period).
- Excellent leadership, mentoring and teaching opportunities.
- Career progression programmes and personalised coaching towards developing advanced and consultant practitioner status.
- Established Radiographer led services such as palliative care and on treatment reviews, with further expansion plans.
- Access to Macmillan's learning hub for all Macmillan Professionals.
- Access to a variety of ELearning content and educational resources.
- Opportunities to join service related projects and quality improvement initiatives within the department and at wider Trust level.
The vibrant area of Reading, Berkshire is the perfect place for anyone looking to relocate to a bustling yet family-friendly area within 30 minutes of the capital. The town is picturesquely located on the river Thames and is served by great road and rail links to London, Oxford and Southampton.
With excellent leisure and shopping facilities, and a thriving cultural scene, Reading is a wonderful place to live, work and settle. There are also fantastic facilities for families, including some of the best state and private schools in the UK, all conveniently located at a walking distance from the hospital itself.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- Manage a workload of patients undergoing radiotherapy ensuring the safe and competent use of radiation and the highest standard of patient care, ensuring all efficiency targets are met. To ensure the RTSM is made aware of any patients who breach activity targets.
- Provide advice regarding management of a range of complex radiotherapy related situations.
- Be competent in image verification to evaluate field placement and take any necessary action including re-planning if appropriate.
- Work closely with Band 7 treatment/planning staff, the medical physics team and the wider MDT to ensure that care, communication and service delivery are seamless.
- Develop, maintain and up-date written procedures for all areas of the area of work.
- Be responsible for ensuring all documented procedures pertaining to this work area are followed.
- Actively participate with the Band 7 team in the future development of their area of work, liaising with the wider Radiotherapy team as required.
- Complete departmental statistics for the area.
- In conjunction with the QA Radiographer, audit the practice of this work and make improvements as required discussing these with the departmental band 7 radiographers.
- Report incidents and faults to appropriate staff immediately. To ensure all machine faults are logged appropriately.
- Deputise for the Band 7 staff as required.
- Work in all areas of the department to maintain all round clinical knowledge and awareness.
- Liaise effectively with members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team, and the wider Hospital Trust as required ensuring that specialist knowledge is integrated into all aspects of patients care and management.
- Supervise and instruct new junior staff, identify training needs of existing junior staff, discussing these with more senior radiographers when necessary.
- Be fully involved with the training and assessing of students from the partner higher education institution, liaising with the lecturer/practitioner.
- Report any patient complaints or non-compliance in accordance with departmental/ Trust policy.
- Take steps to keep abreast of any advances in Radiotherapy and to attend courses as required.
- Deliver presentations as required on aspects of the daily work.
- Take an active role in own CPD.
- Carry out further duties as delegated by the Radiotherapy Services Manager or via the band 7 radiographers to ensure smooth running of the department.
- Work at both the main and satellite site as required.
- Hold valid and up-to-date registration with the HCPC and comply with HCPC guidelines in relation to professional issues, continuing professional development and competence.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of Trust policies and procedures and adopt these accordingly.
- Maintain a flexible approach and carry out and develop the role according to professional or service needs.
Education and Development
- Develop own skills and knowledge and participate in the education and training of others as appropriate.
- Comply with mandatory training and continuing professional development requirements.
- Be required to observe the provisions of, and adhere to, all of the Trusts policies and procedures.
The above indicates the main duties of the post, which may be revised and amended in the light of experience and development within the organisation. Any review will be undertaken in conjunction with the post holder.
Certificate of Sponsorship
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