Band 8A Macmillan Pre-Treatment Lead Radiographer
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
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Band 8A Macmillan Pre-Treatment Lead Radiographer
This is a fabulous career development opportunity to join an innovative, friendly organisation whilst experiencing all the benefits of working in a compassionate, aspirational, resourceful and excellent NHS Trust.
This exciting new post offers the following outstanding benefits for prospective candidates:
- A Relocation package of up to £2,000 for all eligible candidates.
- A 5% travel allowance for all staff rotations in our Satellite centre in Bracknell.
- Minimum £1000 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.
- Access to Macmillan's learning hub for all Macmillan Professionals.
- Opportunities to join service related projects and quality improvement initiatives within the department and at wider Trust level.
Main duties of the job
The successful candidate for this new role will be responsible for implementing and developing pre-treatment services across both our Reading and Bracknell sites, whilst demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills and high levels of motivation.
Key highlights will also include the leadership and coordination of service developments, in line with our departmental vision and NHSE Strategy.
As an expert practitioner, the new post-holder will competently strengthen and develop great close working relationships with the lead technical and development Radiographer and other members of the wider oncology multi-disciplinary team.
The effective delivery of training and education for all staff groups will also be a requirement of the role, ensuring all service improvements are delivered efficiently and within budget where appropriate.
We continue to strive towards expanding our Radiotherapy services, and providing state of the art care and treatment facilities for all our cancer patients.
We look forward to welcoming prospective candidates on this amazing journey of transformation, and wish you all the success in your application to join the wonderful team at the Berkshire Cancer Centre.
The Berkshire Cancer Centre at the RBFT delivers Radiotherapy treatment facilities across both its Reading and Bracknell health spaces, The organisation also prides itself in being fully CHKS accredited, providing credible and independent recognition of its commitment to quality improvement for all cancer patients.
Our clinical services are currently equipped with two GE CT scanners, four Elekta Linear Accelerators, a superficial X-ray unit, and a high dose Brachytherapy unit. There are also exciting plans in progress for an equipment replacement over the next two years, dependent on capital funding.
Currently all radiation treatment choices for our patients are underpinned by the latest national guidance for radiotherapy services, including advanced treatments such as SABR, DIBH, VMAT and 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 and optimum treatment techniques, whilst experiencing positive levels of clinical support and professional development in all aspects of their training and competence.
The Band 8A Macmillan Pre-Treatment Lead Radiographer will be required to:
- Lead and take overall responsibility for the pre-treatment team, managing day to day workload across both Reading and Bracknell sites as required. This will include working clinically undertaking CT imaging, Treatment planning and other clinical duties associated with the pre-treatment section.
- Act as an expert practitioner within the Pre-treatment section of the Radiotherapy Department.
- Provide expert advice on all new developments to the wider MDT.
- Initiate strategic technical developments within the pre-treatment section, working with the wider MDT to maintain continuous service improvement in line with best practice, the departmental plan via RTIG and strategic objectives.
- Work alongside the Technical lead staff to ensure that local Radiotherapy technical strategy reflects national recommendations and best practice.
- Write, review and develop written protocols for any new service developments.
- Lead the education and training of other healthcare professionals in relation to new technologies within radiotherapy.
- Work in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team.
- Carry out audit and research in radiotherapy and contribute to related areas to ensure best practice is followed and implemented within the department.
- Promote the role by publishing innovations and research in journals, and by presenting findings and developments at conferences.
- Be qualified to act as an operator in Radiotherapy as defined by IRMER.
- Participate in on call services where required.
- Work flexible hours to meet the needs of the service including weekends as required.
- Participate in the band 8 early and late cover rota as required.
- Work according to Macmillan patient outcomes, and the latest guidance and framework developed for Macmillan Allied Healthcare Professionals.
Expert Clinical Practice
- Practice at an expert level providing expert care for patients undergoing radiotherapy focusing on the planning phase of the patients journey/pathway.
- Maintain the highest professional and technical standards of radiotherapy by working clinically within the pre-treatment section.
- Maintain clinical competencies for all tasks associated with the Pre-treatment area.
- Provide expert clinical advice to the MDT where required.
- Act as an expert resource by applying a critical and analytical approach to all pre-treatment procedures. To evaluate the options and take appropriate action to ensure the patient receives accurate and reproducible treatment.
- Liaise and work alongside medical staff, medical physicists and other healthcare professionals to develop and implement new techniques, technologies and other evidence based approaches to care ensuring that national recommendations and guidelines are incorporated.
- Provide expert advice and support to the radiotherapy department including supporting and resolving problems and concerns associated with Radiotherapy treatment.
- Continually monitor, audit and evaluate clinical practice of self and others.
- Take individual professional responsibility for the accurate, highly complex planning of radiation treatments to radiotherapy patients ensuring that the requirements of IR(ME)R and Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 (IRR99) are met.
- Responsible and accountable for own actions in accordance with the Radiographers Professional Code of Conduct. To have knowledge and adherence to Health & Safety Regulations. Use professional knowledge and experience to support the safe and efficient operation of the working area.
- Communicate regularly and appropriately with staff across radiotherapy to ensure that day to day service delivery across the pre-treatment section is efficient and consistent.
- Communicate with the Radiotherapy Service Manager, Operational Manager, & Treatment Leads to ensure that the service delivery and strategic elements of the service are seamless.
- Communicate with patients and carers concerning the planning for their treatment and care especially in own specialist area, addressing any concerns in a sensitive manner.
- Communicate with other stakeholders across the Trust including nursing staff, and chemotherapy staff to ensure that the patient pathway is seamless.
- Communicate with medical staff to manage operational issues across the pre-treatment section and to have advanced communication skills.
- Ensure effective communication with Radiotherapy staff and other stakeholders in other departments within the external Cancer network is maintained, as required, to enable effective coordination of patient care across the pathway.
Analytical and Judgement Skills
- Use analytical skills to plan the day to day activity levels for any new service implementations.
- Use knowledge and skills to propose, develop and implement service developments across the service, especially within own specialist area.
- Provide expert technical advice utilising skills and experience across the pre-treatment service.
- Use clinical judgement to assess any patient co-morbidities/physical challenges that may affect their pre-treatment planning and their management.
- Undertake the daily quality assurance checks for the CT scanner, as required and interpret the results. Escalate any issues to the engineering team.
- Regularly audit and assess CT imaging doses to ensure they are in line with the ALARA principles.
Planning and Organisational Skills
- Suggest, plan and implement service developments across the service, especially in own specialist area liaising with the lead treatment Radiographer and the wider MDT.
- Organise an efficient pathway for new service developments across the treatment and pre-treatment service, liaising with the treatment lead and ensuring that patients are planned and treated in a timely manner.
- Contribute to business planning within the BCC.
- Liaise with the Radiotherapy Engineers and Radiotherapy Physicists to schedule the CT scanner planned maintenance and quality assurance checks.
- Keyboard skills required to operate treatment systems and other software programmes.
- Venepuncture competencies to administer contrast to patients as required for optimising CT scan images.
Responsibility for Patient and Client Care
- Responsible for the provision of high standards of patient care within Radiotherapy pre-treatment area.
- Ensure that all staff are correctly trained to provide high standards of patient care across the service.
- With the senior radiotherapy team, address any PALS issues raised across the radiotherapy service, investigating and resolving where possible.
- Provide direct patient care in Radiotherapy pre-treatment specialist area.
Responsibility for Financial and Physical Resources
- Responsible for ensuring that equipment used across the service is maintained and that any faults are reported.
Responsibility for Human Resources
- Develop and support staff to ensure that development and support is in place across the staff groups within specialist area.
- Provide leadership and technical advice for all staff within radiotherapy and wider MDT.
- Participate in the recruitment of staff and annual appraisal for direct reports.
- Investigate and act on any issues, taking appropriate management action for direct reports in line with the relevant policy, escalating to the Radiotherapy Operational Manager and RTSM as appropriate.
Responsibility for Information Resources
- Keep own records according to Trust policies.
- Utilise IT systems to ensure the management of radiotherapy patients bookings across the service meets both local and national treatment targets.
- Undertake patient treatment planning using Radiotherapy planning software.
Responsibility for Research and Development
- Promote evidence based practice at all times.
- Lead and implement research activities in technique development, as required, within the radiotherapy setting to ensure continued practice development and the needs of the service are met.
- Disseminate research findings in the form of publications, posters and presentations.
- To agree and co-ordinate relevant audit programmes with key health care professionals and lead on their implementation.
- To be involved in the development of the Pre-treatment services including the scoping of future techniques which may include involvement in the writing of business cases.
- Work in conjunction with the Clinical Oncologists in providing a seamless service to Patients with cancer.
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.
Please refer to the attached Job Description & Person Specification for further details.
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