Clinical Scientist - Nuclear Medicine Physics
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
The closing date is 06 June 2023
The Radiation Physics group provides specialist clinical, scientific and radiation protection services to a wide variety of public and private organisations. The group provides training for STP and PTP trainees under the Modernising Scientific Careers scheme. The Nuclear Medicine Physics section provides support across a wide range of nuclear medicine services, including imaging, non-imaging, PET/CT and radionuclide therapies.
You will be a proactive physicist looking to make a difference in how nuclear medicine physics services are delivered locally and regionally. Promising candidates with relevant qualifications and who either have less experience or who are working towards registration are encouraged to apply as training and support will be available to help you develop to your true potential (subject to an amended job description and salary band), including support to complete STP training.
Main duties of the job
You will be the lead for the provision of support to the two static PET/CT services in Kent and will work across the Nuclear Medicine Physics services, providing support in SPECT/CT, non-imaging procedures and the radionuclide therapy services.
The Radiation Physics group is actively involved in clinical trials and scientific research. The group has, in recent years, won significant new contracts spanning the public and private sectors and this post is key to supporting these contracts.
We are able to offer you flexible working hours and continuous professional development within a supportive environment. The Radiation Physics group can offer opportunities to work in diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine, radiation protection (for diagnostic radiology, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine / PETCT) and non-ionising radiation. The department will support people wishing to start working towards or to maintain MPE / RPA / RWA / LPA certification.
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.
The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 500,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.
The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.
24 May 2023
Agenda for change
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata
At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.
Interview Date: TBC
- 1st or 2nd class Honours degree in a relevant subject, relevant MSc or higher degree.
- HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist or eligible for registration within an agree timeframe.
- Have UK MPE certification or be on the national list of MPEs under IR(ME)R2000 held by RPA2000
- Have or be working towards RPA certification
- Have or be working towards RWA certification
- Able to act as a Medical Physics Expert for nuclear medicine / PET.
- Broad knowledge of medical physics including radiation physics.
- Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear medicine and PETCT equipment (including design, calibration, performance and quality assurance), patient dosimetry, image processing and analysis techniques, the administration of sealed and unsealed radioactive substances, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and clinical practice.
- Knowledge of radiation protection and advanced level of understanding of patient and staff risks arising from ionising radiations.
- An understanding of the risks arising from radioactive sources and incorrect equipment calibration, misuse or failure.
- Knowledge of Data Protection and Freedom of Information legislation.
- Good fundamental computing skills.
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of radiopharmacy and related technologies.
- Theoretical and practical knowledge of scientific activities relating to health physics and imaging, especially CT scanners.
- Specialist knowledge of computing and image processing.
- Knowledge and experience of quality systems.
- Project management skills and experience
- oKnowledge of relevant legislation and regulatory requirements, national standards, professional and other guidelines, relating to the safe and proper use of radioactive materials, for example IRR, IR(ME)R, ISO 9001, RIDDOR, NAIR, EPR, Transport Regulations and COSHH.
- oAble to dispense radioactive materials into syringes and test phantoms and make accurate measurements using sophisticated test equipment.
- oAbility to communicate complex information effectively in oral, interpersonal and written forms to non-specialists at all levels including patients and their carers, clinicians, pharmacists, radiographers, nurses, physicists, technicians, receptionists, managers and IT staff.
- oAble to produce detailed written reports and present scientific papers at national and international conferences.
- oAble to overcome barriers to understanding and implementing change.
- oAble to use Excel Word etc to set up documents and spreadsheets and extract information.
- oAble to prioritise and manage own work and manage competing priorities.minute taking
- oAble to exercise own initiative when dealing with issues within own specialist area of competence
- oAble to train groups of other professional staff and supervise technical and trainees.
- oAble to concentrate when subjected to unpredictable working patterns, or for prolonged periods particularly when making extensive sets of measurements.
- oHighly developed problem solving skills.
- oAble to analyse highly complex and unpredictable situations and promote solutions in multi-disciplinary settings.
- oAble to deal with occasional distressing circumstances when dealing with patients in Nuclear Medicine or other persons
- Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice.
- Good negotiation and influencing or persuasion skills, able to gain acceptance and agreement in situations where change is needed
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
For questions about the job, contact:
Head of Nuclear Medicine Physics
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