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Radiographer/Clinical Technologist

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Radiographer/Clinical Technologist
Grade
5
Contract
Fixed term: 12 months
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
318-22-R9451
Site
Trustwide
Town
Gloucestershire
Salary
£25,655 - £31,534 pa
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
Today at 23:59

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.

 

Job overview

During the restructuring of the department an opportunity has arisen for a fixed term Band 5 Radiographer/Clinical Technologist to join the existing Nuclear Medicine team of 15 WTE staff. This is an interesting and varied role providing support to the day-to-day operations of the Nuclear Medicine imaging departments and to the Radiopharmacy.

There are currently three gamma cameras, two with SPECT CT capability, that are operated across the two main Trust sites, Cheltenham and Gloucester. With the next year the Gloucester gamma camera and department are going to be upgraded. There is an in-house Radiopharmacy used for the daily manufacture of radiopharmaceuticals, which is operated jointly with the Pharmacy department, and we also carry out Nuclear Medicine Therapies. This post will require flexibility while Gloucester is being upgraded.  There will be a need to travel between the two sites. 

This is an exciting time to join the department as we are getting the first of 2 new gamma cameras.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join the team and support the existing staff with the diagnostic imaging service and the Radiopharmacy. Applications are welcomed from candidates with a Nuclear Medicine or Medical Physics background who possess good interpersonal and communication skills.

Working for our organisation

Nuclear Medicine is one of four departments within the Medical Physics department and there are strong links and support provided by the other Heads of Department and their respective staff. The Medical Physics Department is a strong advocate for staff training and development and is an accredited training centre for the NSHCS STP & HSST training schemes as well as the IPEM Clinical Technologist training scheme.
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust is a successful Trust committed to improving patient services providing Best Care for Everyone. We can offer accommodation for newly appointed staff and Gloucestershire is a pleasant place to live with easy access to the lively towns of Cheltenham and Gloucester, the Cotswold countryside, South Wales and good travel links to other parts of the UK.
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK.  We offer a generous annual leave allowance, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

1.  JOB PURPOSE
To undertake a wide range of routine diagnostic imaging carried out in Nuclear Medicine and take part in the Radiopharmacy dispensing rota.

2. ORGANISATION CHART
See attached file.

3. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
The post holder must be qualified to HNC level in a relevant science subject, or a qualified Radiographer. Specialist knowledge is acquired through short courses and updates.
For Clinical Technologists, after a 3-year qualifying time and completion of a Portfolio, they should be eligible for inclusion on the Voluntary Register of Clinical Technologists. Technical/Incorporated Membership of the IPEM is desirable.

They must also have:

Good team working skills.
Ability to work on own initiative within competencies achieved.
Good keyboard skills for the manipulation of images.
Manual dexterity.
Detailed evidence of ongoing professional development by maintaining a portfolio.


4. KEY RESULT AREAS 
1. Develop understanding of the scientific and clinical aspects of the studies undertaken in Nuclear Medicine and the need to comply with statutory regulations. Follow departmental local rules covering the safe use of radiation. Carry out studies based on standard protocols (under adequate supervision) but using acquired skill and judgement to obtain optimum diagnostic information.

Operate the gamma cameras, associated computing systems and other equipment to acquire static, dynamic, gated and SPECT studies.  Process and present data from scans to consultant radiologists for reporting, Where needed pointing out any abnormalities that may affect the outcome.

2. Take part in the radiopharmacy dispensing & packing rota, using appropriate radiation protection methods and aseptic techniques (usually 4 days per month.). 

3. Calculate and draw up individual patient radiopharmaceutical doses in accordance with ARSAC DRLs, using appropriate radiation protection methods (several times every day). Cross check doses drawn up by colleagues.

4. After suitable training and a period of supervision, undertake intravenous injections of radiopharmaceuticals. 

5.  Provide all aspects of care to patients of all ages while they are in the department, particularly to reduce radioactive contamination from body fluids. Provide general advice and reassurance to patients and their relatives or carers, with particular regard to the use of radiation in diagnosis. Arrange appropriate nursing supervision for the care of seriously ill patients.

6. Participate in departmental administration including:
Use of the Trak, EPR, PAS and CRIS systems, 
Liase with consultant radiologists in respect of routine patient requests,
Keep stock records and order supplies of consumables as required,
Observe the confidentiality of patient records and other information at all times.

7. Carry out and record daily contamination surveys and monitor waste from short-lived radioisotopes prior to disposal to comply with IRR 17 regulations and EPA.

8. Demonstrate and explain techniques to students and staff from other disciplines.

5. COMMUNICATIONS AND WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
Must possess good interpersonal and communication skills as the post-holder will have daily contact with patients and carers, in person and on the telephone and working relationships with a wide variety of staff, including physicists, all radiology personnel, medical staff, nurses, healthcare professionals, pharmacy QC staff, & support staff.
 
Well-developed skills required to communicate with, reassure and gain co-operation of patients & relatives in circumstances where they may be worried, distressed or confused. Adequate patient co-operation is essential in order to obtain diagnostic information. Difficulties in communication may be experienced due to language differences, age, mental illness or infirmity.


6. MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THE JOB 
Balancing the different demands of the department workload.
Dealing with unsettled or seriously ill patients.


7. PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORKING CONDITIONS 
Required to use VDU equipment daily for much of the time.
Occupational exposure to radiation from unsealed radioactive sources and possible contamination from spillage and radioactive bodily fluids. Work is organised to keep the dose to staff and the public as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).
Frequent exposure to bodily fluids e.g., blood, urine etc, infection risks (e.g. MRSA, hepatitis). Occasional exposure to abusive patients and relatives.
The post-holder is required to position & manoeuvre patients and equipment on a daily basis, often in confined spaces. Patients may be ambulant; wheelchair bound; or on a stretcher or bed.  Transfer to an imaging couch is necessary.  Movement of wheelchairs/stretchers/beds over short distances required (few metres).
Manual handling of radioactive Tc generator (16Kg) into an out of an isolator cabinet in the Radiopharmacy into its lead shielding in confined spaces. (3-4 times per week).
Frequent standing in a restricted position with maintained posture for periods of 15-20 minutes

Person specification

Qualifications

Desirable criteria
  • Qualified radiographer or clinical technologist
  • HCPC registration for Radiographers of Voluntary Registration for Clinical Technologist
  • IPEM membership

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Work Experience to achieve qualification

Knowledge/Skills

Desirable criteria
  • Team working skills
  • IT skills
  • Evidence of ongoing Professional Development

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Janelle Reyes-Goddard
Job title
Head of Nuclear Medicine
Email address
janelle.reyes-goddard@nhs.net
Telephone number
03004226825