Head of Brachytherapy Physics
Thank you for your interest in working for Velindre Cancer Centre (VCC), which is a committed equal opportunities employer. VCC welcomes applications from people who share our vision;
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& who will complement our current experienced and specialist employees who are passionate about working in an organisation with the ambition to provide world class services & care to our patients.
VCC is an amazing place to work & develop your career. It is undertaking a 5 year transformation programme which will enable cancer services to meet the future needs of our patients across South East Wales. Not only will programme see VCC moving into a new purpose built cancer hospital, it will provide opportunities for patients to receive treatments closer to their homes. The infrastructure changes will offer our employees opportunities to work across a number of sites, in new and different ways, create development opportunities & increase flexible working practices.
VCC provides our employees with a favourable salary and reward / staff benefits & support package.
For more information on this vacancy please contact the recruiting manager, who will be pleased to discuss it with you.
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Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.
Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff is looking to recruit an experienced Clinical Scientist to lead the Brachytherapy service.
The Radiotherapy Service at Velindre Cancer Centre is undergoing significant transformation, which will continue for several years. A current procurement exercise will complete in 2021, which will begin a replacement programme of all treatment devices, Oncology Information Systems and Treatment Planning Systems. Major milestones over the next few years are
- Two treatment devices to be replaced at the existing cancer centre in 2022,
- An extension of the service to a Satellite Radiotherapy Centre at Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny in 2023. This will consist of two treatment devices, a CT-SIM and Treatment Planning, Machine Maintenance and Dosimetry services.
- The opening of a brand new cancer centre near to the current site in 2025. This centre will consist of 8 new Megavoltage treatment devices, a superficial unit and all new Brachytherapy equipment together with all services related to delivering a modern state of the art service.
During the period, management of radiotherapy will transfer to a single OIS, the TPS will be replaced and patient dosimetry systems will be further developed.
The post holder will be required to participate in the leadership of the department in the commissioning and implementation of the new equipment, developing new, efficient and novel workflows whilst ensuring the existing clinical service continues to deliver high quality services.
Currently Radiotherapy is delivered using 4 Elekta Synergy linear accelerators equipped with Agility MLCs and CBCT, 2 Varian TrueBEAM accelerators with high definition MLCs, ExacTRAC and CBCT imaging, a Varian Trilogy accelerator with CBCT and a Varian 2100C accelerator. A range of external beam services are delivered including the full range of SABR sites, Cranial SRS for malignant and benign indications and Total Body Irradiation. Brachytherapy is delivered using an Elekta Flexitron afterloader and Superficial lesions are treated with XStrahl Kilovoltage unit. Treatment planning is provided using the RayStation RaySearch TPS for SABR and conventional external beam radiotherapy, BrainLAB iPLAN for SRS and Elekta Oncentra for Brachytherapy. Treatments are managed using Aria (for Varian machines) and Mosaiq (for Elekta machines).
The department has links with Cardiff University with whom joint research projects are performed. Current research areas include methods of automation in organ delineation, plan optimisation and radiomics. It is anticipated that the research activity in Radiotherapy Physics will be strengthened as part of the expansion of the service over the next few years. The department is also a member of the Radiotherapy Trials Quality Assurance group (RTTQA) and performs radiotherapy trials QA for a number of national and international trials.
The department is part of the All-Wales training centre for STP and HSST training.
We are looking for a talented and motivated individual to join the department with sound scientific skills able to lead the department through the changes over the next few years. The post holder will be based at the Cardiff centres but will be expected to work at the Satellite Centre in Abergavenny (45 minute drive from Cardiff) when required.
South East Wales is an attractive place to live and work with the benefits afforded by a large city. In addition to the museums, castles and nearby historic sites there are several theatres, music and comedy venues within the Cardiff area. Additionally, top class Rugby, Football, Cricket and Ice Hockey venues are all hosted with an array of local sports teams at all levels, an international swimming centre, white water rafting and many Parkruns.
Outside of the city the Brecon Beacons national park, a half hours drive away offers many of the usual outward bounds activities as does the nearby coast for those with interests in surfing, sailing, paddle boarding or similar.
The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.
Informal chats and visits are encouraged for those considering the position
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Welsh language skills are not necessary
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
Tony Millin,Head of RT Physics