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Radiotherapy Physics
Grade
Band 7
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
359-CH7490
Employer
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
Maidstone Hospital
Town
Maidstone
Salary
£37,570 - £43,772 pa pro rata
Closing
29/08/2019 23:59

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Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust logo

Clinical Scientist (Radiotherapy Physics)

Band 7

 

As one of the largest radiotherapy departments in England, the Kent Oncology Centre provides specialist cancer services to those living in Kent, Medway and parts of East Sussex through its centres in Maidstone and Canterbury.

KOC currently has nine Varian linear accelerators across the two sites (all Varian including five TrueBeam), dedicated CT-Simulators on each site, Varian HDR Gamma-Med Plus iX and Prostate Seed Brachytherapy facilities at Maidstone and access to MRI and PET-CT imaging. We have Pinnacle, Eclipse, Varian Brachy TPS and Variseed for treatment planning and ARIA networked across the two sites.

We have a position available for a full-time permanent Radiotherapy Physicist at our Maidstone site. We are looking for a suitably qualified individual with HCPC Registration as a Clinical Scientist.

We will also consider applications from trainee clinical scientists who are within one year of obtaining HCPC registration or experienced applicants from overseas who are eligible to obtain registration within a year of appointment. Initial appointment would be subject to an amended job description and salary band.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to develop your skills and progress your career. KOC is committed to training and developing staff skills and there will be ample opportunity to gain practical experience in all areas of Radiotherapy Physics. We offer full support to trainee clinical scientists undertaking STP or Route 2 to HCPC Registration as Clinical Scientists and to more experienced staff undertaking Higher Specialist Scientist Training.

We are currently undertaking a program of equipment replacement with the fifth of our Varian TrueBeam machines currently being commissioned. We also have ambitious plans for expansion with new bunkers to house further state of the art Radiotherapy Machines.

We are committed to introducing the latest techniques as well as the latest equipment: current areas of development include expansion of the IMRT service, expansion of IGRT, Deep Inspiration Breath-hold, SABR, Adaptive Radiotherapy and HDR Prostate Boost. KOC actively participates in clinical trials. You will be encouraged to play a role in one of the multi-disciplinary groups which implement service developments and introduce new techniques.

You will be encouraged to participate in national meetings and the writing of scientific papers and posters. Opportunities also exist for individuals to pursue a part time PhD with dedicated time allocated from the normal working week.

We are an enthusiastic, friendly and sociable team of radiotherapy physicists, technologists and pre-treatment radiographers here in Kent. We can offer you flexible working hours and an active continuous professional development programme based around regular Medical Physics Seminars and Journal Club meetings.

Both Maidstone and Canterbury hospitals have a day nursery and staff car parking facilities. The county town of Maidstone and the university city of Canterbury offer beautiful river scenery, historic buildings and excellent shopping facilities, leisure centres, restaurants and nightlife together with good schools. Both Maidstone and Canterbury are within close proximity to the S.E coast, London and the Channel Tunnel.

The medical physics departments at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust recently formed the Kent Medical Physics Partnership, creating one of the largest medical physics organisations in the UK. The aim of the Partnership is to develop and improve the services that we provide to our users across Kent.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at enhanced level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children)

As an inclusive employer, we are committed to having a diverse workforce and being a Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Committed Employer we are working to create a workplace that enables all staff to reach their full potential.  We, therefore, encourage applications from BME people, LGBT+ people and people with disabilities.

Closing Date: Thursday 29th August 2019 

Interviews: Thursday 12th September 2019 

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must 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) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For further information or to make an appointment to visit the department, please contact Mark Fleckney, Head of Radiotherapy Physics (email: mark.fleckney@nhs.net or telephone 01622 227023 or 01227 766877 ext 7225146) or Roxanne Potts, Deputy Head of Radiotherapy Physics (email: roxanne.potts@nhs.net or telephone 01622 225030 or 01227 766877 ext 7225305).