Therapeutic Radiographer - Treatment Section Lead
Guy’s and St Thomas’ is among the UK’s busiest and most successful NHS foundation trusts. We provide a full range of hospital and community services for people in south London and as well as specialist care for patients from further afield including cancer, renal, orthopaedic, respiratory and cardiovascular services.
Guy’s is home to the largest dental school in Europe and a £160 million Cancer Centre opened in 2016. As part of our commitment to provide care closer to home, in 2017 we also opened a cancer centre and a kidney treatment centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup. St Thomas’ has one of the largest critical care units in the UK and one of the busiest emergency departments in London. It is also home to Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
Evelina London cares for local children in Lambeth and Southwark and provides specialist services across south east England including cardiac, renal and critical care services. We lead a number of specialist service networks aiming to ensure children are treated locally where possible, but have access to specialist expertise when they need it. Our community services include health visiting, school nursing and support for families of children with long-term conditions. The Duchess of Cambridge became the Patron of Evelina London in 2018.
Our adult community services teams deliver care at the heart of the local communities we serve, working in partnership with GPs, local authorities and other healthcare and voluntary sector organisations. Working with our partners in Lambeth and Southwark, we are focusing on new ways of working to improve care for local patients.
In February 2021 the Royal Brompton and Harefield joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, bringing together world-leading expertise in the care and research of heart and lung disease. Our merger provides a once in a generation opportunity to build a lasting, world-renowned heart and lung centre, providing the highest quality care for patients and conducting world-leading research.
We have a reputation for clinical excellence and high quality teaching and research. We are part of King’s Health Partners, one of eight accredited UK academic health sciences centres. In partnership with King’s College London we have dedicated clinical research facilities and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre.
Patients are at the heart of everything we do and we pride ourselves on ensuring the best possible patient experience as well as safe, high quality care. We are proud to have one of the lowest mortality rates in the NHS. Following a comprehensive Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection in 2019 we maintained our overall rating of ‘good’. Our adult community services achieved a rating of ‘outstanding’.
The commitment of our 22,000 staff is key to our success. We are one of the largest local employers and we aim to develop and support all our staff so they are able to deliver high quality, safe and efficient care. The 2019 NHS staff survey results show that we have one of the most engaged and motivated workforces in the NHS. We know this has a positive impact on the care provided to our patients.
We have one of the most ambitious capital investment programmes anywhere in the NHS.
Mandatory vaccination from 1st April 2022, there is a legal requirement for staff who have contact with patients and other service users in England to be fully vaccinated (received both doses of an MHRA approved vaccine) against COVID-19. If your role is covered by the regulations, you will be required to provide proof of your full vaccination status as part of your pre-employment checks prior to your start date.
The post holder will join our team of treatment section lead radiographers to supervise and manage our treatment delivery services and will report to the Operational Lead for Treatment.
As a treatment section lead you must also have outstanding communication, organisational and management skills to motivate and lead the treatment team and create an environment in which staff and students can develop their skills and reach their full potential.
This role will be based at the Cancer Centre at Guy's although there may be the occasional need to cover at the QMH Centre, Sidcup.
Main duties of the job
You will be a key contributor to core elements of the service such as Quality, Training, Audit, and Service Development.
You must have excellent technical skills in treatment delivery and image guidance to deliver highly complex patient centred services.
Effectively manage the junior radiography staff to ensure a safe and efficient delivery of the radiotherapy service.
Maintain high standards across a large multi-disciplinary team.
Working for our organisation
The Radiotherapy Service serves a catchment population of approximately 1.6 million and is the provider of radiotherapy for the six London boroughs – Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. The service also receives national referrals from St John’s Skin
Clinic, based at GSTFT, for patients requiring specialist skin radiotherapy; superficial treatment and Total Skin Electron Body radiotherapy (TSEBT). Equipped with eight state of the art Truebeam® linear accelerators and a Tomotherapy unit the department is fully equipped to offer
IG-IMRT as routine practise, as well as TBI and stereotactic body and intracranial treatment.
The service is delivered from three physical locations; Lambeth Wing at St Thomas’ Hospital, and from Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital and Guy’s Cancer at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, Kent. Low dose rate prostate brachytherapy is undertaken in theatre at Guy’s Hospital.
The department at Queen Marys Hospital (QMH), Sidcup houses two of the nine linear accelerators and one CT scanner, offering radiotherapy services to the local populations. Radiotherapy treatment planning is centralised from the Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital with remote network access from the QMH unit offering a complete paperless working environment.
The unit undertakes all routine radical and palliative external beam treatment as well as emergency treatment within the core hours of the service.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
Working within a team of treatment section lead radiographers, the post holder will be responsible for the day-to-day organisation of the treatment units (MV and Orthovoltage) in line with working practices as agreed by Head of Radiotherapy. They will be the Lead Specialist and Line Manager within their area.
This will involve working as a member of the treatment team and ensuring your team’s activities are structured throughout the day thus ensuring a safe, efficient and patient centred delivery of treatment.
The post holder will have the opportunity to take the lead for other key areas of the service to include Quality, Audit, Training, Complaints and Service Development Initiatives as appropriate.
The post holder will deputise for more Senior Staff as appropriate, both within the Trust and externally. This will include deputising on an agreed, rotational basis for the Operational Lead Radiographer in particular with regard to operational and departmental issues.
To organise the workload in the various areas and to take responsibility for training and supervising and appraising more junior Radiographers.
To be part of a large multi disciplinary team and to be involved in the total care of patients undergoing Radiotherapy treatment.
The post holder must be qualified to work as an Operator within Radiotherapy as defined by IR(ME)R.
NB The work for this post is physically demanding and therefore fitness and good health are essential.
The post holder will be primarily based at Guys Cancer Centre, though there may be a requirement on occasion to work at Guy’s Cancer at Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup.
Routine working practise for Guy’s Cancer Centre is Monday – Friday between the core hours of 7:45am-8pm with bank holiday and weekend working taking place as required in line with the department and service operational needs. Participation on the on-call rota is a requirement of
- BSc/PgDip/DCRT - therapeutic Radioraphy
- MSc Therapeutic Radiography
- HCPC registered
- Management/leadership Qualification
- Evidence of excellent organisational skills
- Evidence of motivational skills
- Evidence of problem solving and decision making
- Evidence of leadership skills
- Team Leader experience
- Wide range of clinical experience including advanced radiotherapy techniques
- Supervisory/teaching experience
- Complaints handling
- Evidence of Clinical audit
- Evidence of conducting staff appraisal
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
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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.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Matthew Adams
- Job title
- Operational Lead - Treatment
- Email address