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Clinical Scientist (Radiotherapy Physics)

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Clinical Support
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£38,890 - £44,503 pro rata
Salary period
18/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We have a fantastic opportunity for a HCPC registered Clinical Scientist at the University Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).

You will join the friendly team of Scientists, Dosimetrists and Engineers in the Radiotherapy Physics Team. The post holder will work in all areas of radiotherapy physics to both support and develop the service.

The main department is equipped with six Elekta linacs, 2 with Exactrac imaging to support our stereotactic services, 1 further linac is based at Basingstoke site. The department delivers about 3500 new courses of external beam therapy per year and supports Intraoperative radiotherapy services using a mobile electron accelerator (Mobetron) at Southampton and Intrabeam system for breast IORT at Winchester. We provide a comprehensive brachytherapy service including Gynae and prostate HDR and a prostate seed service and have an active scientific computing team developing innovative workflow solutions. 


Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached. 

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Work will include complex treatment planning, including stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), QA and commissioning of Linear Accelerators and a wide range of Brachytherapy techniques. Dedicated time for research and development work will be given to support the many ongoing projects in the department.  Service development and innovation are at the core of our work and staff are encouraged to attend and present their work at National and International meetings. The department has a diverse, friendly workforce which actively engages in CPD such as monthly Journal Club and Departmental Seminars to share learning.

The post holder will also contribute to teaching and training.

The department is an accredited training department for Modernising Scientific Careers STP and HSST Programmes as well as IPEM training for Clinical technologists and route 2 for Clinical Scientists.

What we're looking for

We are looking for an HCPC registered Clinical Scientist with experience in Radiotherapy Physics.

You must be able to travel between our 2 sites at Southampton General Hospital and Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.

Flexible Working arrangements including a mix of onsite and home working are supported.

Pre-registration physicists on recognised training routes would be considered for appointment at Annex 21.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Friday, 23 April 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • BSc in Physics or Physical Science (or equivalent).
  • MSc in Medical Physics (or equivalent).
  • Formal training in Radiotherapy Physics to enable State Registration as a Clinical Scientist (or equiv)
Desirable criteria
  • Attained Corporate Membership of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.
  • Chartered Scientist
  • PhD


Essential criteria
  • Specialist knowledge of radiation 1. interactions 2. radiotherapy treatment planning, 3. radiotherapy quality control and 4. radiation dosimetry gained through degree and supplemented through CPD and short specialist courses, scientific meetings and in depth experience.
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experienced user of IT software packages.
  • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and disease processes
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience of managing a small team of staff
  • Experience of Advanced Treatment Planning and Dosimetry
  • Experience of training others

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Strong communication skills (written)
  • Awareness of recent developments in radiotherapy.
  • Strong mathematical skills, capable of analysing large amounts of data using modern software. (evidenced through relevant experience or project work)
  • Ability to communicate or present complex facts or data to a variety of audiences.
  • Writing skills for producing scientific reports/papers.
Desirable criteria
  • Author of reports and/or publications.

Personal qualities/ temperament

Essential criteria
  • Seeks to involve other’s skills and talents.
  • Ability to maintain performance under pressure of workload.
  • Positive attitude towards work.

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Able to travel between Basingstoke and Southampton to support both centres.
  • Able to travel to other centres both in the UK and overseas.
  • Ability to respond to changing demands, and work flexible/unsocial hours to cover the service.

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Outside interests

Desirable criteria
  • Any that demonstrate dexterity
  • Any that demonstrates an ability to work with others
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Applicant requirements

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Claire Birch
Job title
Head of Radiotherapy Physics
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