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Clinical Scientist (Nuclear Medicine MPE and Deputy NM Physics Lead)

Band 8b

Main area
Clinical Support
Grade
Band 8b
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
188-OTH2016
Site
Southampton General Hospital
Town
Southampton
Salary
£53,168 - £62,001 pa
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
20/04/2021 23:59
Interview date
29/04/2021

Job overview

We have a unique opportunity for a permanent Band 8B Clinical Scientist in Nuclear Medicine Physics at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). We are looking for a dynamic and ambitious scientist to act as a Deputy Lead and Medical Physics Expert in our growing Nuclear Medicine Physics team.

ABOUT THE TEAM

The successful candidate will work as a member of a friendly team of clinical scientists responsible for the medical physics provision of work with unsealed radioactive substances, primarily at UHS, and on occasion support outside centres.

Southampton has an Imaging Infrastructure Support Service partnership with Siemens Healthcare, which saw over a 130 imaging systems replaced and our radiology services expanded. For molecular imaging, two new SPECT/CT systems were recently put in operation in the Nuclear Medicine Department. PET/CT services are provided on site by Alliance Medical with MPE and RPA support from UHS Medical Physics.

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

WHAT YOU’LL DO

You will help lead, support and develop our clinical services, particularly our expanding Molecular Radiotherapy (MRT) service and also to contribute to the group’s growing involvement in diagnostic and molecular radiotherapy research. This new role is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to help deliver and develop Nuclear Medicine services at Southampton and the surrounding areas.

We offer the successful candidate flexible working hours, with the potential for a mixture of on-site and remote working. We provide ongoing development opportunities with involvement in research, academic and clinical teaching and supervision, encouraging continuous professional development.

The clinical services we support provide a wide range of diagnostic imaging and non-imaging procedures. We also support a range of radionuclide therapies in outpatient or inpatient basis and we are a European Neuroendocrine Tumours Centre of Excellence.

In addition to our imaging facilities, Southampton also recently invested in a new radiopharmacy facility, which serves multiple regional Nuclear Medicine departments and also holds a Manufacturer’s Authorisation for Investigational Medicinal Products from the MHRA. These facilities, and the expertise of the radiopharmacy group, allow us to pursue a wide-range of clinical trial work, including the development and translation of novel radiotracers, currently focussed on neurological, respiratory and molecular radiotherapy. This is an excellent opportunity to join a collaborative group of clinical scientists with strong links to the University of Southampton.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

You must be State Registered Clinical Scientist and ideally certified Medical Physics Expert for Nuclear Medicine physics services. You’ll be committed in wanting to help lead development of both clinical services and that of our growing team. It is anticipated that you will have in depth knowledge of current practice in diagnostic and therapeutic Nuclear Medicine and experience of providing complex scientific advice. Experience of practical Radiation Protection and radionuclide therapy dosimetry are also essential. On occasion, you will be expected to travel between customers by car and ferry / plane.

Candidates expecting to obtain the required level of experience imminently (or with experience over and above that asked for) are invited and encouraged to get in touch to discuss their potential contribution and development within the team.

 

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Honours degree in physics or appropriate subject
  • Masters degree in Medical Physics, Medical Imaging or appropriate subject
  • HCPC Registered Clinical Scientist
  • RPA2000 Certified Medical Physics Expert for Nuclear Medicine
Desirable criteria
  • Corporate IPEM membership
  • Chartered Scientist (CSi)
  • PhD in a related field
  • Post-graduate research expertise in a related field
  • Certified RWA

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Work with ionising radiation
  • Used to working in multidisciplinary teams
  • MPE level experience in diagnostic Nuclear Medicine and PET applications
  • MPE level experience in Radionuclide Therapy and Dosimetry
  • Practical experience in Radiation Protection related to NM and PET
  • Specialist expertise to act as a Radiation Protection Superviso
  • In depth knowledge of legislation, national standards and professional guidance relevant to the duties of the post (IRR, IRMER including ARSAC, ERP)
  • Significant post registration experience in the field of Nuclear Medicine physics
Desirable criteria
  • Experience across a range of scientific disciplines/ technologies
  • Evidence of research collaboration
  • Experience in research project management
  • Specialist knowledge and experience in image analysis and processing

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Analytical skills for the highly complex analysis of patient studies and research and development data
  • Strong numerical and statistical skills. This includes the ability to use spreadsheets and statistics software packages
  • Presentation skills for producing scientific papers and reports
  • Oral and written presentation skills at local, national and international scientific meetings
  • Ability to show initiative and to think logically
  • Proficiency in operating a variety of medical image processing systems
Desirable criteria
  • IDL / Python proficient
  • Experience in Syngo.via and Symbia.Net environments

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and as an individual
  • Ability for prolonged concentration on taxing mental tasks
  • Ability to communicate and provide advice regarding highly complex issues requiring use of diplomacy, sensitivity, persuasion
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to relate to a broad range of professional disciplines
  • Able to cope with stressful environments, including meeting tight clinically-driven deadlines

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Some working outside of core hours is required
  • National and international scientific presentation and project meetings may necessitate overnight stays away from base
Desirable criteria
  • Car driver, with full driving licence, or ability to travel between hospital sites

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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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

Name
Dr Matthew Guy
Job title
Head of Imaging Physics
Email address
matthew.guy@uhs.nhs.uk
Telephone number
07796 446837

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