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Radiology Department Assistant

Band 3

Main area
Band 3
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum
Salary period
19/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

Are you hard working, adaptable and quick to learn?  Do you have experience in a healthcare setting?  If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you. We are looking to recruit Radiology Department Assistants (RDAs) to join our fast paced Cross Sectional Imaging team within the Radiology Department at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).


The Cross Sectional Imaging department is a large and very busy department. We have 5 MRI scanners, 6 CT scanners and 2 Neuro- Interventional Angiography rooms. We also have 1 mobile CT scanner undertaking imaging for lung health check screening. 

We carry out CT and MRI scans for a wide variety of patients including out patients, in patients, trauma patients and from all age groups. Patients may have physical and / or learning disabilities, be unconscious, injured, traumatised, uncooperative, incapacitated, disorientated or be terminally ill.

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 alongside Radiographers, Doctors and other Healthcare professionals
  • Prepare patients for their CT and MR scans (including Radiation and MRI safety)
  • Provide aftercare for patients undergoing including CT and MRI guided interventional procedures such as biopsies
  • Cannulation
  • Maintain the working environment keeping it safe, stocked, tidy ensuring it meets a high standard of cleanliness.
  • Data entry and some admin tasks are required for maintaining patient records

The service operates 24 hour / 7 days per week including Bank Holidays and you will be required to work a variety of shifts to cover these opening hours.   The shifts vary in length and may be 7.5 hours, 9.375 hours or 12.5 hours long giving a 37.5 hour week on average.


  • Someone with a genuine interest in Healthcare
  • Previous Healthcare experience
  • Good communication skills and a caring and calm personality
  • Willing to be flexible about your shifts
  • Basic computer skills with good attention to detail


Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 27 April 2021

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

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NVQ 3 in Healthcare, with acute units corresponding to speciality (or equivalent)
Desirable criteria
  • Education to A level.
  • Basic Life support
  • Specific RDA training for CSI
  • Be willing to undertake extra (NVQ 3) acute units corresponding to specialty.


Essential criteria
  • Experience in a relevant care environment
Desirable criteria
  • Previous hospital experience
  • Knowledge of Computed Radiology Information System (CRIS)

Aptitudes and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Team player who can also work independently
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • To be able to support distressed patients and carers
  • Able to cope in distressing circumstances
Desirable criteria
  • Well organised and methodical
  • Previous experience of stock control

Special Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Able to deal with body fluids including blood and faeces
  • Able to work a variety of shifts to suit the needs of the patient and service.

Trust Values

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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Applicant requirements

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

Susan Maddocks
Job title
CT Superintendent Radiographer
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023 8120 5141

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