The Breast Imaging Unit, based within University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust’s (UHS) Women and Newborn Care Group has an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Governance and quality Assurance Lead Mammographer. This is a new approach to leadership for the department and will provide exciting challenges and opportunities to demonstrate innovation, leadership and strategic vision to support the Lead Superintendent.
Princess Anne Hospital (PAH) diagnostic imaging has demonstrated excellence in service delivery and an ability to recruit and train staff in services recognised nationally as ‘hard-to recruit’. If you believe you have the skills and qualities to ensure the current achievements are celebrated and maintained, whilst developing still further innovation in the approach to delivering ever increasing demands on our services, we would be delighted to hear from you. This role includes 50% clinical time to maintain service delivery and clinical ability.
The Breast Imaging Unit (BIU) provides imaging and diagnostic support for the Breast Surgery Service, and the Southampton and
Salisbury Breast Screening Service (SSBSS). The SSBSS provides routine screening for breast cancer on a 36 month round timeframe for around 36,000 women per year. This is provided on site at Princess Anne Hospital, as well as via 3 mobile screening units that travel between Mere and Hedge End.
Supporting the Lead Superintendent in the operational management of the service and provide leadership and management to staff together with the Lead Superintendent. Be the lead for Clinical governance and quality assurance processes. Maintain clinical practise, providing imaging examinations while adhering to all safety regulations and operating equipment effectively. Supervise and support junior staff with clinical activities, providing education and training as required.
The successful applicant would be a qualified diagnostic radiographer with a post graduate clinical qualification in mammography with experience in Clinical Governance ( Risk assessment & Audit processes) and departmental Quality assurance processes ( Health & Safety and QA) some managerial experience could be advantageous , full support will be given by the Lead Superintendent. Candidates need to be enthusiastic, motivated and caring with a desire to work within the challenging but rewarding specialism of Mammography. Applications from experienced Allied Health Professionals who are Specialist Radiographers in Mammography, but may not have extensive Clinical Governance or management experience but an interest, will be considered.
To undertake this role effectively and efficiently we are looking for a candidate with clinical competence and positive, strong leadership skills. An excellent communicator with the vision and drive to support the Lead Superintendent in taking these essential services forward in support of the NHS long term strategy and the UHS vision for the future.
This post will suit an individual who can lead changes in practice in line with current and upcoming strategy, guidelines and initiatives and promote the services. She will inspire confidence in colleagues and play a central role in ensuring that the PAH Breast Unit maintains standards of excellence for all stakeholders.
Please note that due to the sensitive nature of this post, only female applicants can be considered. This is in line with the defined exceptions in the Equality Act 2010, known as Genuine Occupational Requirements (GOQ).
All applicants must have valid UK HPC (Health Professions Council) registration and hold the postgraduate qualification (M level or equivalent) in Mammography. Post qualification experience in screening mammography and assessment is desirable but not essential.
As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.
As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.
UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.
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.
Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.
If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
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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Brigitte van der Merwe
Lead Superintendent Imaging PAH