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Senior Radiotherapy Physicist - Northumberland

Posted 3 December 2017 by RWB Global Limited Ended

Our client is a company formed by UK based and international cancer and healthcare specialists, with a world renowned Board demonstrating global experience in the field of oncology and life sciences.

With clear vision and available capital to build and operate state of the art Proton Therapy Cancer Centres in national and international markets, our client has partnered with class-leading providers, such as Philips and IBA, which will equip all the new centres to the highest specifications. Building upon the UK’s reputation for clinical excellence and through academic affiliations the Proton Beam Therapy centres will become hubs of excellence for advanced cancer treatment.

Cancer care in the UK will soon be transformed with the provision of Proton Beam Therapy treatment.

Patients will be able to take advantage of highly specialised treatment at the first three Proton Beam centres to be built in the UK - in Wales, Northumberland and Reading.

Our client has started the process to build the treatment centres to address the growing global demand for innovative cancer care.

In addition to High Energy Proton Beam Therapy, all of the centres will also offer a comprehensive cancer service offering diagnostics, chemotherapy and radiation therapy and will treat NHS patients, private patients under medical insurance and self-pay patients.

Job Role:

To join our expanding team, the purpose of the Senior Radiotherapy Physicist is to be a radiotherapy Medical Physics Expert (MPE), to be closely involved in radiotherapy treatments on site and at other client sites as necessary. Together with the other Senior Physicists on site, responsibility lies for all radiotherapy on site, including:

  • Dosimetry, calibration and QA of the linac and proton machine and associated equipment

  • Managing maintenance of the linac and proton machine and associated equipment carried out by the manufacturers’ engineers

  • Scientific and technical responsibility for radiotherapy treatment planning and patient dosimetry on site

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Being one of the radiotherapy Medical Physics Experts (MPE) on site who are specifically involved as an MPE in any plan/treatment on site which is unusual or varies from standard policy/procedure, or fully aware of such situations where an MPE from another site has been involved; and if involved in such a situation for another site responsible to fully inform an MPE on that site.

Together with the other Senior Physicists on site:

  • Responsible for training and reviewing skills of all clinical staff on site in radiotherapy treatment machine QA and dosimetry, machine maintenance tasks, patient dosimetry, treatment planning and checking, and ensuring that up to date training records for these categories are in place for all staff,

  • Responsible for calibration of the linac and proton machine on site traceable to NPL standards

  • Responsible for calibration of all dosimetry equipment on site

  • Responsible to carry out (or review when carried out by other staff, e.g. radiographers, dosimetrists, technologists), radiotherapy QA on site including:

    • Daily and weekly QA (usually carried out by radiographers),

    • All other linac QA, scheduled or unscheduled, including IMRT patient specific QA,

    • Radiotherapy related QA on patient imaging equipment (CT, MR, IGRT etc),

  • Liaise with, and assistance to, manufacturers’ engineers in the event of any machine or equipment down-time or failure, over the telephone and in person, including out of hours working as necessary

  • Keep up to date and thorough records of all machine and equipment QA, down-time, issues, maintenance and FCOs

  • Keep the Lead Radiographer informed of potential problems affecting service delivery due to equipment and dosimetry related issues

  • Scientific and technical responsibility for patient dosimetry and treatment planning on site, including data and software

  • Oversight of all staff on site carrying out patient dosimetry and treatment planning, ensuring that all policies and procedures are adhered to and staff are competent in these areas

  • Carry out patient dosimetry and planning and plan-checking as required to support the dosimetrists on-site and to support treatment planning on other sites

  • Work with the RPS to ensure all radiation protection requirements are met and good practices followed on site

  • Work as part of the physics and dosimetry team and contributing to the on-going improvement and continuous development of the physics and dosimetry service across the organisation

    Flexible working, including:

  • Some travel to attend meetings and training and to work in other centres, and

  • Working some of the contractual hours outside of 9am-5pm or at weekends as necessary to fulfil the role, and to ensure that breakdowns or crises are resolved with minimum impact to service and treatment,

  • Maintain own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in accordance with company and professional standards,

  • Maintain own registration with the HCPC, and inform line manager and Deputy Head of Physics should registration lapse

Required skills

  • Medical Physics
  • Oncology
  • Radiation
  • Clinical Excellence
  • Treatment planning

Reference: 33017195

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