This is an exciting opportunity for a hardworking, dedicated and talented registered clinical scientist with a number of years’ experience working as an MPE to become part of our nuclear medicine physics team at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT). You will join our friendly, collaborative and multidisciplinary team, providing support to several departments across the region. The role demands experience of independent working, excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to interact with a range of disciplines along with excellent patient communication.
The Nuclear Medicine service at MFT operates over three sites providing services for the populations ofManchester. Combined, the service covers 10 gamma camera (5 SPECT-CT) spread over 5 sites along with one PET-CT scanner, as well as providing non-imaging studies and therapeutic radioiodine treatments for benign disease. You will be part of a dedicated team of 6 physicists covering all sites. The physics team also provide scientific and regulatory support to the University of Manchester PET-MR scanner
The department has a very active research agenda, with work routinely presented at both national and international forums and is well known for its work in Nuclear Cardiology. The physics team are fully integrated with the clinical operation with excellent relationships with all staff groups.
Main duties of the job
This role will consist of a broad range of duties and responsibilities, covering areas such as routine quality control, radiation protection advice, MPE advice, protocol development and an active involvement in research projects. Whilst based on the Oxford Road campus, you will be required to work away from base at different sites across the region. The PET-CT service also operates an extended day and as such you be expected to participate in the extended day rota. The main duties of the role would be:
- To provide highly specialised scientific advice to consultant clinicians and other healthcare professionals, as a Medical Physics Expert (MPE) in Nuclear Medicine as defined in ionising radiation legislation.
- To be responsible for the physical, technical and radiation safety aspects of the Nuclear Medicine service.
- To be responsible for the day-to-day management of the work of trainee physicists and the protocols used by technical officers engaged in Nuclear Medicine.
- To solve highly complex scientific and technical problems as and when they arise.
- To support the Consultant Physicists in maintaining the standards of quality of service in scientific support to nuclear medicine and develop the quality management system of the department.
- To lead the therapy service within Nuclear Medicine, involving liaison with medical, technical, booking and scientific staff to ensure patients are booked and treated.
MFT is England’s largest NHS Trust with a turnover of & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We’re creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.
Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you’ll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.
We’ve also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive; our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we’ve launched in September 2022.
We’re proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What’s more, we’re excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.
At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.
24 April 2023
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£56,164 to £65,262 a year Additional pay for antisocial hours
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.
COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.
MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team
Were looking forward to hearing from you!
- A good Honours degree in physics and a further post-graduate degree
- Membership of professional organisation and/or Chartered Scientist
- Certified Medical Physics Expert (MPE)
- PhD desirable
- State Registration as a Clinical Scientist
- Substantial experience as a Medical Physicist in Nuclear Medicine operating as an MPE in both diagnostic and therapeutic settings
- Experience of hybrid imaging, both SPECT-CT and PET-CT
- Specification and commissioning of nuclear medicine imaging facilities
- Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals
- Must be able to communicate extremely advanced, complex and technical information to different levels of staff and to members of the public.
- Must be able to work calmly and efficiently in a busy environment.
Knowledge and technical skills
- Must have thorough knowledge of Radiation Protection, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Physics, both theory and practice.
- Must have a broad understanding of the range of applications of medical physics and medical imaging
- Must be able to manipulate radioactive substances with care and precision.
- Must be able to operate sensitive radiation detection and imaging equipment with care and precision.
- A good understanding of the principles and practical use of CT applicable to Nuclear Medicine
- Knowledge of quality management frameworks and systems
- Must initiate and guide changes in policy and procedures in order to secure best practice.
- Ability to work carefully and efficiently.
- Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
- Concern for the well-being of patients and a commitment to work for the aims of the department and the institution.
- Must have ability to plan complex projects involving multi-disciplinary work, and have a flair for organisation.
- Must be able to work flexibly across different sites and extended days
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .
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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
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