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Advanced Practice Imaging Practitioner - Radiotherapy

Job Description

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a 623-bed acute general hospital, predominantly serving the 272,000 people living in Poole, East Dorset and Purbeck. We are proud of the good reputation Poole Hospital enjoys within the local community, both as a provider of first-class health care services and as a major employer. We consistently feature within the top twenty per cent in both national patient and staff satisfaction surveys. Poole Hospital has also been voted as one of the top 100 hospitals to work for by the Nursing Times and was named the best hospital for patient experience in the 2010 Healthcare Excellence & Leadership Awards.

Poole isn't just a good place to work; it's also a great place to live. The town boasts a bustling quay, the best beaches in England and a stunning natural harbour. From Poole there is easy access to the Dorset countryside, renowned for its areas of outstanding natural beauty and the spectacular Jurassic Coast, ideal for sports and outdoor activities. Our town centre location means that we are conveniently situated for public transport. The bus and mainline train stations are both within easy walking distance, as are the Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole Park and high street shops.

‘Friendly professional, patient-centred care with dignity and respect for all’ (The Poole Approach)

Advanced Practice Imaging Lead - Radiotherapy

An opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Advanced Practice Imaging Lead in the radiotherapy department at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The radiotherapy team at Poole are motivated, enthusiastic and forward thinking in their approach to improving the quality of treatment for patients through innovation, a core set of values of care known as the “Poole Approach” and involvement research.

Poole Radiotherapy also has a clear dedication to service development having gained status as a Practice Development Unit from Bournemouth University with regards to our evidence based and patient focused development of services.

Poole uses a wide range of modern and advanced techniques such as 4DCT for lung cancer planning, Rapid Arc VMAT IMRT for treatment delivery for multiple treatment sites and an extensive use of online IGRT utilising 2D mV, 2D kV, CBCT and ultrasound with an MDT approach to offline image review.

We currently have 2 Varian Clinacs with OBI CBCT & IMRT/VMAT and 2 Elekta Linacs, 1 with XVI CBCT. We also have brachytherapy and orthovoltage treatment units and pre-treatment facilities which include a mould room, two wide bore CT’s and Prosoma virtual simulation software. Mosaiq as a patient management across both Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy system links all aspects of the patient pathway together.

Poole Radiotherapy Department has hosted international delegations, regularly attends and has presented at national meetings, and we support beta testing of new and advanced radiotherapy technologies for companies such as Elekta.

Despite the current challenges the NHS faces, Poole is currently experiencing a multi-million pound investment from charitable sources to expand and enrich its Radiotherapy and Oncology service. This investment is one of the largest the Radiotherapy department has had in recent years and includes supporting a new PET CT scanner with the optional extras and functionality for our department to use it for radiotherapy planning, a satellite unit in Dorchester with 2 new Varian Trubeam linacs with flattening filter free mode, upgrading our waiting rooms and office and buying a number of top of the range bladder scanners.

Further investment in the future has been acquired to increase the size of our advanced practice team to support research and technique implementation, invest in equipment to support the patient experience, invest in equipment to increase accuracy of our treatments and support a wide range of education and training opportunities.

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join our fantastic growing team as an advanced practitioner.

Being the lead specialist for on-treatment image acquisition & review, the successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of the principles and concepts underpinning the broad range of applications and techniques used in radiotherapy, with specific experience in imaging/verification systems processes and review.

The post holder will be responsible for leading our team of imaging practitioners, new imaging developments, protocols, training and communicating with the wider radiotherapy imaging network.

Joining Poole at this time will bring the post holder many opportunities due to our current investment, not only our current projects (PET CT, stereotactics, Online uses of CBCT etc) but also training courses and education.

The successful candidate should be highly motivated and have a passion for improving the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment delivery for patients through their expert knowledge and practical skills in a range of on-treatment imaging modalities and correction strategies.

The post holder would also gain membership of Poole’s Radiotherapy Strategy group having a direct and integral role to further developments of the directorate.

This post brings with it the potential to achieve quite significant advances in radiotherapy both locally but also at a national level.

Good communication and leadership skills will be required and the ability to work within and across professional boundaries for the benefit of the patient.

This is very much a hands-on role, so you will have plenty of opportunity to maintain and develop your clinical skills, as well as your project and service development skills. This would be support by having dedicated protected time away from the treatment machine.

The department is committed to continuing professional development and all staff have a personal development plan which is reviewed annually. It will be expected that the successful candidate will be willing to undertake MSc modules to advance their practice in line with service requirements.

The department works 4 long days per week of 99 hours, with a rolling day off each week. There is an on call service, and weekend working or shifts/extended days if the service requires.

Applicants must be educated to DCR(T) / BSc Hons or equivalent and be registered with the Health Professions Council and be educated to a masters level in a relevant subject.

If you would like further information about this post or would like to arrange an informal visit, please contact; Karen Bew (Head of Therapy Radiography) on  ( Phone number removed )  or email ( Email address removed )

Unless otherwise stated in the advert text, all applications for this post need to be made ONLINE. To apply for this position, please click “Apply Now” at the end of this advert and log in/register with this site as directed. Please ensure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification for this position carefully. Further guidance on applying for this vacancy can be found in the 'Candidate Guidance: Applying for a Job at Poole Hospital' document below.

Please note that this vacancy may close before the advertised closing date if sufficient suitable applications are received.

All communication sent by the Trust in relation to your ONLINE application and any offer of employment will be sent via your NHS Jobs account and/or the email address that you use when applying for this position. We would therefore strongly advise you to check your NHS Jobs account and email inbox on a regular basis.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and where applicable, criminal record checks will be undertaken for successful candidates in accordance with the Trust’s Recruitment & Selection and Criminal Record Checks procedures.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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