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Trainee Clinical Technologist/Nuclear Medicine Radiographer Full Time

at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust Derby in Derby (Published at 21-01-2022)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual to train to become a Clinical Technologist in the Nuclear Medicine Service of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, based at the Royal Derby Hospital.

The Nuclear Medicine Service provides specialist diagnostic imaging and non-imaging patient services. A wide range of investigations are performed to assess the function of organs or organ systems, by administering radioactive materials and analysing their distribution within the body. This is a rewarding people-orientated career involving applied health sciences and direct patient care.

You should be an enthusiastic, highly motivated and caring individual; with an attention to detail; good time management and planning skills to ensure successful completion of the training program. The ability to work and communicate well with people is essential. You should have a BSc. Honours Degree in a physical science or a subject with a significant science component; or equivalent.

Applications from registered Radiographers, wishing to work in Nuclear Medicine will be considered at Band 5 (non-Annex U/21) for an alternative 2-year training scheme. This will involve theoretical and practical study through the completion of an accredited professional training scheme with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

All course tuition fees and expenses associated with completion of either training program will be met by the Nuclear Medicine Department.

You will participate in a two-year, accredited structured training programme that incorporates ?on the job? training with protected time to study relevant scientific and theoretical knowledge and skills through a block-release, part time, Post-graduate Diploma in Nuclear Medicine at the University of Salford. During the training period, you will develop expertise to enable you to carry out routine diagnostic imaging and non-imaging studies on patients in your care. You will also participate in radiopharmaceutical dispensing and manufacture.

On successful completion, you will be expected to join the Register of Clinical Technologists accredited register and will practice as a qualified Nuclear Medicine Clinical Technologist within the department.

Closing date of applications - 3 February 2022

Interview date 17 February 2022

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

In return we will offer:

  • A variety of flexible working options

  • Development opportunities, including both professional and leadership development

  • On-going support through every step of the way from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond.

  • A variety of other staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key Facts about our Trust:

  • Our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients daily

  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust ? over 3,300 per week

  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day ? 6th largest in the country

  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients daily.

  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres

  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres

  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day

This is a great opportunity to begin your career in a varied and interesting discipline. The Service is one of the busiest Nuclear Medicine departments in the country and is an accredited training centre for Nuclear Medicine Technologists. It has modern facilities with three gamma cameras, two with SPECT-CT, and its own dedicated radiopharmacy manufacturing unit with cell labelling facility. Itprovides a full range of diagnostic imaging and non-imaging studies along with a number of molecular radiotherapy treatments. You will be joining a large team of Clinical Technologists, Associate Clinical Technologists and Clinical Scientists that will guide and support you through your training program and professional development.

To participate in the following activities, under appropriate supervision, thereby gaining education and skills required to be a Healthcare Science Practitioner in Nuclear Medicine.

1. Undertake all diagnostic nuclear medicine investigations (paediatric, adult and in-vitro and in-vivo) including all methods of radiopharmaceutical administration, image acquisition, image processing

2. Assist other Nuclear Medicine team members (Clinical Technologists/Scientists and Medical Staff) in providing an efficient and timely service to patients.

3. Work within the radiopharmacy following good manufacturing practice (GMP), to ensure the aseptic manufacture of radiopharmaceuticals

4. Aseptically dispense and manufacture radiopharmaceuticals for administration to patients intravenously and by other routes.

5. Administer, under direct supervision, intravenous radioactive injections to patients (including paediatric) where authorised to do so by the relevant ARSAC (Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee) license holder.

6. Undertake daily equipment quality assurance programmes within radiopharmacy and the nuclear medicine department.

7. Use complex scientific and imaging equipment, including the gamma camera.

8. Perform the radiation monitoring within Nuclear Medicine and help ensure the various radioactive sources are secure.

9. Ensure that all radiopharmacy, clinical and other information records are fully and accurately completed, including the Radiology and Quality Assurance computer systems.

10. Use standard computer applications and programs for the preparation, presentation and analysis of information, as required.

11. Ensure appropriate tidiness and efficiency is maintained in the work areas within the radiopharmacy and nuclear medicine department, as necessary.

12. To be responsible for the care and comfort of the patient whilst they are in the Nuclear Medicine Department and respecting their privacy, dignity and religious and cultural beliefs.

13. Provide for patient?s personal care, where necessary

14. Discuss potentially sensitive information with patients tactfully or give patients advice, where there may be barriers to understanding.

15. Communicate patient observations and relevant patient clinical history to senior clinical technologists and medical staff.

16. To be familiar and comply with: IR(ME)R17 procedures; Local Rules (IRR17); Health & Safety; EPR16, COSHH and Infection Control policies as outlined by the Trust or department to ensure a safe working environment.

17. Act as an operator under IR(ME)R.

18. Follow all relevant policies and procedures within the radiopharmacy and nuclear medicine department and report all non-conformances with procedures.

19. Report all potential and actual faults and hazards.

20. Ensure that all radioactive materials are stored, accumulated and disposed of according to EPR16 procedures.

21. Participate in an accredited, part-time post-graduate diploma course in Nuclear Medicine Imaging at the University of Salford.

22. Undertake training and assessment against the competences required by the above course

23. Manage personal effectiveness by reflection and review of practice and participating in continuing professional development.

24. Collate and maintain a portfolio of training evidence to support learning experiences.

25. Be responsible for own work and progression through the scheme.

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